Walter Pincus


Walter Pincus is a columnist and the Senior National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief, a national security news website. He spent 40 years at The Washington Post, as an editor, reporter, and columnist. In 2002, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also won a George Polk award in 1977, an Emmy in 1981, and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.

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Reflections On Secrecy And The Press From A Life In Journalism

by Walter Pincusvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Though I have been a journalist for most of my career, my experience with overclassification and the vagaries of declassification began in 1969 during an eighteenmonth stint running a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that was investigating the military’s role in foreign policy during the Vietnam War.

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Reflections on Secrecy and the Press from a Life in Journalism

by Walter Pincusvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Looking back over 60 years of experience with classified information as a journalist who also briefly served in Army counterintelligence in the 1950s and ran two investigations for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 1960s, the author reviews the longstanding conflict between the media and government.