Articles by Peter Maass

Art in a Time of Surveillance

The Intercept  |  Nov. 13, 2014

A Story About Ben Bradlee

The Intercept  |  October 22, 2014

Core Secrets

The Intercept  |  October 10, 2014
NSA’s Saboteurs in China and South Korea

Killing Americans on the White House Lawn Is Wrong

The Intercept  |  October 3, 2014

Hellish Images for Hellish Wars

The Intercept  |  September 10, 2014
Beheading Videos and the Censorship of War Imagery

A Jungle Eco-Battle

Outside  |  August 25, 2014
There are two sides to the story of the biggest environmental lawsuit ever, but a new book tells only one of them.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators

The Intercept  |  March 20, 2014

The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously.

The Intercept  |  March 7, 2014

The Secret Breakers

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 18, 2013
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets

‘We Steal Secrets’ Misses the Leak for the Leakers

The Nation  |  June 18, 2013
Just as the Assange saga consumes too much of Alex Gibney’s film, so today’s Snowden obsession deflects attention away from our sprawling surveillance state.

Did the Iraq War Bring the Arab Spring?

The New Yorker Online  |  April 9, 2013

A Diarist At War

The New York Times  |  March 14, 2013


Crude World  |  03/01/2013
The Venezuela of Hugo Chavez

A Private Battle for Baghdad

Sunday Times Magazine (London)  |  March 3, 2013
Lieutenant Tim McLaughlin was at the Pentagon on 9/11 and in Baghdad the day it fell. Ten years on, he shares his graphic war diaries for the first time.

Don’t Trust “Zero Dark Thirty”

The Atlantic Online  |  12-13-2012
The acclaimed thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden represents a troubling new frontier of government-embedded filmmaking.

Was Petraeus Borked?

The New Yorker Online  |  11/14/2012
When a D.C. video store revealed the Supreme Court nominee’s list of video rentals, it sparked a privacy backlash and a new law. Similarly, the Petraeus affair has put the government’s vast surveillance powers – even of elites – in a critical context.

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

ProPublica  |  08/31/2012
As the Senate considers a bill to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity, some questionable numbers keep creeping into the discussion.

That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker

The New York Times  |  July 15, 2012

How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy

ProPublica  |  June 28, 2012

An Enduring Condition

The Nation  |  May 9, 2012

What Happened at the Macondo Well?

The New York Review of Books  |  September 29, 2011

Exxon’s Russian Roulette

The New York Review of Books  |  September 9, 2011

Celebrating the Celebrations

The New Yorker Online  |  May 4, 2011

Toppling Dictators in the Youtube Age

The New Yorker Online  |  April 12, 2011

The Toppling

The New Yorker  |  January 3, 2011
How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war

Five Best Books on Oil

The Wall Street Journal  |  August 21, 2010

Sanctifying by Attacking

New York Magazine  |  August 14, 2010
How a mosque proposed for a grubby downtown street became more of a symbol than its opponents ever intended.

The Ministry of Oil Defense

Foreign Policy  |  August 5, 2010
It’s not polite to say so, but if Americans understood just how many trillions their military was really spending on protecting oil, they wouldn’t stand for it.

To BP Or Not To BP?

The Big Money  |  June 7, 2010
Here’s why a spill-inspired boycott doesn’t make sense.

Inside the Soul of an Oilman

The Big Money  |  September 22, 2009
Are petro-execs intrinsically more corrupt than other businessmen?

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