Whistleblower defender, accountability advocate to speak at Benedictine

October 9, 2014

Jesselyn Radack, who represents several national security and intelligence community employees who have been investigated, charged or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information, will present "Speaking Truth in an Age of Lies: The War on Whistleblowers" at Benedictine University at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room.

Her appearance is part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Radack is the director of National Security &Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project, which describes itself as the nation's leading whistleblower organization. Her clients include Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou. She also represents clients bringing whistleblower retaliation complaints in federal court.

Previously, she served on the Legal Ethics Committee of the District of Columbia Bar and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for seven years, first as a trial attorney and later as a legal ethics advisor.

Radack is the author of "TRAITOR: The Whistleblower &the 'American Taliban.'" Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Legal Times, National Law Journal and numerous academic law reviews. She is also a popular blogger at Daily Kos.

Radack received the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award in 2011 and the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in 2012, and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Leading Global Thinkers of 2013."

Radack is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. 

For more information about the lecture or the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, contact (630) 829-6247 or bshore@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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