A moderated discussion with Pulitzer Prize winner, Bart Gellman ’82, who broke the story of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program and other exclusives from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in Dodds auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. He will be joined by Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, who will lead the discussion to get a first-hand accounting of how the story broke.
Gellman, a journalist and bestselling author, is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and Woodrow Wilson School author in residence. He was one of three journalists in the world to interview and receive intelligence archives from Edward Snowden. Until early 2010, he was a special projects reporter at The Washington Post, following tours that covered diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon, and the D.C. superior court. Gellman is the author of the bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, and won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for his Cheney series, with partner Jo Becker.
Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He crafted the 1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and in 1991 served as a member of the U.S. peace team that brought about the Madrid Peace Conference. Kurtzer is the co-author of “Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East;” co-author of “The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011;” and editor of “Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.”