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David Wise

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 24 2016

Commentary: When does hacking become Russian disinformation?

During the Cold War, the KGB coined the term “desinformatsiya,” or disinformation, which the CIA defined as "false, incomplete or misleading information" fed to various targets. Both the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in the same game, though the Russians played it far more vigorously.

Sep 26 2016

Commentary: The real danger in Trump’s public response to his secret security briefings

Presidential nominees are not supposed to talk about the intelligence briefings they receive as part of their race for the White House. The classified security information is supposed to help them fully prepare for the presidency — not to be discussed publicly on the campaign trail.

Mar 25 2016

If secrecy is the whole point, how do you make intelligence agencies share?

Intelligence agencies exist to steal secrets of other countries and protect their own. Few outsiders can appreciate how deep that instinct for secrecy runs.

Feb 07 2016

Why it’s so hard to root out violent extremists before they strike

All the high-tech tools of government surveillance are of little use if a terrorist does litt1e to draw attention.

Sep 09 2013

Is the intelligence on Syria different this time?

The long shadow of the faulty, hyped intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq has posed a huge barrier to President Barack Obama's efforts to win public and congressional support for a limited missile strike against Syria.

Apr 23 2013

Column: What the Boston bombers manhunt revealed about the FBI

In the end it was a high-tech gadget that allowed the FBI to identify the first Boston bomber in the video, the man agents called "Black Hat."


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