World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents James Clapper
In a world shrouded in secrecy, it’s unusual for a life-long intelligence officer to speak candidly about issues that are playing out in real-time. But James Clapper isn’t just any intelligence official; he’s the former director of national intelligence who, at the recommendation of then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, served President Barack Obama for six years. On his watch, the seasoned career intelligence officer had to navigate the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency, a brush with perjury charges, WikiLeaks, and alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In his new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, Clapper contemplates the pressing cybersecurity and privacy issues facing our nation and citizens. In an armchair conversation with Brendan Miniter, editorial editor for The Dallas Morning News, he will offer his perspective on these issues, along with the successes and failures of the intelligence community.