Jonathan Fredman


Jonathan Fredman has held a number of legal and policy positions for the U.S. Government, including Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Special Programs, chief counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence Counterterrorist Center, and Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence.  

He has taught national security law, the law of foreign intelligence, and the law of counterterrorism, and has been published in the ABA National Security Law ReportYale Law and Policy Review, and Studies in Intelligence.  

Prior to entering government, Mr. Fredman was an attorney in private practice with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York and Washington, and a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Charles M. Metzner of the Southern District of New York.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1979 magna cum laude with an A.B. in Public and International Affairs, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1983, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Mr. Fredman is a recipient of the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Middle East Mission Manager Medallion.  

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Covert Action Policy and ProcedureLink)
ABA National Security Law Report

Outlines the key features of covert action, its limitations and successes.

Princeton University Program in Law and Public AffairsLink)

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Letter to the Senate Armed Services CommitteeLink)


Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcement, and the Prosecution TeamLink)

Yale Law and Policy Review

Discusses alignment issues that arise under Brady, the Jencks Act, and Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure when intelligence information may relate to criminal investigations and prosecution.

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