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Shane Harris is an American journalist and author. He is a senior national security writer at the Washington Post.[1] He specializes in coverage of America's intelligence agencies.[2] He is author of the books The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State and @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, about the impact of cyberspace as the American military's "fifth-domain" of war.

Shane Harris
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Notable work
The Watchers

Harris is currently an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America Foundation.[3] He is also a co-host of the Rational Security podcast.



Shane Harris joined the Washington Post on December 22, 2017. Harris joined the Wall Street Journal in May 2017, Harris was the Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for the Daily Beast in 2014 and subsequent contributor,[4] a senior writer for Foreign Policy magazine, a senior contributor for The Washingtonian, and a staff correspondent at National Journal from 2005-2010.[5][6]

Political viewsEdit

Harris is known to be a strong opponent of the worldwide mass surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). In an interview with TIME magazine, Harris said that "We've crossed into this era where surveillance and surveillance capabilities in the government are just a reality", and expressed doubt that the United States Congress will limit the practice of mass surveillance in the United States.[7]


In 2010, Harris received the 24th annual Gerald R. Ford Prize for "Distinguished Reporting on National Defense".[8]


Harris is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which won the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2011.[9] The Economist described the book as a "vivid, well-reported and intellectually sophisticated account of the surveillance state", and named it as one of several "Books of the Year" (2010).[10] He is also the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, which Lawfare described as, superb, noting that, "Few books on a subject as technical as network security can be fairly described as riveting, but Harris has managed to pull off a rare feat: a story that is simultaneously rigorous, comprehensive, and a joy to read".[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ WashPostPR (2017-12-21). "Shane Harris joins national desk as intelligence reporter". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  2. ^ "People should know what intelligence agencies are doing with information". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Shane Harris - ASU Future of War Fellow". New America Foundation. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Author Page Shane Harris". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ "Shane Harris - Senior Staff Writer". Foreign Policy (magazine). Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  7. ^ Q&A: Shane Harris, on His New Book, 'The Watchers' (18 March 2010). "Alexandra Silver". Time. Retrieved 25 December 2013.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Shane Harris, Reporting on National Defense". Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  9. ^ Angela Montefinise (10 June 2011). "A Journalist to Watch: Shane Harris Talks Scandal, Surveillance and the State of Reporting". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Books of the Year: Page turners". The Economist. Dec 2, 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  11. ^ Alan Rozenshtein (May 15, 2015). "Book Reviews". Lawfare. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

External linkEdit

  Media related to Shane Harris at Wikimedia Commons