Rosenberg at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Matthew Rosenberg (born August 2, 1974) is a Pulitzer-Prize winning American journalist who covers national security issues for The New York Times. He previously spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and was expelled from Afghanistan in August 2014 on the orders of President Hamid Karzai, the first expulsion of a Western journalist from Afghanistan since the Taliban ruled the country.
Rosenberg was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump's advisers and their connections to Russia. He has also twice won the George Polk Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2016.[not in citation given]
Expulsion and espionage accusations
On November 5, 2009, The Nation newspaper in Pakistan printed a front-page story that accused Rosenberg of being a spy. The story claimed that Rosenberg worked for the CIA, the U.S. security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, and had ties to Israeli intelligence. The Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson wrote to the editor of The Nation, Shireen Mazari, to protest the story soon after the article was published. The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and killed in 2002 in Pakistan, had been labelled a Jewish spy in a similar manner by some members of the Pakistani media before his death. Twenty-one editors from the world's major international news organizations also signed a letter of protest, calling the article's accusation "unsubstantiated", and criticizing it for compromising Rosenberg's security.
It would not be the last time Rosenberg was accused of spying. In August 2014, Rosenberg was barred from leaving Afghanistan and interrogated by the country's attorney general after writing a story about how senior Afghan security officials were considering whether to stage what would, in essence, amount to a coup because of a mounting political crisis. The following day, the travel ban was abruptly reversed, and Rosenberg was ordered to leave Afghanistan within 24 hours. He departed Afghanistan on August 21, in compliance with the government order. Defending the decision to order out Rosenberg, a government statement called his story "an act of espionage", and Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for President Karzai, said the expulsion had been ordered at "the highest levels."
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