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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at [email protected].

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a U.N. report as he speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Feb. 5, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. spies fear WikiLeaks carried out biggest intelligence breach since Snowden

U.S. intelligence officials scrambled Tuesday to assess the damage wrought by WikiLeaks' publication documents purporting to expose a vast and clandestine CIA cyberoperation capable of hacking into and turning smartphones, laptops and internet-connected televisions into listening devices and spy cameras. Published March 7, 2017

Japanese television showed news of North Korea's firing of four banned ballistic missiles, three of which that landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Associated Press)

With Trump at disadvantage, North Korea triggers new crisis with missile tests

Just when Donald Trump didn't need it, North Korea presented him with a new crisis Monday by testing four ballistic missiles -- one of which crashed into waters less than 200 miles from Japanese shores -- prompting harsh warnings from around the globe and a cautious response from the White House. Published March 6, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on issues related to visas and travel, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

State Dept. postpones press briefings again, while Rex Tillerson takes no questions

The State Department postponed a highly anticipated news briefing Monday, telling reporters it would not be held because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other administration officials were appearing before media at the roll out of President Trump's revised executive order temporarily banning visitors from six Mideast and African countries. Published March 6, 2017

A visitor walks by the TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017.  North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal.  The letters on the top read " North Korea, Fire missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Tokyo says North Korea missile tests show 'new level of threat'

North Korea's test launch of four ballistic missiles Monday -- three of which crashed into the Sea of Japan -- prompted a swift and harsh reaction from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said the development showed that Pyongyang now represents a "a new level of threat" to Tokyo and the world. Published March 6, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint statement to the press with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City on Feb. 23, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Tillerson faces heat as State Dept. issues annual human rights report

A major review published by the State Department on Friday cited serious "human rights problems" in North Korea, Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Turkey and a host of other nations -- including many with close economic and military ties to Washington. Published March 3, 2017

The Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan was attacked by a suicide bomber last year. Ethnic Uighur militants from western China have started joining global Islamic extremists. (Associated Press)

ISIS propaganda video hints at terrorism in China

An Islamic State propaganda video circulated this week shows ethnic Uighur fighters training in Iraq and vowing to carry out horrific attacks in their Chinese homeland — the latest sign that the terrorist group hopes to expand operations into East Asia as it loses territory in the Middle East and North Africa. Published March 2, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stands with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano, at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Tillerson holds Iran deal talks with IAEA chief

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held private talks with head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency Thursday in the first direct meeting between the outfit monitoring the Iranian nuclear accord and a senior official from the Trump administration, which has been sharply critical of the 2015 deal. Published March 2, 2017

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (left), an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), said a Berlin military boost could raise fears of German "military supremacy" in Europe at the same time President Trump says NATO members must pay their share. (Associated Press)

Despite Trump claims, NATO defense dollars not exactly 'pouring in' yet

President Trump may have pleased European allies with a full-throated defense of NATO in his speech to Congress on Tuesday night, but he also raised eyebrows by claiming his own criticism of the alliance has paid off because money is now "pouring in" from member nations to increase their own military budgets. Published March 1, 2017

Then-Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a conference on climate change and innovation in clean energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Kerry joins Carnegie think tank

Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry has joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as its "inaugural visiting distinguished statesman, the global think tank said Wednesday. Published March 1, 2017

Sen. Dan Coats (Associated Press)

Dan Coats promises tough line on Russia as intelligence chief

President Trump's nominee to oversee the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday an aggressive Russia is one of the top threats facing the country, promising lawmakers he would provide any information Congress seeks in its probe of Moscow's suspected interference in last year's presidential election. Published February 28, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be testing the Trump administration in a similar way Pyongyang did during President Obama's first months in office in 2009. (Associated Press)

Trump pestered to deliver on promise to deal with North Korea

China's recent move to cut coal imports from North Korea triggered a biting reaction from Pyongyang, but it may fall far short of the tough measures Washington has called for from Beijing, as pressure mounts on President Trump to deliver on his promise to deal "very strongly" with North Korea. Published February 27, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  arrives at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

State Dept. pushes back against criticism of media access

The State Department is pushing back against criticism from former senior officials and journalists over the lack of press conferences and other media access at the department since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sworn in three weeks ago. Published February 23, 2017

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad celebrated a government military victory in Aleppo last month. A common enemy, the Islamic State terrorist group, has created a delicate coalition of U.S., Turkish, Russian and Iranian-backed forces, as well as moderate Sunni Muslim Arab rebels and Kurdish paramilitaries. (Associated Press)

Syria 'safe zones' for refugees pose dangers for U.S. alliances

President Trump's vision of "safe zones" for refugees fleeing the brutal violence of Syria's civil war is running into opposition from a key ally, Turkey, which is warning that the U.S.-protected areas will become havens for Kurdish militant movements that have long battled Ankara. The dispute widens deep-seated resentments between two key allies that the U.S. is relying on in the final battle to defeat the Islamic State in Syria. Published February 22, 2017

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has little backup for a delicate diplomatic Mexico mission on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Tillerson alone at the top as key State Department jobs remain unfilled

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson heads to Mexico City for a delicate diplomatic mission Wednesday, but he is going at a moment of tremendous uncertainty back at the office, where more than dozen key assistant secretary positions are still without even a proposed nominee from the White House. Published February 21, 2017

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened up a vicious fight over the integrity of the intelligence community. (Associated Press)

Trump's clash with U.S. spy agencies spooks intelligence allies abroad

The Trump White House and the U.S. intelligence community moved closer to open warfare in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's spectacular downfall -- and the fallout is unnerving key American intelligence partners around the world, according to several high-level national security sources. Published February 15, 2017

Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said the Trump administration's action represented "miserable and defamatory aggression." (Associated Press)

Venezuelan vice president rejects U.S. sanctions, denies 'drug kingpin' designation

Venezuela's vice president defiantly rejected U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international "drug kingpin" Tuesday, as the White House revealed details about its first major action against the leftist South American government that President Trump vowed to get tough on during his election campaign. Published February 14, 2017

An image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears in a TV news report about the country's missile launch Sunday, an early test of the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

Trump cautious in response to North Korean missile launch

The Trump administration responded cautiously Sunday to North Korea's test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the sea off the isolated nation's east coast in Pyongyang's first major provocation since President Trump took office last month. Published February 12, 2017