Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. He was raised in Japan and South Korea and has been covering the intersection of national security and capitalism since the late 1970s. During the Vietnam War he was active in the peace and antiwar movement and writes and comments frequently about US military policies in Asia and the Korean peninsula.
He published his first article for The Nation in 1983, when he wrote about the repercussions of a North Korean attack on a South Korean government delegation to Burma. Since then, he has published many investigative stories here, including ground-breaking exposes of the Carlyle Group, the Bush administration’s failed attempt to privatize Iraq, and the AFL-CIO’s intervention in Chile and other countries during the Cold War. He was the first journalist to interview the four National Security Agency whistleblowers who exposed corporate corruption at the NSA and its extensive program of domestic surveillance.
Shorrock has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and his stories have appeared in many publications, including Salon, Mother Jones, The Progressive, The Daily Beast and the New York Times. You can find much of his past work at his blog, Money Doesn’t Talk, It Swears. He has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982, and is a big fan of Bob Dylan and American blues and folk music.
A personal story from a longtime Nation writer.