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.
Oil and Gas Heir Funding Super PAC Attacking Nina Turner
Samson Energy’s chair has donated $1.25 million to the Democratic Majority for Israel super PAC, which endorsed Turner’s opponent Shontel Brown.
Before He Was UVA Police Chief, Timothy Longo Helmed DNA Dragnet That Targeted Black Men
A closer examination of a two-decade-old operation in Charlottesville, Virginia, shows that it was larger in scope than previously reported.
Policing the PipelineIndigenous Water Protectors Face Off With an Oil Company and Police Over a Minnesota Pipeline
Pipeline opponents say an oil company and police use surveillance and divide-and-conquer strategies — hallmarks of corporate counterinsurgency.
How Trump Ally Michael Flynn Nurtured — and Profited From — the QAnon Conspiracy Theory
Flynn hitched his financial fortunes to QAnon as early as the summer of 2019, when he was facing a mountain of legal costs.