Ewen MacAskill

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Ewen MacAskill (born c.1952)[1] is a Scottish journalist. Working for The Guardian, he is their defence and intelligence correspondent. MacAskill was involved in preparing the publication disclosures from Edward Snowden of the activities of the American National Security Agency (NSA).


MacAskill was a political editor for The Scotsman for six years (1990–96) before becoming chief political correspondent for The Guardian. In 2007, he was named Washington DC bureau chief.[2]

While based in the United States, he was involved in preparing the Edward Snowden revelations concerning the NSA for publication liaising with Snowden and his contact, Glenn Greenwald, who had brought the story to the attention of then GuardianUS editor Janine Gibson.[1] As a result of his reporting on Global surveillance disclosures, he was named co-recipient of the 2013 George Polk Award. The same reporting also contributed to the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service awarded jointly to The Guardian and The Washington Post in April 2014.[3][4]

MacAskill is portrayed by British actor Tom Wilkinson in the Edward Snowden biopic Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden.


  1. ^ a b Bryan Burrough, Sarah Ellison and Suzanna Andrews "The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light", Vanity Fair, May 2014
  2. ^ "Ewen MacAskill". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Ed Pilkington. "Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Amanda Holpuch. "Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian dedicate award to Snowden". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2014.