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Norman Pearlstine
Two-and-a-half years after he released the notes of a reporter covering the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, former Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine, L’67, explained why he now believes journalists have a responsibility to assess their legal exposure before granting confidentiality or anonymity to sources.

In a lecture at the Law School last November, Pearlstine discussed the lessons he learned from the case and traced the steps that led him to reconsider the orthodoxy that surrounds the protection of journalists’ sources. His talk came on the heels of the release of his book examining the Plame affair, Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources.

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