Ellen Nakashima

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter

Education: City University, London, MA in international journalism; University of California at Berkeley, BA in humanities

Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She covers cybersecurity counterterrorism and intelligence issues. She has probed Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and contacts between aides to President Trump and Russian officials, work which led her and her colleagues to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2018. She was part of another team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014 for reporting on the hidden scope of government surveillance and its policy implications. Nakashima has also served as a Southeast Asia correspond
Latest from Ellen Nakashima

Russia holding 400 passenger jets hostage in global sanctions fight

A court battle in Sri Lanka illustrates the lengths Russia will go to to hold onto commercial aircraft owned by Western leasing companies.

July 12, 2022

American firm drops bid for Israeli spyware following U.S. concerns

L3Harris reached out to the U.S. government and said it would not be moving forward with any attempt to acquire NSO's hacking tools.

July 10, 2022

White House has security concerns about any deal for NSO hacking tools

A major American defense firm, L3Harris, is in talks with the blacklisted Israeli spyware company, NSO Group, to buy its phone-hacking capability in a deal that would give the U.S. company control of one of the the world’s most sophisticated and controversial hacking tools, according to people familiar with the talks.

June 14, 2022

U.S. cuts export rights of firms that sent 3D blueprints to China

The issuance Tuesday of what’s known as a “temporary denial order” means Quicksilver Manufacturing, Rapid Cut, and U.S. Prototype, all located in Wilmington, N.C., cannot export anything for 180 days, Commerce officials said.

June 8, 2022

China secretly building naval facility in Cambodia, Western officials say

The establishment of a Chinese naval base in Cambodia — only its second such overseas outpost and its first in the strategically significant Indo-Pacific region — is part of Beijing’s strategy to build a network of military facilities around the world in support of its aspirations to become a true global power, the officials said.

June 6, 2022

Beijing chafes at Moscow’s requests for support, Chinese officials say

Moscow has on at least two occasions pressed Beijing to offer new forms of economic support — exchanges that one Chinese official described as “tense." Officials declined to share specifics of Russia’s requests, but one official said it included maintaining "trade commitments” predating the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, and financial and technological support now sanctioned by the United States and other countries.

June 2, 2022

Biden vows to ‘continue to push’ for gun laws after visiting Uvalde

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said she will hold hearings on the massacre and push for gun legislation to move through Congress.

May 30, 2022

No evidence of exploitation of Dominion voting machine flaws, CISA finds

CISA, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, has notified election officials in more than a dozen states that use the machines of several vulnerabilities and mitigation measures that would aid in detection or prevention of an attempt to exploit those vulnerabilities.

May 28, 2022

Russia, China conduct first joint military drill since Ukraine invasion

Russia and China flew strategic bombers over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea while President Biden was in Tokyo on Tuesday.

May 24, 2022

Russia tries to rebound in Ukraine as prospects for victory fade

After the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers and an avalanche of failures since the invasion of Ukraine began, President Vladimir Putin has narrowed his objectives in a campaign increasingly viewed as unsustainable, unrealistic — and likely unwinnable.

May 21, 2022