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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is an investigative journalist and former Washington, D.C. prosecutor who served as a White House appointed senior official at the U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting from 2017-2021. Mr. Shapiro has investigated and written about domestic and international criminal cases, conflicts and legality with an emphasis on Cuban and Russian affairs. He is now the assistant commentary editor for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, file photo provided by NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, explodes moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket moments after liftoff last week. (AP Photo/NASA, Joel Kowsky, File)

Orbital Sciences to end use of Soviet engines after rocket crash

Orbital Sciences Corp., the Northern Virginia aerospace company whose Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff last week, will "likely" end its use Soviet-made engines in future missions for NASA, the company said Wednesday. Published November 5, 2014

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed in California Saturday, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in the Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (Associated Press)

Virgin Galactic crash probe focuses on descent system

Federal investigators probing Friday's fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic private space tourism craft say they now suspect the rocket plane's descent system deployed prematurely, sending the ship's tail into a rise and causing the craft to "disintegrate." Published November 3, 2014

The Cygnus cargo ship held 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment. One-third of the capsule's contents involved research, including experiments by schoolchildren. (Eastern Shore News via Associated Press)

Rocket contracted by NASA explodes after Virginia launch

An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket powered by a Soviet-era Russian rocket engine exploded Tuesday night along the northeastern Virginia coast, flaring into a massive fireball shortly after it launched from Wallops Flight Facility. Published October 28, 2014

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Ex-political prisoner: Putin’s regime destined to fall

The billionaire Russian oil tycoon who lost his assets and freedom after defying Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has co-opted the country's legal system and hijacked its armed forces to benefit a plutocratic regime that is destined for collapse. Published October 16, 2014

Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp (AP Photo)

Holocaust denial video praised in letters from lawmakers’ offices

A Holocaust denial video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO. Published October 13, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on Aug. 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

SHAPIRO: Walker support group seeks to uphold prosecution injunction

Lawyers for a special interest group on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to uphold an injunction that blocks a Wisconsin prosecutor from reviving an investigation that targeted conservative organizations accused of illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-2012 campaign. Published September 10, 2014

High-profile American political consultants linked to Democrats and later hired by politicians in Nigeria include Lanny Davis of Levick. (Associated Press)

U.S. public relations, consulting firms find political gold in Nigeria

For decades, Americans have sought oil riches in Nigeria. But now the rise of a new opposition party, a competitive election in 2015 and a serious terrorism threat in that African nation have created political gold for U.S. public relations and election-consulting firms. Published August 13, 2014

Alexander Litvinenko Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

SHAPIRO: Alexander Litvinenko, a tragic Russian patriot

Nearly eight years ago, the news shocked the world that Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian FSB officer who defected to Britain in 2000, died after having been poisoned while having tea with three other retired Russian intelligence agents in a luxury London hotel. Published August 6, 2014

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Moscow: Continue U.S. cooperation in space

Moscow wants to work with Washington to further space exploration despite a recent NASA memo noting the crisis in Ukraine has nearly severed prospects for partnership, Russian officials say. Published July 20, 2014

Seventy-two naturalized immigrants proudly held their hands over their hearts at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and pledged allegiance to America amid cheers from U.S. citizens who welcomed them. (Jeffrey Scott Shapiro/The Washington Times)

SHAPIRO: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello welcomes naturalized immigrants on Fourth of July

Seventy-two naturalized immigrants proudly held their hands over their hearts at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Friday and pledged allegiance to America amid cheers from U.S. citizens who welcomed them — a stark contrast to the rising tensions nationwide in response to the surge of Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. border. Published July 4, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a new 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

ANALYSIS: Benghazi prosecution faces legal rights minefield

As the case against Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatalla proceeds, legal experts say Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights do not always apply to foreign nationals when their property is searched or they are interrogated in foreign lands. Published July 2, 2014

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SHAPIRO: Supreme Court strikes down expanded abortion clinic buffer zone

It started out as a hotly contested case that revived the decades old pro-choice vs. pro-life argument, but on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that banned protestors within 35 feet of entrances, exists and driveways of abortion clinics. Published June 28, 2014