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Yossi Melman

Yossi Melman, Israel,  is one of his country's leading investigative reporters, as well as a feature writer and intelligence commentator for Walla, Israel's largest news website, which he joined in 2012. Until then he covered the same topics for 27 years for the daily Ha'aretz newspaper.

His new book (together with CBS News reporter Dan Raviv) Spies Against Armageddon, a history of Israel's intelligence community, was published in the USA in 2012. (Read their tips for writing about espionage and military intelligence in How To Write a History of Something Secret). 

He is the recipient of the Sokolov Award, Israel's most prestigious awards of journalism.

He has written several highly acclaimed books on clandestine diplomacy, terrorism, and intelligence, including Every Spy A Prince, which was a bestseller in the United States, Israel, Poland and Germany and was published in over a dozen other countries. His 2008 book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran, investigates the political, economic, and strategic background to Iran's nuclear program and the surprising rise to power of its president.

Melman was a panelist for The Washington Post's Globalpost website and a contributor to U.S., British, and German media. He was a 1990 Nieman fellow at Harvard.

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