Ellen Nakashima

ReporterWashington, D.C.


The strategy, which Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced during a speech at Stanford University, is part of a concerted effort to be more transparent about the United States’ use of tools to defend and deter attacks.

  • Apr 23, 2015

Ashton Carter seeks to engage the tech industry and encourage innovation.

  • Apr 22, 2015

Immunity for firms that share Americans’ data with the government is both welcomed and attacked.

  • Apr 22, 2015

The move comes amid a bipartisan bid to scale back the government’s spying powers under the Patriot Act.

  • Apr 22, 2015

Michele Leonhart’s departure follows an inspector general report that found instances of misconduct among agents.

  • Apr 21, 2015

U.S. officials said the material was first stolen by North Korea as revenge for a movie about Kim Jong Un.

  • Apr 16, 2015

Privacy advocates say attempts to bypass encryption will create vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit.

  • Apr 10, 2015

Officials say they have sought to address concerns raised by civil liberties advocates and lawmakers.

  • Apr 2, 2015

The measure, in the works for two years, is intended to punish and deter foreign adversaries.

  • Apr 2, 2015

What first looked like an attempt to breach security now appears to have been a wrong turn by two men who police believe stole a vehicle and perhaps didn’t stop because they had drugs inside.

  • Mar 30, 2015
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Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She focuses on issues relating to intelligence, technology and civil liberties. She previously served as a Southeast Asia correspondent for the paper. She wrote about the presidential candidacy of Al Gore and co-authored a biography of Gore, and has also covered federal agencies, Virginia state politics and local affairs. She joined the Post in 1995.
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