COOPERSTOWN – Craig Timberg, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, will be speaking on “Russian Disinformation: Will it Happen Again?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Village Meeting Room, sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library. The lecture is free.
Timberg, who lately has been reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been with the Washington Post since 1998 as reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. Drawing from his experiences as Africa correspondent he co-authored the book “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome it.”
He is a son-in-law of Ed and Joan Badgley of Cooperstown.
Timberg also contributed to coverage of the National Security Agency which received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014. Over a period of six months the Post covered the NSA through documents leaked by Edward Snowden, exposing the NSA’s violations of privacy rules and exploring the conflicts that arise between our nation’s security interests and our individual privacy rights.
More recently, Timberg has become an expert on the Russian intervention in the 2016 election. He has investigated and covered this topic extensively in the Washington Post. His discussion on August 13 will be about the threat of Russian intervention in future elections, including the upcoming midterms in November. Some of the questions he will address are: What efforts have been made by the NSA and by social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to prevent foreign meddling in our elections? What progress has been made by the Russians attempting to get around these safeguards? To what extent has the White House been supportive of efforts to prevent future Russian meddling?