Scott Shane

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Scott Shane
Occupation Reporter
Notable credit(s) New York Times
The Baltimore Sun

Scott Shane is an American journalist, currently employed by The New York Times, reporting principally about the United States intelligence community.[1]

Prior to joining The Times, from 1983 to 2004 Shane was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun covering a range of beats.[2] He was The Sun's Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991. Shane witnessed and reported on a crucial time in Russia's modern history. His book Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union provided a brilliant insight into the root causes of the demise of the Soviet regime. One of the main protagonists in the book was a dissident and political prisoner Andrei Mironov.

In 1995, he and Tom Bowman co-wrote a six-part explanatory series of articles on the National Security Agency, the first major investigation of NSA since James Bamford's 1982 book The Puzzle Palace.[3][4] The Baltimore Sun is the home-delivery newspaper for many NSA employees working at its Ft. Meade, Maryland headquarters.

Apart from his role as a reporter of the news, Shane became part of the news himself for his contact with former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison on January 25, 2013 after entering into a plea-bargain agreement in which he accepted conviction for violation of one count of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, in return for all other charges against him by the government being dropped. Kiriakou's attorneys had sought to depose Shane (named as "Journalist B" in the indictment) as part of his defense, but withdrew their subpoena to do so.[5] The prosecution had contended that Kiriakou had been a source for Shane's 2008 report [6] that named non-covert CIA employee Deuce Martinez as having been an interrogator of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the attacks of September 11, 2001, although Martinez did not participate in the extensive pre-questioning waterboarding of "KSM." Shane denied Kiriakou having been a source of his for that story in a rare, first-person account published by The Times of a reporter's role in a story involving national security and secrecy.[7]


  1. ^ "Recent and archived articles by Scott Shane". New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Shane, Scott (May 24, 2004). "Some U.S. prison contractors may avoid charges". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Investigative Reporting Program panelists and moderators". University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Scott Shane and Tom Bowman (December 4, 1995). "No Such Agency Part Four - Rigging the Game". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Aftergood, Steven (October 15, 2012). "Kiriakou Not Allowed to Argue Lack of Intent to Harm U.S.". Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Shane, Scott (June 22, 2008). "Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation". New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (January 8, 2013). "Was a Reporter’s Role in a Government Prosecution a Reason to Recuse Him?". New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 

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