44-year-old Scahill was a “war correspondent, and author of the international best-selling books, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” and “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now!.”
Scahill was a producer and writer of the award-winning film “Dirty Wars,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
According to the Washington Post, the “description” of the reporter and the information contained in the indictment of Daniel Everette Hale “matches Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of the Intercept.”
Quick Facts and Information on Jeremy Scahill
|Birth Day||18th October 1974|
|Marital Status||Under Review|
|Net Worth||Under Review|
|College||University of Wisconsin Dropout|
|Siblings||Sister – Stephanie|
The two men met in 2013.
According to allegations in the indictment, in August 2014, Hale’s cell phone contact list included contact information for the reporter, and he possessed two thumb drives. One thumb drive contained a page marked “SECRET” from a classified document that Hale had printed in February 2014 and had attempted to delete from the thumb drive. The other thumb drive contained Tor software and the Tails operating system, which were recommended by the reporter’s online news outlet in an article published on its website regarding how to anonymously “leak” documents.
Two others have been charged with leaking classified documents to the Intercept including Reality Winner.
In October of 2015, The Intercept published “The Drone Papers,” a series by Scahill and others based on classified documents related to drone warfare. Scahill published “The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program” in April 2016.
“The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars,” the subhead of the story reads.
A sweeping piece, written by Scahill and several other Intercept journalists, the main story is by Scahill, The Assassination Complex, which is based on the documents provided by Hale, allegedly. “The whistleblower who leaked the drone papers believes the public is entitled to know how people are placed on kill list and assassinated on orders from the president,” Scahill wrote.
The story would become Scahill’s book “The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program.”