It's been 5 painful years. On July 25, 2016, my brother Eric died. He was brutally murdered on the pathway leading to the front door of his house. Every single day since then, I have struggled with my own grief.
I couldn't go to sleep at night without music or the television on or some sound playing in the background to distract me from the images of my brother being repeatedly stabbed whenever I closed my eyes.
So to alleviate my feelings of despair, I threw myself into my work. Reporting helped me forget how powerless I felt during the probe into my brother's murder and took my mind off of the trauma I had experienced.
Last week, Natalie May Edwards, my source, whose disclosures formed the basis of @BuzzFeedNews & @ICIJorg 16-month global investigation, #FinCENFiles, was sentenced to 6 months in prison
Today, #FinCENFiles was named a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in inernational reporting
Thank you to the Pulitzer committee for honoring our work as a finalist and for recognizing the sacrifice made by our source, Natalie May Edwards. Congratulations to my @BuzzFeedNews & @ICIJorg colleagues and the 100s of journalists around the world who worked on #FinCENFiles.
This is the headline in The National Law Review just 1 day after whistleblower Natalie May Edwards was sentenced to prison for exposing corruption on a global scale w/#FinCENFiles, which led to investigations and major reform in the US & around the world natlawreview.com/article/whistl…
This article centers around Biden's anti corruption memo that he issued during Natalie May Edwards sentencing on Thursday.
One of the specific objectives of the Biden memo is to “combat all forms of illicit finance in the United States and international financial systems"
The National Law Review article goes on to say: Whistleblowers Can Play a Critical Role in Combating Money Laundering
That's exactly what Natalie May Edwards did. Speaking in court ahead of her sentence she said she “could not stand by aimlessly” when she saw corruption
NEW: @natalierbett & I are joining WaPo's #FOIA party on Anthony Fauci's #COVID19 emails but we're adding 2400 more pages and we're releasing all of the docs so everyone can read them. It covers Jan through June 2020.
Via my #FOIA: Here's former DOJ spox Sarah Flores providing a reporter a comment on deep background about whether Jeff Sessions met with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
WaPo said today their 2017 story on this mtg may have lead DOJ to seize reporters' phone records
AND here's Flores in an email describing the Kislyak/Sessions meeting as debunked! So if not true how could it be a leak?
Sarah Flores responded to at least two dozen reporters by saying the Sessions/Kislyak meeting during 2016 campaign never happened and I have every single email. So if this is one of the stories that served as the basis for seizing WaPo phone records does it mean it's true?
NEW: DOJ just turned over to @BuzzFeedNews and I and CNN nearly 300 pages of the supplemental material attached to the FBI 302s from the Mueller probe. @a_cormier_ and I are going through the records now but here's a sample
NEW/DOCUMENTS: Sorry for the delay! Here's our story on these amazing emails and text messages sent and received by Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and more that were scooped up as part of Mueller's investigation buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
Roger Stone email to Steve Bannon August 28, 2016 just released
“Trump can still win — but time is running out. Early voting begins in six weeks. I do know how to win this but it ain’t pretty. buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the operation to kill OBL
Here's the inside story, based on incredible CIA docs I obtained via #FOIA, revealing the CIA's role in helping to produce the controversial movie about the operation, Zero Dark Thirty. vice.com/en/article/xw3…
The CIA's internal watchdog identified as a potential violation of federal criminal law the bribery of public officials and witnesses by the filmmakers who showered the CIA officers with gifts.
The CIA's internal watchdog documents I obtained said the agency's working relationship with the filmmakers began in 2010, a year before bin Laden was killed.
In some ways, Grenell’s emails are an extension of his Twitter persona and showcase his spats with reporters
He refers to @ZcohenCNN as a "drama queen," demands to speak to @JonathanLanday's editor regarding an accurate story he wrote that he said was "outrageously slanted" 2/
One email sent to Grenell shows an official in his office lamented their inability to “shape the narrative” in a @julianbarnes@adamgoldmanNYT@npfandos story about Grenell’s plans for ODNI, to which he responded, “Washington is highly toxic these days.”
NEW deep dive by @bri_sacks & me. We obtained 81 pages of docs & pics via #FOIA from Federal Protective Service about the intel they had in the lead up to the Capitol riots and the day of the insurrection. Good stuff here. buzzfeednews.com/article/briann…
Over the next year, a small, relatively obscure bureau of the Treasury Dept - FinCEN- will take a lead role in plugging what many experts consider the biggest hole in the U.S.’s anti-money-laundering protections
Nearly all of the reforms that will now be undertaken as highlighted in this story is related to massive institutional and regulatory failures that we @BuzzFeedNews & @ICIJorg and more than 100 media orgs around the world exposed and spent 16 months investigating. Stunning impact
This WSJ story cites our #FinCENFiles investigation and findings, which Treasury told us would threaten natsec and referred to DOJ for investigation. The agency's claims were recently undercut by AML officials who said it would lead to positive change buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
BOOM: Capitol Police is not subject to #FOIA so @BuzzFeedNews & I are using another tool to lift the veil of secrecy & gain access to a wide range of docs about the inner workings of the police force: the common law right of access. NEW lawsuit just filed washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/…
Here's the complaint filed today by our attorney @_LightLaw
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Although most cases involving the common law right of access to govt docs involve records in the custody of the judicial branch, the DC Circuit has made clear that the right applies to all 3 branches of the federal govt and is not limited to records similar to court documents.
Veteran CIA intel analyst Morgan Muir was one of Biden's briefers delivering the PDB. When we contacted ODNI about his role in defending CIA torture program the agency said he would not be at WH on a daily basis briefing Biden
Yesterday, ODNI said he wouldnt be at WH at all
The revelations about Muir's role leading a CIA team to defend the agency's response to the Senate Intel Committee's torture report has not been revealed before.
The Freedom of Information Act is one of the most important tools in our reporting arsenal. Since 2017, my colleagues & I have forced the release of more than 40K docs & sued the govt 58 times. Last year, we spent $80K on #FOIA legal fees & we plan to spend $100K this year
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