Jason Leopold on Muck Rack

Jason Leopold

Beverly Hills, California
Senior Investigative Reporter — BuzzFeed
Covers:  fbi, foia, counterterrorism, cia, national security, civil liberties, intelligence, human rights, corporate malfeasance, guantanamo, open government, interrogation policies, torture, defense, defense contracts, war, energy, iraq, surveillance, afghanistan, privacy

Sr investigative reporter @BuzzFeedNews investigations team. 'FOIA terrorist.' Band Tshirt hoarder. Punk. Send docs, tips, anonymously, securely bzfd.it/2i8q3mn

Read Full Bio →


I'm an Emmy nominated investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News where I cover national security and other issues. My aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act includes suing the FBI and Department of Defense and forcing those agencies to changes its FOIA policies; filing the FOIA that force...

Search Tweets

Twitter Feed

@JasonLeopold — 51,467 followers, 89,506 tweets

Nov 22, 2017

RT @narrabyee: This Yemeni boy is not posing to camera ! He's sleeping in Tahreer Square in the middle of capital Sanaa, without…

Nov 21, 2017

Wow! Tillerson's directive to reduce State's #FOIA backlog produces results. Hard to imagine why it took State 4 YEARS TO RELEASE THIS DOCUMENT ME! cc @Snowden https://t.co/JznOaS6ogA

Show More

What was your first job as a journalist?

Writing obituaries for The Reporter Dispatch in White Plains, NY.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. I miss it.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Clark Kent

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award

2015 - Freedom of Information
“CIA Torture, a Senate Investigation, and the Google Search That Launched a Spying Scandal,” VICE News Jason Leopold and Ky Henderson Judges’ comments: The CIA and other national security agencies have long resisted openness and transparency about their operations. But through a series of FOIA requests and federal lawsuits, VICE News pushed the CIA and the Department of Justice to declassify hundreds of pages of documents and turn them over. The resulting series of investigative reports revealed new details about the CIA’s use of torture, as well as spying the agency conducted on U.S. Senate investigators. Another story uncovered new details about the CIA’s interactions with the makers of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The VICE News team was not afraid to sue when it felt it was being stonewalled, keeping agencies accountable at a time of unprecedented FOIA obstruction by the Obama administration.

Los Angeles Press Club Award

2015 - Entertainment Feature
Jason Leopold and Ky Henderson, VICE News, “Tequila, Painted Pearls, and Prada — How the CIA Helped Produce 'Zero Dark Thirty'” Judge’s comment: “Leopold and Henderson’s extensive report on the CIA’s links to the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers raises questions about the authenticity of the film about the killing of Osama Bin Laden. A cautionary tale about government-film industry cooperation in movie productions.”