Jacob Appelbaum is an award-winning American journalist and scientist. His reporting, which involves many of the major WikiLeaks publications, has been carried by leading American and European news media. He has also worked internationally as a technologist assisting human rights organizations.
Mr. Appelbaum serves as an advisor to The Centre for Investigative Journalism and to numerous other organizations. He is a co-author, with Julian Assange, of “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet,” amongst other publications. Mr. Appelbaum’s journalistic practice with WikiLeaks led to a years-long collaboration with filmmaker and fellow journalist Laura Poitras. Most recently, these efforts focused on researching and writing stories based on Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing, work that addressed urgent issues of national security, mass surveillance, and privacy.
Mr. Appelbaum’s journalism has drawn the hostility of governments including his own American government. In the face of repeated harassment of himself, his family, and his friends by US officials, Mr. Appelbaum has lived as a US citizen-in-exile in Europe since 2013. He is currently pursuing doctoral research in mathematics and cryptography at the Technical University of Eindhoven.