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Jesselyn Radack is National Security & Human Rights Director. Her work focuses on the issues of secrecy, surveillance, torture, and discrimination, where she has been at the forefront of challenging the government’s unprecedented “war on whistleblowers.” Among her clients are seven national security and intelligence community employees who have been investigated, charged, or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information, including Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, and John Kiriakou. She also represents clients bringing whistleblower retaliation complaints in federal court and other administrative bodies. Previously, she served on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee and worked at the Justice Department for seven years, first as a trial attorney and later as a legal ethics advisor.
The author of TRAITOR: The Whistleblower & the “American Taliban,” Ms. Radack has written prominent opinion pieces that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Legal Times, National Law Journal, and numerous academic law reviews. She is also a popular blogger at Daily Kos. Ms Radack received the "Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award" in 2012, the "Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award" in 2012, and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s "Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.”
Ms. Radack is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
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