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May 12, 2013
Scott Shane
New York Times National Security Reporter
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Scott Shane received a B.A. in English from Williams College in 1976 and a M.A. in English from Oxford University in 1978. From 1983 to 2004, he was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, becoming the paper’s Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991. He won the nation’s top science writing award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a series he co-wrote about a public health project in Nepal. In 1995 he co-wrote a book about the Soviet collapse titled “Dismantling Utopia.” In 2004 he joined the New York Times. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Francie Weeks. They have three children. Photo: The New York Times

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Info: Our guest is Scott Shane, national security reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times. He discusses his recent New York Times Sunday feature story titled “From Spy to Source to Convict,” an examination of a former C.I.A. officer now in prison for leaking information to a reporter. He details the charges against former agent John Kiriakou, a fourteen year veteran of the agency who gained notoriety by speaking out against water boarding in an ABC News interview with reporter Brian Ross. He outlines his own involvement as one of the reporters with whom Kiriakou spoke. Shane says that this case represents one of six prosecutions under President Obama for leaking information to the news media. He explains that prior to this administration there were only three other prosecutions for leaking information to the press which were prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917. He suggests that e-mail and other electronic records have contributed to the increase in cases being brought, and that Attorney General Eric Holder has not exercised prosecutorial discretion to stop the cases from proceeding. Shane discusses his early career as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and what motivated him in his early years to choose a career in journalism.

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