Meet Whistleblower Katherine Gun in London

6 February 2018 — RootsAction

Katharine Gun

Fifteen years ago, Katharine Gun leaked a GCHQ memo revealing U.S. spying operations on UN Security Council members. This simple act of bravery helped to galvanise the mass movement of opposition to the Iraq War. It also served as a telling reminder of the essential role played by the press in speaking truth to power and upholding the fabric of democratic life.

A generation on, the legacy of that leak is writ large in a resurgent politics of resistance to the warfare and surveillance state on both sides of the Atlantic. This unique event brings together a panel, including Katharine herself, to discuss the lessons of that leak, and ask: What can and should we be doing — journalists, scholars, activists, policymakers, the public overall — to do justice to the immeasurable public service performed by whistleblowers?

15 Years After Katharine Gun’s Truth-Telling on the Verge of the Iraq War

     Friday, March 2 at 6 pm
     Birkbeck, University of London
     Malet Street, London WC1A 7HX

You can RSVP for this free event by clicking here.

RootsAction is pleased to be co-sponsoring this event with ExposeFacts, Media Reform Coalition, National Union of Journalists, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Courage Foundation, Big Brother Watch, Veterans for Peace UK.

Speakers will include:

Katharine Gun, former GCHQ translator responsible for the 2003 leak;
Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency;
Duncan Campbell, award-winning journalist, author and TV producer;
Matthew Hoh, former U.S. Marine and State Department official serving in Afghanistan and Iraq;
Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney representing Edward Snowden among other whistleblowers;
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and leading voice in the campaign against the UK’s repressive surveillance and official secrecy laws.

Please share this announcement with people you know in the London area.


With best wishes,
The Team

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