Journalist in Residence
Year Started at POGO: 2009
Adam Zagorin focuses on investigations primarily involving national security and violations of securities laws. Zagorin has written reports for POGO on security risks surrounding the protection of U.S. diplomatic and other facilities abroad, links between a major U.S. military contractor and Iran, and enforcement issues at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining POGO, he was a Senior Correspondent at TIME magazine in Washington, DC. He received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.A. from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a degree in Arabic from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo. Zagorin has appeared as a commentator on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN, PBS News Hour, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm, and other television and radio venues.
Interviews with security personnel and documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight show gaps in the defenses at the U.S. embassy in war-torn Afghanistan long after a deadly attack in Benghazi brutally reminded Washington of the risks.
Charts from the guard force at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Defense Department Inspector General’s office has been sitting on a report that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed “TOP SECRET” information and other sensitive details two years ago at an event attended by a “Hollywood executive” working on the movie Zero Dark Thirty.
Private guards responsible for protecting what may be the most at-risk U.S. diplomatic mission in the world -- the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan -- say security weaknesses have left it dangerously vulnerable to attack.
If there's one thing most Americans support in foreign policy, it’s sanctions against Iran to halt its alleged drive for nuclear weapons. From President Obama to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich, leading candidates all want to put the economic squeeze on Tehran and to signal their support for Israel. President Obama recently announced he will ratchet up sanctions on the country’s oil exports and declared a “national emergency” to deal with the Islamic Republic. The Senate will try to iron out its differences over anti-Iran measures in coming weeks, as bus stations around Washington, DC, are studded with advertisements questioning the President’s resolve on the issue.
Nearly a dozen senior staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the giant agency that administers hundreds of billions in federal health care dollars, had been called to a meeting. After a discussion with five Wall Street professionals that lasted nearly two hours, one senior CMS analyst filed an ethics complaint that later went to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Department of Defense Inspector General’s final report on what kind of access the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers had to classified information omits any reference to then-CIA Director Leon Panetta’s disclosure of “TOP SECRET” and other sensitive information at an event attended by the film’s screenwriter.
Rep. Peter King wants the Pentagon to release the results of an investigation he requested almost two years ago into possible leaks of classified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Guards responsible for protecting the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have often worked 14 to 18 hours per day for six or seven days per week and have been directed to file false time records to avoid revealing that they have exceeded the standard 72-hour workweek, a lawsuit alleges.
The testing could put intelligence workers at risk of being falsely stigmatized, jeopardizing their careers and their ability to contribute to the national security. It also could have a chilling effect on employees considering blowing the whistle on government wrongdoing.