Running secret intelligence services in free democratic countries has always had its peculiarities. American journalist Tim Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, whose ancestors come from Slovakia, will in his lecture seek answers to the questions: Who controls information in a free society? How can reporters fight censorship by oligarchs and intelligence services? How are intelligence services controlled in a democracy?
You can watch the live broadcast of his lecture from the Assembly Hall of Comenius University in Bratislava online right here on Monday, 5 November, 2012 at 4:00PM.
Tim Weiner (b. 1956) has won the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for his reporting and writing on the dilemmas of running secret intelligence services in a democracy. A reporter for The New York Times from 1993 to 2009, he has worked in 18 nations as a foreign correspondent, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Cuba, and Haiti. For a decade, he covered the Central Intelligence Agency as a national security correspondent based in Washington, D.C.
Weiner won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as an investigative reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, for his articles on secret intelligence programs at the Pentagon and the CIA. He won the National Book Award in Nonfiction for his 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. His most recent book, Enemies: A History of the FBI, traces the history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations—from the bureau's creation in the early 20th century through its ongoing role in the war on terrorism.
Tim Weiner’s books:
- Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget. Warner Books, 1989
- Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy. Random House, 1995.
- Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Doubleday, 2007.
- Enemies: A History of the FBI. Random House, 2012.
Organisers: The Slovak Spectator, Tatra Banka Foundation, Comenius University in Bratislava, Petit Academy.