Barton Gellman was one of three people who received the explosive archives of highly classified National Security Agency files revealing the extent of the agency’s global surveillance apparatus from Edward Snowden. This Washington Post veteran investigative reporter’s book “Dark Mirror” is not only the story of government overreach into private lives, but also a fascinating look into the life of Snowden and the byzantine world of investigative journalism. In spying and investigative journalism, no one can be fully trusted – including Snowden.
Barton Gellman, a staff writer at The Atlantic, spent 21 years at the Washington Post, where he held positions as legal, diplomatic, military and Middle East correspondent. He wrote the best-selling “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.” Gellman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: the 2014 Prize for Public Service for coverage of the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, the 2008 Prize for National Reporting for a series on Vice President Dick Cheney, and the 2002 Prize for National Reporting for his Post team’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Other professional honors include two George Polk Awards, two Overseas Press Club awards, two Emmy awards for a PBS Frontline documentary and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and earned a master’s degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.