Global Security Expert Fred Fleitz Speaks at UI Martin Forum

Friday, April 11 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 11, 2014 – Frederick Fleitz, a global security expert and senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, will present the University of Idaho's final Martin Forum of the academic year at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 16 in the Albertson building, room 102, located at 875 Campus Dr. in Moscow. 

His talk, "Spying and Leaks at Home and Abroad: The NSA, CIA, and Edward Snowden," will discuss the aftermaths of Snowden leaks of thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents, the ensuing global conversation about citizens' rights to privacy on the Internet, and the questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy. 

“Over the past several years, discussions about spying and/or leaks have generally focused on domestic or international spheres,” said Bill L. Smith, director of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies. “Fleitz will demonstrate that the two spheres are in fact interrelated, and you must consider one in the context of the other.”

Fleitz served as a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency for almost two decades, as chief of staff to John Bolton, then Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. From 2006-2011, Fleitz was a professional staff member with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). In 2011, Fleitz founded LIGNET, a Washington, DC-based global analysis and forecasting service. LIGNET analyses have focused on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, counterterrorism, and Middle East security issues, especially concerning Israel, Syria, and Egypt. With his experience, Fleitz will inform the community about the Snowden leaks and related privacy issues. 

The forum is sponsored by the university’s Martin Institute and the Program in International Studies.

In addition to the forum, Fleitz will also meet with the International Affairs Club.

Martin Forums on international topics are part of the educational and outreach missions of the Martin Institute. The institute was founded to advance research and teach about the causes of conflict and peaceful resolution. For additional information, visit


Amanda Cairo
University Communications
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