A Bittersweet Farewell to a TWI Icon, Spencer Ackerman

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm

It is with a mix of emotions that I announce the departure of The Washington Independent’s national security reporter — and in many ways the cornerstone of the site — Spencer Ackerman. Spencer joined TWI when it was still just an idea, and he’s as responsible as anyone for turning that idea into a very successful reality. He set the standard for national security reporting in his time here, and he was a visionary in harnessing the power of blogging to break news and drive policy debates — something many of us now take for granted.

Spencer’s reporting has taken him from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the courtrooms of Guantanamo Bay to the unlikely intersection of the Senate and “South Park.” Every step of the way, he’s risen above the noise of the echo chamber to find the stories that truly matter, and he’s done so with as strong an ethical conviction as anyone I’ve ever met.

But when opportunity knocks, Spencer answers — and now a great opportunity has come along. Spencer will be moving over to Wired magazine, where I urge everyone to continue reading his work at the mighty Danger Room blog.

It’s been one of the great privileges of my career to edit Spencer’s work and watch his stories come together. I’ve learned from him every day here, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.

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mcgeorgebundy
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

Spencer does fantastic work, but damn does he move around more than any other journalist I've ever seen.


Norman Rogers
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

Spencer Ackerman – serially unemployable to the bitter end.

This is his, what? Eighth? Ninth gig? Until his next big gig?

Employers love that in a guy. They must! Everyone has hired him at least once or twice, right?


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bystander_again
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

Eh? Does that mean I'll have to rethink cancelling my subscription to Wired after what Poulsen pulled on Manning with Lamo? I tend to want to support the platforms that promote and support good bloggers… but, this one might be a bridge too far.

Regardless… my best wishes send you on your way, Spenser Ackerman.


Jeff In Ohio
Comment posted June 24, 2010 @ 12:10 am

Congrats! Always enjoy Ackerman's TWI work and at Attackerman. Keep up the great writing at Wired.


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Comment posted June 24, 2010 @ 3:32 am

Go, Spencer! We'll be following you…


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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

Spencer is a political hack….a tool of the dem's. Look at what Big Journalism has uncovered on this idiot:

http://bigjournalism.com/fross/2010/07/20/journ…

Shows their actual emails in the liberal media to each other to protect the Messiah during the 2008 campaign.


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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Ackerman is an ass.


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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:55 am

He's a hack.


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