Scott Armstrong

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Scott Armstrong has been a Washington Post reporter, a member of the board of several non-profits and the founder of the National Security Archive. He is currently the executive director of the Information Trust which was originally housed in and supported by the Coalition for Networked Information. [1]


After commencing studies at Yale University in philosophy, Armstrong ended up going to law school. He was later an investigator on the Senate Watergate Committee. "While serving as a senior investigator for the Senate Watergate committee, Mr. Armstrong conducted an interview with White House staff member Alexander Butterfield that led to the discovery of the Richard M. Nixon White House taping system."[2]

Armstrong later founded the National Security Archive, a non-profit group that obtains and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). "He has been inducted into the FOIA Hall of Fame and awarded the James Madison Awarded by the American Library Association." Scott Armstrong was the recipient of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) 2002 "Beyond the Headlines Award". [3]

The award citation stated that "In 2001, Mr. Armstrong played an instrumental role in stopping the "Official Secrets Act," a provision that would have criminalized information disclosures by federal employees or whistleblowers for the first time in U.S. history. Thanks in large part to Mr. Armstrong's efforts, President Bill Clinton vetoed the "Official Secrets Act" last year." [4]

"The National Security Archive, founded in 1985 by Scott Armstrong, is a nonprofit project of the Fund for Peace. Armstrong left in 1989 under pressure from Fund for Peace executive director Nina Solarz, who was apparently under pressure from the Ford Foundation, their major financial backer." [5]


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