Walter Pincus

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Walter Pincus is a columnist and the Senior National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief, a national security news website. He spent 40 years at The Washington Post, as an editor, reporter, and columnist. In 2002, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also won a George Polk award in 1977, an Emmy in 1981, and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.

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Reflections on Secrecy and the Press from a Life in Journalism

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Though I have been a journalist for most of my career, my experience with overclassification and the vagaries of declassification began in 1969 during an eighteenmonth stint running a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that was investigating the military’s role in foreign policy during the Vietnam War.