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Ten Noteworthy Moments in U.S. Investigative Journalism

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

TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman’s investigation of the NSA joins Sy Hersh’s My Lai massacre reporting, the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, and Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate story on the Brookings Institution’s list of top ten moments in American investigative journalism.

In early June 2013, The Post and The Guardian broke nearly-simultaneous stories about National Security Agency surveillance activities being conducted on U.S. citizens and foreign officials. Both sets of articles, led by Barton Gellman at The Post and Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian, along with Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill, initially relied on a confidential source who was a former NSA analyst and then-employee at a private sector consulting firm. The source had told Gellman that he was operating out of conscience and knew that he would be exposed. That person was Edward Snowden. Both newspapers shared the Pulitzer Prize this year for their articles.

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Tags: nsa, investigative journalism, edward snowden, brookings institution, barton gellman

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly

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

TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is quoted in a Verge article on potential privacy issues with Apple’s latest operating system.

The biggest concern is that a user might accidentally search their own computer for a sensitive file—in Post reporter Barton Gellman’s example, “secret plans Obama leaked me”—and unwittingly reveal that search term to Apple more broadly.

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Tags: the verge, privacy, apple

The Transnational Fight Against Climate Change

October 20, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya writes about transnational climate change governance at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

Tags: transnational governance, local government, climate change, cairo review of global affairs, book review

Four Questions Every Candidate Should Answer on Climate Change

October 17, 2014 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya writes for The Hill that climate change keeps tripping up candidates ahead of the 2014 midterms. He offers four substantive questions that all candidates should have to answer.

As much as I—and other climate-change-conscious-voters—would love it if this were not a pressing and potentially catastrophic issue, that’s not the case. Climate change is coming. Asking candidates (as well as our elected representatives) serious questions about how they plan to tackle it is a duty not only to ourselves, but to future generations of Americans.

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Tags: climate change, 2014 midterm, 2014 elections

Four questions every candidate should answer on climate change

October 16, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya writes at The Hill that every candidate for political office should answer four specific questions about climate change,

Tags: the hill, congress, climate change, 2014 elections

Edward Snowden: It was worth it

TCF fellow, Barton Gellman has been mentioned in a Politico article about the Edward Snowden leaks.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Saturday defended his disclosure of reams of classified information and said his actions were worth fleeing his seemingly idyllic life in Hawaii and ending up in hiding in Russia, where he was joined by his girlfriend in July.
“It was about getting the information back to people so they could decide if they cared about it, and on that account … I could not have been more wrong in thinking that people wouldn’t care,” he told a New Yorker Festival audience Saturday afternoon via webcast from an undisclosed location in Moscow.

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Tags: snowden nsa, snowden leaks, snowden, nsa leaks, edward snowden and the nsa, edward snowden


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