Just Announced: Edward Snowden to join live lecture and Q&A via satellite at Englert Theatre

Image by Thierry Ehrmann
Photo by Thierry Ehrmann

Intelligence not Mistaken but Fixed for War

Englert Theatre — Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee and Veterans for Peace announced today that Edward Snowden will be participating live in next Monday’s lecture, “Intelligence not Mistaken but Fixed for War,” featuring former CIA anlayst Ray McGovern and FBI whistle blower Coleen Rowley. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

From the news release sent today:

Edward Snowden to join lecture with former CIA analyst and FBI whistleblower

“The University Lecture Committee knows Snowden is simultaneously perceived as a traitor by some and a patriot by others, and challenges America’s views on security and liberty,” said Carter Bell, UI student and chair of the Lecture Committee. “We look forward to a thought-provoking evening.”

While at the FBI, Rowley wrote a whistleblower memo about the agency’s failures in regard to preventing the September 11th attacks. A 1980 graduate from the UI College of Law, her decision led TIME to name her one of their “Persons of the Year” in 2002 along with two other whistleblowers. Rowley will also receive the Lecture Committee’s 2015 Notable Iowan Award.

McGovern served as an Army officer in the early 1960s, and was an analyst in the CIA from 1963-1990. He chaired National Intelligence Estimates in the 1980s and prepared the President’s Daily Brief. In protest against the agency’s use of torture, McGovern in 2006 returned the Intelligence Commendation Medallion awarded him at retirement.

Snowden’s decision to leak documents regarding U.S. intelligence community efforts at home and abroad sparked a larger debate about the balance between surveillance and privacy.