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Thomas Drake – Former Senior Executive, US National Security Agency

Does secrecy override the public's right to know in matters of national security?

When it comes to national security does the need for secrecy override the public's right to know? It is a hot debate in many democracies, none more so than the United States where the Obama Administration has gone after leakers and whistle-blowers with unprecedented ferocity. Stephen Sackur speaks to Thomas Drake, a former intelligence official inside America's National Security Agency. His unhappiness with things he saw led him to leak information to a reporter. He ended up prosecuted by the government he had served. Did he deserve the trouble he got?

25 minutes


  • Wed 15 May 2013 08:06GMT