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Ben Wizner    

Legal Advisor to NSA Whistleblower, Edward Snowden; Director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For nearly 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture.

He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.

Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


How ACLU Attorney Ben Wizner Became Snowden's Lawyer
Wizner is the lead lawyer for the NSA whistleblower who set off a global debate in the last year about how far states should go in electronic surveillance of their citizens. Wizner was consulted early on about Snowden by Laura Poitras, the filmmaker to whom Snowden reached out after journalist Glenn Greenwald initially declined to use encrypted email...

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