Shane Harris

Washington, D.C.

Intelligence and national security reporter

Education: Wake Forest University, B.A. in Politics

Shane Harris has written about intelligence, security and foreign policy for more than two decades. He is a staff writer with The Washington Post, covering U.S. intelligence agencies and national security. He was part of the team that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for stories about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and efforts to overturn the presidential election. In 2019, he was part of the team that was a finalist for the Public Service award for coverage of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Shane has previously been a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, the D
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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

CIA director, on secret trip to Ukraine, hears plan for war’s endgame

During meetings in Kyiv, CIA Director William Burns was told of Ukraine’s ambitious goal to retake territory and push Moscow into talks by the end of the year.

June 30, 2023

What comes after the Wagner rebellion in Russia

Today, we explain why an armed revolt in Russia, led by the Wagner mercenary group, represents one of the biggest challenges to Vladimir Putin’s 23 years of rule.

June 26, 2023

Officials question whether truce will hold in Kremlin-Wagner standoff

U.S. officials and other Western diplomats are continuing to study the aftermath of the short-lived rebellion for signs that the Russian president is left weakened.

June 25, 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

New U.S. intelligence report sheds little light on covid origins

The new U.S. disclosure is unlikely to settle a heated debate about the pandemic’s origins, which has exacerbated tensions between Washington and Beijing.

June 23, 2023

Leak suspect indicted on new counts of mishandling classified material

THE DISCORD LEAKS | A new indictment expands the charges Jack Teixeira faces and offers additional detail about the government secrets he allegedly shared.

June 15, 2023

Trump’s disdain for intelligence rules foretold his indictment

Former officials and experts see the criminal indictment against the former president as the logical extension of his repeated, intentional mishandling of classified information while in office.

June 10, 2023

U.S. had intelligence of detailed Ukrainian plan to attack Nord Stream pipeline

THE DISCORD LEAKS | The CIA learned last June, via a European spy agency, that a six-person team of Ukrainian special operations forces intended to sabotage the Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline.

June 6, 2023

NASA team studying UFO mysteries says experts need better data

But panel members were emphatic that they had seen no evidence to attribute unidentified anomalous phenomena to extraterrestrial intelligence.

May 31, 2023