Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong is an investigative journalist and the executive director of the Information Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding freedom of expression in the U.S. and abroad, improving journalism, and reforming abuses of government secrecy. After graduating from Yale (philosophy) and a year at Harvard Law School, Armstrong became a senior investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee, where he conducted an interview in 1973 that exposed the Nixon taping system. From 1976-1985, he was a staff-writer for the Washington Post, and a researcher/writer on "The Final Days" (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein). He has written or edited six books on subjects ranging from foreign policy to intelligence to national security, including "The Brethren" with Woodward. His work has also appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, as well as ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NPR. Armstrong is also the founder of the National Security Archive, a nonprofit that provides journalists and others with government documentation. In 2000, he worked closely with media groups to secure a presidential veto of the first "Official Secrets Act" ever passed by Congress. More recently, he represented a coalition of media organizations in negotiations with Congressional committees over the language of the 2005 Intelligence Reorganization Act.


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