A staff memo by Jerry Schwartz, deputy director of top stories and enterprise, describes how Beirut reporter Sarah El Deeb came to interview a father who lost his two children, his wife and other relatives in a chemical attack in Syria, and persisted in finding ways to bring the family’s story to the world in all formats:
Several AP people took part in last week’s Arab Media Summit in Dubai, a large annual gathering of journalists and news executives from across the Arab world. This year there was substantial interest in user-generated content — how we verify the accuracy of photos and video we find on social networks.
The Associated Press today is publishing an article about serious blunders at the Central Intelligence Agency and an effort to cover them up. At the heart of the story is a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, who was recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the CIA. Without any authority to do so, the analysts sent Levinson into Iran, where he disappeared in 2007.