Peter Maass

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Peter Maass has written about war, media, and national security for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. He reported on both civilians and combatants during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, an award-winning memoir about the conflict in Bosnia, and he wrote Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. Peter, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, has focused most recently on government and corporate surveillance, and is working on a book about surveillance for Alfred A. Knopf. He has taught writing at Princeton and Columbia universities, and he has been awarded fellowships at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard and the American Academy in Berlin. He is on the advisory boards of the Solutions Journalism Network, and the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in New York City.

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Petraeus Gets Leniency for Leaking — And Risen’s CIA Source Should Too, His Lawyers Say

Petraeus Gets Leniency for Leaking — And Risen’s CIA Source Should Too, His Lawyers Say

Jeffrey Sterling’s attorneys ask judge that he “not receive a different form of justice” than Petraeus.

Why Should Bergdahl Suffer More Than Generals Who Did Far Worse?

Why Should Bergdahl Suffer More Than Generals Who Did Far Worse?

There is scarce punishment, and lots of rewards, for generals who preside over disasters. Low-level soldiers aren’t so fortunate.

Lawyers for CIA Leaker Cite Selective Prosecution After Petraeus Plea Deal

Lawyers for CIA Leaker Cite Selective Prosecution After Petraeus Plea Deal

Race and lack of insider power are reasons for harsh treatment of Jeffrey Sterling, his lawyers say.

After Petraeus Plea Deal, Lawyer Demands Release of Stephen Kim

After Petraeus Plea Deal, Lawyer Demands Release of Stephen Kim

Kim’s attorney cites a “profound double standard” in government’s treatment of leakers after Gen. Petraeus avoids prison.

Atrocities Committed by U.S.-Trained Iraqi Forces — Again

Atrocities Committed by U.S.-Trained Iraqi Forces — Again

U.S.-backed forces are committing the same war crimes as their Islamic State enemies, including beheadings, torture, and the wanton killing of prisoners.

Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks

Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks

David Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA director, admitted today that he gave highly-classified journals to his onetime lover and that he lied to the FBI about it. But he only has to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor that will not involve a jail sentence thanks to a deal with federal prosecutors. The deal>>

The Intercept’s Laura Poitras Wins Academy Award for ‘Citizenfour’

The Intercept’s Laura Poitras Wins Academy Award for ‘Citizenfour’

Poitras, a founding editor of The Intercept, won an Academy Award for her documentary about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower.

Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story.

Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story.

For the first time, Kim tells how it felt to be turned into a public enemy.

Oscars Make History, So Hollywood’s War Stories Need To Be True

Oscars Make History, So Hollywood’s War Stories Need To Be True

Cultural critics like to tell us that movies are just movies, but the “calm down it’s just a movie” attitude is chiefly used to protect narratives — like Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper — that confirm our prejudices.

How Clint Eastwood Ignores History in ‘American Sniper’

How Clint Eastwood Ignores History in ‘American Sniper’

A war movie that can be true of one American’s experience and utterly false to the experience of millions of Iraqis.