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Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government

April 21, 2014 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

The Baltimore Sun published a commentary on the recent Pulitzer Prize awards, of which TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman was a recipient. 


But the Pulitzer committee, comprised of leading American newspaper editors and officials, once again took an emphatic position in the cause of the public's right to know what its officialdom is doing in secret in its name. Gellman said his team "consulted with the responsible officials on every story and held back operational details. But we were not prepared to withhold the secret policy decision the government is making for us and surveillance it's directing against us."

Read more about the controversy here

Tags: surveillance, pulitzer prize, nsa, national security, journalism, edward snowden, barton gellman, baltimore sun

Edward Snowden: A whistle-blowing outlaw, now with a Pulitzer Prize to his name http://www.latimes.

April 15, 2014 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

More from the media on Barton Gellman et al.'s Pulitzer Prize win, and what it means for Edward Snowden's revelations.

LA Times:

But Barton Gellman of the Post eventually convinced me that it was impossible to explain the NSA’s “back door” collection of data on Americans — information scooped up overseas that would have been illegal to collect inside the United States — without describing where it came from.


Bart Gellman is by no means done with reporting on the NSA. His stories for The Washington Post won a Public Service Pulitzer today, a prize he and collaborators, including Ashkan Soltani and Laura Poitras, shared with The Guardian for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. “Look, there are more great stories to do, and I have a book to write, so I will be on this subject for time to come,” Gellman said by phone.

Tags: surveillance, pulitzer, nsa, national security, edward snowden, barton gellman

TCF Senior Fellow Barton Gellman Wins Third Pulitzer

April 14, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security, Additional Focus, News About TCF

Century Foundation senior fellow Barton Gellman shared journalism’s top prize today. The Pulitzer committee awarded its public service medal to The Washington Post and The Guardian for their respective coverage of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program. Gellman, who led the Post’s coverage, based much of his reporting on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor now living in exile in Russia.

Tags: washington post, pulitzer prizes, pulitzer, nsa, national security agency, national security, edward snowden, barton gellman, bart gellman

Glenn Greenwald Greeted by Media Scrum on His Return to the USA

April 14, 2014 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

Many articles in the past few weeks were dedicated to the return of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras to the states, the nomination of the Washington Post and the Guardian US for Pulitzer Prizes, and TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman's receipt of a Polk Award, also alongside Poitras and Greenwald. Below are a few excerpts from the coverage.

From New York magazine:

If America’s spy agencies were monitoring the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel today — and who’s to say they weren’t? — they certainly got an earful. The occasion, the annual George Polk Awards in Journalism, drew an impressive collection of intelligence world scourges. There was New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order to testify against a former CIA officer who allegedly was a source. There was Barton Gellman, who was being honored for publishing some of Edward Snowden’s leaks in the Washington Post. There was Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, whose paper was instrumental in bringing the surveillance story to light in the face of threats from the British government. But the really high-value targets were running late. 

From Huffington Post:

Greenwald drew a distinction between his situation and that of Gellman, who has not been been similarly singled out by the government. Gellman, who didn't meet with Snowden in Hong Kong but interviewed him later in Moscow, has continued to live in the U.S. while reporting for The Washington Post. Greenwald and Poitras, however, have lived abroad the entire time and have published these documents with news outlets worldwide.

Other articles were published in Chron, Vanity Fair, Mashable, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Reuters, and Truthout (for starters). 

Tags: washington post, pulitzer, polk award, nsa, laura poitras, glenn greenwald, edward snowden, barton gellman

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

April 14, 2014 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

Wired this week discusses the operating system Edward Snowden used to disseminate leaked documents to journalists, called Tails. TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman offers commentary.


That money could go a long way toward helping journalists — and others — stay away from the snoops. Reporters, after all, aren’t always the most tech-savvy people. As Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman told the Freedom of the Press Foundation, “Tails puts the essential tools in one place, with a design that makes it hard to screw them up. I could not have talked to Edward Snowden without this kind of protection. I wish I’d had it years ago.”

Read the entire article at Wired.

Tags: wired, surveillance, nsa, national security, edward snowden, barton gellman

A Billion-Dollar ‘Narco Junior’ Cuts a Deal

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe's latest for The New Yorker details the case of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a "second-generation drug trafficker."


Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who is thirty-nine years old, is what Mexicans call a “narco junior”—a second-generation drug trafficker. His father, Ismael Zambada, who is known as El Mayo, has long been the No. 2 man in the dominant drug-trafficking organization in the Americas, the Sinaloa Cartel. In 2009, Vicente Zambada was arrested by Mexican authorities and promptly extradited to Chicago, where he was expected to stand trial for importing drugs to that city as a key logistics manager for the cartel.

Read Keefe's full article at The New Yorker.

Tags: zambada niebla, the new yorker, patrick radden keefe, mexican drug war, drug trafficking, drug cartel


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