W. Paul Smith
W. Paul Smith is the Investigative Researcher for The Intercept. Prior to joining The Intercept, he contributed research to in-depth investigations on criminal justice, immigration, national security, and surveillance issues at Human Rights Watch. His writing has appeared in HuffPost and Politico, among other outlets. He received his M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He is based in New York.
DOJ Is Considering Charging Capitol Rioters With Seditious Conspiracy, Felony Murder
As officials promise to bring harsh charges, advocates warn that we can’t “prosecute or jail our way out of a burgeoning fascist movement.”
Questions Mount About Controversial Hunter Biden-China Dossier
Online profiles of the dossier’s publisher misrepresent key aspects of his background, The Intercept has learned.
Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People
William Perry Pendley pushed rhetoric, legal arguments, and policies that sought to deprive Indigenous people of their rights.
Protests for Black LivesPolice Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr
Artificial intelligence firm Dataminr is making questionable use of its Twitter firehose privileges — and not for the first time.