- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
View a slide show on what the WikiLeaks cables say about world leaders
Welcome to WikiLeaked, FP‘s brand-new blog dedicated to the thousands of State Department cables that are suddenly being thrust into the public domain, to the great chagrin of the U.S. governments and its friends and allies around the world. Over the next few weeks (and perhaps months) — as WikiLeaks dribbles out secret and sensitive documents on everything from the dating habits of world leaders to the prospects of political reform in Zimbabwe — we’ll be mining the site for nuggets of gold, providing context and making connections between people, places, and events.
We’ll also be cross-posting relevant blog items and articles from elsewhere on ForeignPolicy.com, so consider wikileaks.foreignpolicy.com your one-stop shop for scoops and insights on the State Department cables. And we’ll keep on it as long as there are still interesting and important documents to discover.
FP comes to this story without an agenda: We have no axe to grind with the United States, or with any country for that matter. We are simply interested in reporting the facts to our readers all over the world, left and right, American and not. We know that these cables alone don’t tell the whole story: U.S. policy usually gets hashed out via an elaborate process in Washington, not through one person’s report from the field. And we know that just because a secret cable says something doesn’t make it true.
We also know that we’ll need your help. So please, send us tips or point us to new documents and reporting elsewhere. Tell us when we get something wrong. Give us your thoughts in the comments section. And keep reading.