For immediate release | January 21, 2014

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

Ackerman will discuss the ways that the NSA revelations have shaken the American perception of privacy and affected the public, legislators and other stakeholders. A former senior writer for Wired, Ackerman received the National Magazine Award for Digital Reporting in 2012. He began his career at The New Republic and wrote for Wired magazine's national security blog, Danger Room. Immediately following Ackerman’s presentation, Patrice McDermott, executive director of, will lead a question-and-answer segment.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office