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Wayne Madsen (born April 25, 1954) is a Washington, D.C.-based investigative journalist, author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs. He is the author of the blog Wayne Madsen Report.
Background and early life 
Madsen was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania on 28 April 1954 to an American mother and a Danish mariner. His grandmother, who emigrated to the U.S. with his father after World War II was Victoria Madsen, a Danish communist party official. In the 1950s Victoria Madsen was deported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Madsen attended the University of Mississippi where he joined the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
In early 1982 he was stationed at the Coos Head Naval Facility which had an allowance of twelve officers, ninety-five enlisted and 15 civilians. He was later given a bad fitness report by his executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Marney Finch who transferred him to Washington D.C. later that year.
In 1984, Madsen was loaned to the National Security Agency by the Navy. He resigned from the Navy in 1985 as a lieutenant, having been passed over for promotion. Madsen described himself as the "most senior lieutenant in the Navy"
Between 1985 and 1989 Madsen held a series of jobs, first working for RCA as a government consultant on contracts for the National Security Agency (NSA). Later he worked for the Navy's Naval Data Automation Command as a civilian employee. After this Madsen briefly established his own consulting firm, then worked for the National Bureau of Standards, and later for the State Department. In 1990 Madsen joined Computer Sciences Corporation, working there from 1990 until 1997, when he joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) as a senior fellow. In late January 2005 Madsen left EPIC.
Journalism career 
In 2005 Madsen began working as a free-lance journalist. He produces a blog called the Wayne Madsen Report. His articles have appeared in publications such as CorpWatch, CounterPunch, CovertAction Quarterly, In These Times, Multinational Monitor, The American Conservative, The Progressive and The Village Voice. His columns have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Columbus Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He appeared on WETA-TVs "White House Chronicle" in January, 2012.
Reporting and opinions 
In 2003 he said that he had uncovered information linking the September 11 attacks to the government of Saudi Arabia as well as to Bush administration. In 2005, he wrote that an unidentified former CIA agent claimed that the USS Cole was actually hit by a Popeye cruise missile launched from an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine.
On 17 May 2005, Madsen testified regarding American policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before a Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights hearing on the situation in the DRC. According to the news magazine New African, Madsens testimony was "was so revealing that the mainstream Western media...have refused to print it."
Later that year he criticized the movie industry for indirectly causing suffering in Africa by promoting diamonds in movies like Breakfast At Tiffany's and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He included Leonardo DiCaprio, whose film Blood Diamond dealt with the issue, as well as Russell Simmons who is selling a line of "nonconflict diamonds." Madsen said about them, "It's a p.r. campaign. They should be saying, 'Don't buy diamonds at all.'"
On June 9, 2008 he reported that unnamed "GOP dirty tricks operatives" had found a Kenyan birth certificate registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. on August 4, 1961. "However, the registration is a common practice in African countries whose citizens abroad have families with foreign nationals." This birth certificate was a cornerstone of the "Kenyan Born" subset of the birther conspiracy theories, and Madsen's article was cited in a Washington state petition challenging Obama's eligibility to serve.
On April 25, 2009, Madsen reported that some unidentified UN World Health Organization officials and scientists believed the 2009 new H1N1 strain of swine flu virus appeared to be the product of U.S. military sponsored gene splicing, as opposed to natural processes. While it can not be ruled out that the virus was created in a research laboratory or vaccine factory, the most plausible explanation is that the virus is the result of modern farming techniques. New Scientist magazine cited the example of a H1N2 influenza pandemic in the 1990s that only affected pigs in the United Kingdom. This subtype of the H1N2 was also a reassortment (mix) of swine, human and avian strains.
In July 2009, Madsen released a report saying there was a "Q Group" within the National Security Agency tasked with plugging leaks of classified information and the monitoring and suppression of journalists who report on the NSA. He noted that with the approaching 10th anniversary of 9/11, the group have "made plans to stop any new revelations that would point to high-level U.S. and Israeli government involvement in the 9/11 attacks" that included the use of Wikileaks to identify potential "leakers".[verification needed][unreliable source?][dead link]
In 2010, Madsen reported in the Pakistan Daily that unnamed sources suggested that the company formerly known as Blackwater, had been conducting false-flag operations in Pakistan that were blamed on the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
In June 2012 Madsen self-published his sixth book. The book purports to be an expose of Barack Obama's rise in American politics and the CIA's role in his attaining the Presidency. He has been described by Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic Monthly as a conspiracy theorist.
- The Manufacturing of a President (Lulu 2012) ISBN 9781300011385
- Jaded Tasks—Brass Plates, Black Ops & Big Oil: The Blood Politics of Bush & Co. (TrineDay, 2006) ISBN 0-9752906-9-X
- America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II. Tempe, AZ: Dandelion Enterprises. 2003. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-893302-29-7. OCLC 55941597. (with co-author John Stanton)
- Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy, Saudi Arabia and the Failed Search for bin Laden co-authored with Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie (Nation Books, 2002) ISBN 1-56025-414-9
- Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (African Studies) (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999) ISBN 0-7734-8002-1
- Handbook of Personal Data Protection (New York: Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 1992) (reference book on international data protection law) ISBN 1-56159-046-0
- US releases 'bin Laden video tapes' Al Jazeera May 8, 2011
- Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes Interview With Wayne Madsen and Rep. Mark Foley Hannity & Colmes (Fox News Channel). April 12, 2002. HighBeam Research accessed 30 May. 2012
- Tavis Smiley Interview: Greg Rollins with the Christian Peacemaker Team, Dana Dillon with The Heritage Foundation and journalist Wayne Madsen discuss the investigation of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal National Public Radio August 24, 2004 HighBeam Research accessed May 30, 2012
- Farooq Hameed Khan Balochistan: The great game The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan) October 11, 2010 HighBeam Research accessed May 30, 2012
- Featured Guests Taylor Report CIUT-FM
- Alcuin Papa Blackwater training mercenaries in Subic Philippine Daily Inquirer August 30, 2009
- CIA using social networks RT TV April 15, 2011
- Wayne Madsen Report
- Wayne Madsen Jaded Tasks Trine Day 2006 page xii ISBN 9780975290699
- Wayne Madsen Counterpunch "In Denmark, where my grandmother Victoria Madsen, an official of the Danish Communist Party and newspaper "
- Wayne Madsen Jaded Tasks, page ix
- Wayne Madsen Jaded Tasks, page xiv-xv
- Wayne Madsen Jaded Tasks, page xv
- At his first posting in Newport, Ensign Madsen was introduced to the "oldest lieutenant in the Navy". This lieutenant had presented himself for an interview with the controversial Admiral Hyman G. Rickover who told him "You have 15 seconds to piss me off" to which he replied by picking up a model submarine from the admiral's desk and smashing it. This lieutenant didn't get the position he was applying for, never attained further promotion and ended his career as the most senior lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Madsen says that, when he himself resigned in 1985, he had the same status as the lieutenant he had met in Newport.
- National Press Club Conference National Press Club (USA)
- Emily Yahr TV Highlights The Washington Post 21 January 2012 HighBeam Research 5 July 2012
- American navy 'helped Venezuelan coup', The Guardian, April 29, 2002
- Saudis want classified US intelligence documents released., Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 30, 2003
- Clearing the Baffles for 911 By Wayne Madsen – October 3, 2005
- How America ran, and still runs, the Congo war New African 1 September 2001 HighBeam Research accessed 2 July 2012
- The "American street" speaks: Will the Democratic Party listen?, Salon, September 29, 2005
- BLOOD ON HANDS OF LEO FLICK?, New York Post, December 2, 2006
- Is There an Israeli Angle to Spitzer Ouster?, Arab News, March 16, 2008
- Madsen, Wayne (2008-06-09). "GOP dirty tricks machine readies a charge that Obama is not eligible to be president". Online Journal. WayneMadenReport.com.
- "Democrat: Obama's grandma confirms Kenyan birth". WorldNetDaily. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- Madsen, Wayne (2009-04-27). "New swine flu feared to be weaponized strain" (reprint). Online Journal. Reprint from: "New swine flu feared to be weaponized strain" (fee required). WayneMadenReport.com. 2009-04-25.
- Russia Today (April 2009). Swine flu is a man made virus ?. Retrieved 2009-04-28. "... to them it doesn't look like this is naturally occurring."
- Is swine flu a bioterrorist virus? New Scientist April 27, 2009
- "NSA Security running amok to plug leaks about 9/11". 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
- "Blackwater/Xe cells conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan". September 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Atlantic "A 9-11 Truther"