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Justin Elliott

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Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, where he has covered money in politics, the National Security Agency, and the American Red Cross. He has produced stories for The New York Times and National Public Radio, and his reporting with NPR on the Red Cross’ troubled post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti won a 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Before joining ProPublica, he was a reporter at Salon.com. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in history and classics.

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State Department Finally Releases List of 'Special Government Employees’

The department revealed the names following scrutiny last year on Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, But It Doesn't Actually Support His Ruling

A new ruling supporting the NSA's metadata surveillance program points to the 9/11 report as evidence for the necessity of such a program. Except the 9/11 report doesn’t contain the evidence the judge says it does.

Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption

A panel of experts appointed by President Obama says the U.S. government should get out of the business of weakening technology used to secure communications.

World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games

Snowden documents show intelligence agencies conducting surveillance and grabbing data in virtual worlds.

Who Are State Dept’s 100 “Special Government Employees"? It Won’t Say

Earlier this year Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin drew scrutiny for working at the State Department and a consulting firm at the same time. The agency is mum on who else had such an arrangement.

Special Government Employees Lists

Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence

The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.

How the NSA’s Claim on Thwarted Terrorist Plots Has Spread

In the months since revelations about NSA surveillance began, intelligence officials and members of Congress have claimed that the agency's efforts have thwarted 54 terrorist attacks. But a review of official statements shows the NSA has been inconsistent about how many plots have actually been thwarted and what the role the spying programs played. Despite a lack of evidence, Congress and the media have rushed to repeat the most extreme version of the NSA’s claims.

Government Standards Agency “Strongly” Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard

The decision follows revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards.

From Russia With PR

Commentaries published on CNBC.com and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but placed on behalf of the Russian government by its PR firm, Ketchum.

Johns Hopkins and the Case of the Missing NSA Blog Post

The university, which works closely with the NSA, apologizes to a professor after he was asked to remove his post.

What NSA Transparency Looks Like

Disclosures by the spy agency about violations of privacy rules have been almost entirely redacted.

NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own Emails

In response to a public records request, the super-snooping spy agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

Does the NSA Tap That? What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

In a secret effort, the National Security Agency appears to be vacuuming up large swathes of the Internet.

Dark Money Group Spent on House Race, Then Told IRS It Didn’t

A Better America Now had spent money on mailers linking a congressional candidate to "left-wing extremists" and a controversy involving an endangered spider.

Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

The early debate around a key provision wasn’t about anything like mass collection of phone records.

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency's Snooping

The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.

Mass Surveillance in America: A Timeline of Loosening Laws and Practices

The evolution of the National Security Agency’s dragnet under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

As Congress probes why the IRS flagged Tea Party applications, we offer some context on the rise of political social welfare nonprofits.

How the IRS’s Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement and financial constraints.

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