In a statement released today, the Hoover Institution announces its support of professor Mike McFaul, who the Russian government is seeking to interview. McFaul is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Tom Gilligan, director of the Hoover Institution, said, “The free expression of ideas is absolutely central to the academic life of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. We stand behind professor Mike McFaul’s freedom of inquiry, thought, expression, speech, and publication – ideals that are fundamental to the mission of the university and to the Hoover Institution. An assault on Mike McFaul’s academic freedom for the purpose of retribution and intimidation cannot and should not be tolerated.”
In an essay in National Review, Hoover senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson describes Putin’s strategy as a “false equivalency” of comparing McFaul to the indicted Russians and an “absurd” request.
On Thursday, the White House announced it would not honor the Russian request.
Clifton B. Parker, Hoover Institution: 650-498-5204, cbparker [at] stanford.edu