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How America Lost Its Secrets

In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked documents containing details of American government surveillance. Was he a hero or a traitor, a whistle-blower or a spy? In his new book How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, The Man, And the Theft, Edward Jay Epstein, delves into how Snowden managed to take America’s closely guarded secrets, who Snowden is, and how government policy enabled him.

Edward Jay Epstein is an investigative journalist who earned his Ph.d under James Q. Wilson and Edward Banfield at Harvard. He has taught political science at MIT and UCLA. He is the author of many books, including Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth, News From Nowhere: Television and the News and Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer, and has written for publications including The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.

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Light snacks will be provided.

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Edward Jay Epstein @edwardepstein
Author, How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, The Man, and the Theft


Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn
Vice President, New America