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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How Jeffrey Sterling Took on the CIA — and Lost Everything

How Jeffrey Sterling Took on the CIA — and Lost Everything

A black CIA officer, Sterling filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency, spoke to Congress as a whistleblower — and was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and sent to prison.

Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize “Collect It All” Surveillance

Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize “Collect It All” Surveillance

As Congress struggles over renewal of Patriot Act, NSA documents show intelligence experts warning that “tsunami” of surveillance data can actually hinder search for terrorists.

The CIA and the Myths of the Bin Laden Raid

The CIA and the Myths of the Bin Laden Raid

A new Frontline documentary could not come at a better moment, as Seymour Hersh re-opens debate over the considerable holes in the government’s story.

Obama’s War on Leaks Faces Backlash in Court

Obama’s War on Leaks Faces Backlash in Court

Judge’s decision on prison sentence for Jeffrey Sterling, former CIA agent, seen as rebuke of government’s claim of significant harm caused by leaks to journalists.

Stephen Kim, Ex-State Department Official in Leak Case, Released from Prison

Stephen Kim, Ex-State Department Official in Leak Case, Released from Prison

The indictment and conviction of Kim were the focus of a lengthy investigation and mini-documentary by The Intercept.

CIA’s Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to 42 Months for Leaking to New York Times Journalist

CIA&#8217;s Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to 42 Months for Leaking to <em>New York Times</em> Journalist

Sterling’s prison term is surprisingly short but still highlights the Obama administration’s selective prosecution of leakers.

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

Petraeus Gets Leniency for Leaking — And Risen&#8217;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.