A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him: “a nut with internet access”? Jason Leopold wanted to be a part of something, and that quest brought him through a labyrinthine world of decadent glam metal, dangerous mafioso, love, investigative journalism challenging the heights of government and corporate power, and the collisions of past and present.
Jason Leopold is lead investigative reporter at Truthout, the author of the national bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir, and co-founder of The Public Record. At Truthout.org, a nonprofit newsroom, Leopold covers counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government and civil liberties issues and uses the Freedom of Information Act as his weapon.
His recent investigative reports include a 14-month investigation involving the brother of high-value detainee, Abu Zubaydah, a US resident who the FBI recruited as an informant to spy on Muslims; safety issues at BP and Alyeska Pipeline, which have been cited by CNN, 60 Minutes, the Los Angeles Times and also led to a hearing held by the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
In 2011, Leopold broke a story that went viral and was cited by CNN and dozens of domestic and international publications on how, for more than two decades, the Air Force used certain sections from the Bible to train nuclear missile launch officers on the ethics and morals of launching nuclear weapons. A day after my story was published, the Air Force removed the materials from its ethics training course.
Lots of extra help from Alexander Jerri. Isn’t he pretty?
Additional help from Lauren Whaley, Will Coley, Thandi Chimurenga, Kaitlin Prest, Audrey Quinn, and Chris–on loan from Benjamen Walker’s Too Much Information from WFMU.