Barton Gellman on the US National Security Agency Scandal

July 1, 2020

Barton Gellman is one of the best-known journalists and authors in the United States. He has worked at the Washington Post and is now a staff writer at The Atlantic as well as Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation. He reported on the US National Security Agency’s activities, based on information provided by Edward Snowden. In early 2013, an individual identifying themselves as ‘Verax’ (shortly afterwards revealed as Edward Snowden) contacted Barton with information pertaining to the US National Security Agency’s worldwide spying on citizens’ electronic communications.  Barton talks to BRLSI’s David Haywood about key moments in his career, including the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the activities of Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush presidency, the surveillance state and more.

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