Katharine Graham

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Katharine Graham (b June 16, 1917; d July 17, 2001) was the publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 until 1991.

Normal Solomon from the media watchdog group FAIR cites a November 1988 speech that she gave senior CIA officials at the agency headquarters in Langley: "There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows." [1] On another occasion, he wrote, she stated "There have been instances in which secrets have been leaked to us which we thought were so dangerous that we went to them [U.S. officials] and told them that they had been leaked to us and did not print them." [2]


  • Katharine Graham, "Personal History", Vintage; Reprint edition 1998. ISBN 10 0375701044 ISBN 13 978-0375701047

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  1. Directors, National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, accessed December 13, 2007.
  2. Abdlatif Y. Al-Hamad, Centre for Global Negotiations, accessed September 21, 2008.