Barton Gellman

New York

Barton Gellman writes for the national staff. He has contributed to three Pulitzer Prizes for The Washington Post, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

He is also a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and visiting lecturer at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. After 21 years at The Post, where he served tours as legal, military, diplomatic, and Middle East correspondent, Gellman resigned in 2010 to concentrate on book and magazine writing. He returned on temporary assignment in 2013 and 2014 to anchor

Latest from Barton Gellman

    In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked top-secret National Security Agency documents showing how the U.S. was spying on its citizens. Here’s what happened next.

    Reporter Barton Gellman on how he met NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and broke the explosive news about the American government's surveillance program.

    May 11, 2020

    Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call

    Trump also told the Philippines president that he is doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” during the call.

    May 23, 2017

    As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security

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

    April 10, 2015

    U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

    U.S. firm’s work helped develop “network injection appliances” that are sold to foreign security services.

    August 15, 2014

    How your cat video addiction could be used to hack you

    Tools capable of network injection exploits are being sold by commercial surveillance companies, a new report claims.

    August 15, 2014

    How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story

    Reporter Bart Gellman answers readers’ questions about his most recent surveillance story.

    July 11, 2014

    In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    Files provided by Edward Snowden show the extent ordinary Web users get caught in the net of surveillance.

    July 5, 2014

    U.S. officials, Snowden clash over e-mail records

    The agency said the former contractor never raised concerns about surveillance programs

    May 29, 2014

    NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

    Surveillance system is capable of recording ‘100 percent’ of calls in at least one foreign country.

    March 18, 2014