30 Facts About Barton Gellman


Barton Gellman published a book for Penguin Press on the rise of the surveillance-industrial state in May 2020.

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Barton Gellman is based at the Century Foundation, where he is a senior fellow, and holds an appointment as Visiting Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Barton Gellman's father was Stuart Gellman and his mother Marcia Jacobs of Philadelphia.

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Barton Gellman earned a master's degree in politics from University College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Barton Gellman has said he found his way to his high school newspaper after washing out as a junior varsity gymnast.

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Barton Gellman won a favorable settlement nearly a year after graduation, but the articles were never published.

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Barton Gellman became chairman, or editor in chief, of The Daily Princetonian in his junior year of college, and worked as a summer intern at The New Republic, National Journal, The Miami Herald and The Washington Post.

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Barton Gellman returned to Washington as diplomatic correspondent in late 1997, covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the collapse of the United Nations Special Commission effort to disarm Iraq.

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Barton Gellman moved to New York in 1999 to take up a role as special projects reporter, focusing on long-term investigative stories.

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Barton Gellman spent the next two years tracking the war with Al Qaeda.

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Barton Gellman broke important stories about the use of and misuse of intelligence Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before and after the war in Iraq, including an account of the previously undisclosed White House Iraq Group.

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When Gellman reported that U S and allied teams had exhausted their leads on a "reconstituted" Iraqi nuclear weapons program, the CIA issued a strong rebuttal.

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In 2005, Barton Gellman discovered that the Defense Department, under Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was building Strategic Support Branch, a clandestine human intelligence service to rival the CIA, and that the commander had a controversial past.

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Between 2010 and 2013, Barton Gellman was contributing editor at large of Time magazine, where his work included cover stories on extremist domestic militias, on FBI Director Robert Mueller, and on the early influences in the life of Republican Party Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney.

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Barton Gellman wrote Time CounterSpy blog on digital privacy and security.

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Barton Gellman returned to The Washington Post on temporary contract in May 2013 to lead the paper's coverage of the 2013 and 2014 Global surveillance disclosure, based on top-secret documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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In December 2013, after interviewing Snowden in Moscow, Barton Gellman summarized 6 months of reporting in The Post as follows:.

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Barton Gellman has spoken about the revelations in numerous broadcasts and public appearances.

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Barton Gellman spoke of the biblical roots of surveillance in a lecture at St John's Church and participated in panel discussions at Princeton, Yale and Harvard.

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Barton Gellman has twice debated former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden about the Snowden revelations, first at Duke University and then at American University.

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In February 2014, Barton Gellman stated during an event at Georgetown University that due to legal concerns the full story about his contact with Snowden had not yet been revealed.

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Barton Gellman helped adapt the book for a screenplay, initially optioned for an HBO miniseries.

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Barton Gellman has contributed to three Pulitzer Prizes for The Washington Post, winning as an individual, team member and team leader.

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Previously, Barton Gellman was a jury-nominated Pulitzer finalist in 1999 and 2004.

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In 2014, Barton Gellman shared the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for five stories on the NSA.

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Barton Gellman returned to Princeton for two semesters as Ferris Professor of Journalism in 2002 and 2009, teaching courses called "The Literature of Fact" and "Investigative Reporting".

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In 2003 and 2004, Barton Gellman organized a lecture series on national security secrecy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.

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Barton Gellman delivered two of the lectures himself, making arguments that prefigured the debate about the disclosure of secrets obtained ten years later from Edward Snowden.

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Since 2011, Barton Gellman has twice taught a course called "Secrecy, Accountability and the National Security State".

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Barton Gellman is the father of four children: Abigail, Micah, Lily, and Benjamin Gellman.

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