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Edward Snowden vs the NSA: Leaks, Privacy and the Surveillance State

On Monday, March 31, Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times, delivered a lecture on Edward Snowden and the NSA as part of the Sussman Lecture Series presented by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. The lecture was held in the Sussman Theater, located in the lower level of Olmsted Center on Drake University’s campus.

Shane’s lecture “Edward Snowden vs. The NSA: Leaks, Privacy and the Surveillance State” was free and open to the public. 

Scott Shane covers national security as a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. He recently wrote a portrait of the National Security Agency based on some 50,000 of the secret documents released by Edward Snowden. Shane has written extensively about American drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and the debate over targeted killing, and his articles on interrogation, written with several colleagues, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Shane wrote the 1995 book Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union, and is currently on book leave, writing for Crown Publishing Group about American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, President Obama’s counterterrorism policies, and the rise of the drone. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and three children.

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