Ralph Nader a witness for Judiciary Committee's WikiLeaks hearing

The House Judiciary Committee has released the witness list for Thursday's hearing on "the Espionage Act and the Legal and Constitutional Issues Raised by WikiLeaks," which features former Green Party presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

The panel is composed mainly of legal scholars and attorneys who may be able to discuss the implications of prosecuting WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange for publishing classified diplomatic cables and other materials leaked to the organization.

Free-speech advocates fear the same legal arguments could be used to prosecute news organizations that publish information in defiance of the government.


The Obama administration has responded by arguing WikiLeaks is not a journalistic organization and doesn't merit the same protections as traditional media organizations. The government has also reportedly pressured companies to cut off their business relationships with WikiLeaks.

The hearing has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Stay tuned for full coverage; the witness list appears after the jump.

  • Mr. Abbe Lowell, partner at McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Mr. Geoffrey Stone, professor of law and former dean, University of Chicago Law School
  • Mr. Thomas Blanton, director, National Security Archive, George Washington University
  • Mr. Kenneth Wainstein, partner at O’Melveny and Myers
  • Mr. Gabriel Schoenfeld, Hudson Institute
  • Mr. Steve Vladeck, professor of law, American University
  • Mr. Ralph Nader, legal advocate and author