Ellen Nakashima

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter

Education: City University, London, MA in international journalism; University of California at Berkeley, BA in humanities

Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She covers intelligence and national security issues. She has written about the security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship, the west's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and classified intelligence leaks. She has been a member of three Pulitzer-prize winning teams at The Post, including in 2022 for an investigation of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, in 2018 for digging into Moscow’s efforts to influence the 2016 election, and in 2018 for exploring the hidden scope National Security Agency surveillance.
Latest from Ellen Nakashima

Chinese hackers breach email of Commerce Secretary Raimondo and State Department officials

Cyberspies from China exploited a fundamental gap in the Microsoft cloud, enabling them to conduct a targeted hack of unclassified U.S. email accounts.

July 12, 2023

U.S. spies learned in mid-June Prigozhin was planning armed action in Russia

The intelligence fed concerns about whether Vladimir Putin would remain in power and what any instability could mean for control of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

June 24, 2023

For Indian Americans, Modi visit sparks pride — and frustration

Biden’s embrace of Narendra Modi overshadowed warnings from human rights groups, and former president Barack Obama, that India may be a brittle U.S. partner.

June 23, 2023

Modi’s U.S. visit sends a big, if quiet, signal to China

Though the White House downplays it, Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington is about enhancing a partnership that includes stopping Beijing’s aggressive expansion.

June 21, 2023

Modi’s White House visit tests Biden’s democracy-vs.-autocracy pitch

Human rights groups are increasingly concerned about Hindu nationalism and democratic erosion in India

June 21, 2023

Cuba is hosting a Chinese spy station, White House says

Officials said the facility is one of dozens that Beijing has established, or sought to establish, as it seeks to expand its intelligence gathering globally.

June 10, 2023

Defend ‘every inch’ of NATO territory? New strategy is a work in progress.

NATO hasn’t committed to the level of permanent on-the-ground troops that some nations wanted. And military mobility remains a problem.

June 5, 2023

Philippine president’s White House visit reflects sharp upturn in ties

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. meets with Biden on Monday as the United States and the Philippines react to Chinese aggression.

May 1, 2023

Surveillance numbers drop, but critics aren’t satisfied

The numbers come amid an intensifying fight on Capitol Hill over reauthorizing the spying powers.

May 1, 2023

Buildup resumed at suspected Chinese military site in UAE, leak says

THE DISCORD LEAKS | The activity has disturbed some U.S. officials, who worry a longstanding U.S. ally is growing too close to Beijing.

April 26, 2023