Nate Thayer

Nate Thayer Award-winning freelance investigative reporter and foreign correspondent; 25 years making people with guns, political power and money nervous.

Nate Thayer is an award winning freelance investigative journalist and foreign correspondent with 25 years of experience reporting from around the globe, with a focus on Asia, and a specialization in modern Cambodian political history, with a notable expertise on the Khmer Rouge, and a current focus on North Korea. He specializes in military conflict, politics, civil unrest, human rights, corruption, asymmetrical warfare, defense, intelligence, transnational organized crime, and transitions from dependency political cultures establishing political stability through rule of law and democratic structures. He has covered all of Asia, as well as Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Cuba, Albania, North Korea, and Mongolia, among many others areas. A Freelance investigative reporter, he has been a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Associated Press, Jane's Defence Weekly, the Phnom Penh Post, the Washington Post, Agence France Presse, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In addition he has published in more than 200 other print, television, radio, documentary films, and online media in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. He has published more than 500 photographs and video in various mediums. He was a visiting scholar in residence at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. Having lived in Asia for 25 years, he is now based in Washington D.C.

Comrades in Mass Murder: The Secret Alliance Between Suicide Cult Leader Jim Jones and North Korea By Nate Thayer Novemb...
11/19/2017
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Comrades in Mass Murder: The Secret Alliance Between Suicide Cult Leader Jim Jones and North Korea By Nate Thayer November 18, 2017 Today is the 39th anniversary of the Jonestown People’s Temple massacre, at the time the worst political mass killing in U.S. history until the terrorist attack in New York September 11, 2001. People’s Temple documents recovered from Jonestown in the wake of the murder of 903 cult loyalists by Jim Jones reveal a remarkable relationship between Jones’ and North Korea in the months immediately preceding the massacre in the remote jungles of Guyana. [ 5,290 more words ]

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Thoughts on the release of the Canadian-American Boyle family held hostage in Afghanistan By Nate Thayer October 15, 201...
10/15/2017
Thoughts on Canadian-American Boyle family held hostage in Afghanistan

Thoughts on the release of the Canadian-American Boyle family held hostage in Afghanistan By Nate Thayer October 15, 2017 My excellent friend, the retired American diplomat and now novelist James Bruno, wrote today his thoughts on the curious case of the Canadian-American Boyle family who were released this week after five years held hostage in Afghanistan. It was a thoughtful piece by Bruno. [ 1,128 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/thoughts-on-canadian-american-boyle-family-held-hostage-in-afghanistan/

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Blessed be the bomb makers A package of several stories detailing Catholic priest William Aitcheson's past as a domestic...
10/15/2017
From Ku Klux Klan Terrorist to Catholic Priest

Blessed be the bomb makers A package of several stories detailing Catholic priest William Aitcheson's past as a domestic terrorist will be published this week in the National Catholic Reporter. Below is a preview: By Nate Thayer After Ku Klux Klan leader Bill Aitcheson was convicted on hate crime and bomb making charges in 1977, he vanished for 40 years. [ 1,597 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/from-ku-klux-klan-terrorist-to-catholic-priest/

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Anti dog, white human supremacists flee in confusion If only Lamont had been in Charlottesville....... (From the archive...
09/24/2017
Lamont Confronts Nazi Protestors: Meets Power with Smooches

Anti dog, white human supremacists flee in confusion If only Lamont had been in Charlottesville....... (From the archives of the Lamont Diaries) By Nate Thayer September 22, 2012 The internationally renowned Cross Species Rights Activist and International Peacemaker, my pal, Lamont, was credited by Law Enforcement officials with single-pawedly diffusing a dangerous racial and religious confrontation in the nation’s capitol Saturday after notorious anti-dog, white human supremacist hate groups gathered at the headquarters of the canine superhero’s turf, Abraham Lincoln Park. [ 842 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/lamont-confronts-nazi-protestors-meets-power-with-smooches/

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Former KKK leader was arrested for assault and battery after he was ordained a Catholic Priest  By Nate Thayer August 23...
08/25/2017
The Catholic Church Cover-up of a Priest with a Ku Klux Klan past

Former KKK leader was arrested for assault and battery after he was ordained a Catholic Priest By Nate Thayer August 23, 2017 A Catholic priest who was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan has a long criminal rap sheet for extremist political activities extending over two-decades, including after he was ordained by the Catholic church, according to numerous court documents, spokesmen for the church, and interviews with former fellow Klansmen. [ 3,630 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/the-catholic-church-cover-up-of-a-priest-with-a-ku-klux-klan-past/

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With the rise of media conglomerates, foreign news has been shoved aside. By Nate Thayer (Published in Nieman Reports in...
06/19/2017
Freelancers’ Vital Role in International Reporting: Thoughts on the Post 9/11 World

With the rise of media conglomerates, foreign news has been shoved aside. By Nate Thayer (Published in Nieman Reports in December 2001, shortly after the terrorist attack in New York City and the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history) At an annual gathering of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in July, I sat with Ahmed Rashid, a renowned Pakistani journalist, and discussed the decreasing appetite for international news. [ 2,345 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/freelancers-vital-role-in-international-reporting-thoughts-on-the-post-911-world/

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Did Pyongyang poison a U.S. prisoner with a biological warfare agent?  By Nate Thayer June 16, 2017 On March 16, 2016, 2...
06/16/2017
Did North Korea poison U.S. prisoner Otto Warmbier with Botulism?

Did Pyongyang poison a U.S. prisoner with a biological warfare agent? By Nate Thayer June 16, 2017 On March 16, 2016, 21 year-old college student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for filching a propaganda poster from his hotel in North Korea. After 18 months, convicted of being a “war criminal”, Warmier left North Korea Tuesday comatose, on a stretcher, and, according to North Korea, a victim of botulism poisoning. [ 3,288 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/did-north-korea-poison-u-s-prisoner-otto-warmbier-with-botulism/

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25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman & U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy Rodman trip comes after decades ...
06/13/2017
Take Two: Ambassador Dennis Rodman returns to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman & U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in avoiding nuclear war by Nate Thayer March 4, 2013 (A version of this story was first published in NK News NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman’s circus troupe delegation to North Korea was greeted by ridicule by most of the world. [ 4,368 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/take-two-ambassador-dennis-rodman-returns-to-meet-north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un/

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From the ex-Girlfriend Diaries.... By Nate Thayer June 9, 2017 This renewed brouhaha over government spies leaking class...
06/10/2017
Why Journalists Dating Spies can be Challenging…

From the ex-Girlfriend Diaries.... By Nate Thayer June 9, 2017 This renewed brouhaha over government spies leaking classified U.S. documents to reporters reminded me (a journalist) of my ill-fated romance with a spy for the National Security Agency or NSA, otherwise known as No Such Agency, because it's very existence is a secret even though it has the largest budget of any agency in the entire U.S. [ 1,856 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/why-journalists-dating-spies-can-be-challenging/

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Or how to play matchmaker for people’s brains when they may or may not be interested in your private parts By Nate Thaye...
06/07/2017
How to chat up two gals who don’t want to f**k you, and enjoy it a lot

Or how to play matchmaker for people’s brains when they may or may not be interested in your private parts By Nate Thayer June 6, 2017 Today I saw a Facebook post that made my heart go pitter-patter from someone I don’t know but wanted to. “When I was a Senior in High School I wrote Congresswoman now Senator Tammy Baldwin… [ 2,893 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/how-to-chat-up-two-gals-who-dont-want-to-f**k-you-and-enjoy-it-a-lot/

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By Nate Thayer June 6, 2017 For the last 26 months, I have been largely focused on investigating the broad and effective...
06/06/2017
How U.S. Government Spying can Ruin the Lives of Law Abiding Americans

By Nate Thayer June 6, 2017 For the last 26 months, I have been largely focused on investigating the broad and effectively unchecked secret police powers the U.S. government has been legally accorded in the years since the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. Having veered off from a focus on foreign terrorist plots, the US “War on Terror” is now largely targeting U.S. [ 10,391 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/how-u-s-government-spying-can-ruin-the-lives-of-law-abiding-americans/

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Remembering Ivor Leclerc By Nate Thayer May 18, 2017 While perusing through my files and papers I came across a handwrit...
05/18/2017
Notes on Love and Courage: Thoughts on a very good man

Remembering Ivor Leclerc By Nate Thayer May 18, 2017 While perusing through my files and papers I came across a handwritten copy of an eulogy I delivered at the memorial service in May 1999 for my step father, Ivor Leclerc, held at the National Cathedral Church in Washington D.C. I found stapled to my handwritten three page eulogy an excerpt from one of my favorite books: … [ 1,689 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/notes-on-love-and-courage-thoughts-on-a-very-good-man/

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A conversation with a Hollywood heart throb's assistant Random musings on Swedish names, Pol Pot, Hollywood, and serial ...
04/27/2017
Musings on the Excellent Name Astrid, Matt Dillon, Hollywood, & Serial Killers

A conversation with a Hollywood heart throb's assistant Random musings on Swedish names, Pol Pot, Hollywood, and serial killers By Nate Thayer April 26, 2017 This week I was invited to attend a gala event by a Hollywood movie star. It was important and fun, to boot. But the communications swirling around before, during, and after the event were also of note. [ 1,871 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/musings-on-the-excellent-name-astrid-matt-dillon-hollywood-serial-killers/

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By Nate Thayer April 26, 2017 “The word refugee is a beautiful word. It sounds lovely and it’s easy to say. But the real...
04/26/2017
“Refugee is a lovely word, easy to say. But the reality is like being buried alive”

By Nate Thayer April 26, 2017 “The word refugee is a beautiful word. It sounds lovely and it’s easy to say. But the reality of it is like being buried alive”--Dara Than: friend; father; human being; political refugee Dara Than died recently. He was a good man. I knew Dara Than from his 12 years living in a UN run refugee camp along the Thai Cambodian border, and, after the war was , sort of, over when we reunited in Phnom Penh. [ 1,136 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/refugee-is-a-lovely-word-easy-to-say-but-the-reality-is-like-being-buried-alive/

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The California Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is facing a long stretch in prison after his ...
04/19/2017
The Evolution of a Violent White Supremacist

The California Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is facing a long stretch in prison after his 4th stabbing arrest By Nate Thayer April 19, 2017 William Ernest Hagen, 56, of Orange, California, the state Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has had a dysfunctional relationship with sharp metal instruments for decades. [ 2,811 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/the-evolution-of-a-violent-white-supremacist/

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By Nate Thayer April 12, 2017 I was contacted today by a very nice gentleman who alerted me I was entitled to large sums...
04/13/2017
Internet scamster says my dog, Lamont, can rip his head off and other stuff for $$$

By Nate Thayer April 12, 2017 I was contacted today by a very nice gentleman who alerted me I was entitled to large sums of money. Here is the verbatim conversation: Him: Hello. How are you doing today? Me: Okay Him: I am doing good. I was just wondering if you have heard the good news yet? Me: No. I have only heard bad news today. [ 1,203 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/internet-scamster-says-my-dog-lamont-can-rip-his-head-off-and-other-stuff-for/

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Robot Sex Poll Reveals Huffington Post Uses Slave Plantation Economic Business Model to Convince Writers to Work for No ...
04/11/2017
Freelance Journalism: Robot sex poll reveals I Got Invited–then disinvited–as guest on Huffington Post TV

Robot Sex Poll Reveals Huffington Post Uses Slave Plantation Economic Business Model to Convince Writers to Work for No Pay: “You Should be Grateful We Let You be Our 'House Negro' or You’d be Picking Cotton in the Fields With the Rest of the Slaves” (This story was published four years ago today on an old blog site and, as part of centrally archiving my published works from over the years, is re-posted here) [ 2,189 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/freelance-journalism-robot-sex-poll-reveals-i-got-invited-then-disinvited-as-guest-on-huffington-post-tv/

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My Friend, Arthur: The Planet’s Biggest Dope Trafficker By Nate Thayer Arthur Torsone was, in his arguably misguided you...
04/11/2017
My Friend, Arthur: The Planet’s Biggest Dope Trafficker

My Friend, Arthur: The Planet’s Biggest Dope Trafficker By Nate Thayer Arthur Torsone was, in his arguably misguided youth, the biggest international drug trafficker on earth. He also, I have confidently confirmed, a great f**king guy. Arthur contacted me a couple of weeks ago and said we had, sorta, crossed paths a few years back. “I know who you are,” he wrote me out of the blue. [ 3,232 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/my-friend-arthur-the-planets-biggest-dope-trafficker/

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Explosion kills Syrian technicians on North Korean train, Israeli agent spotted in Pyongyang (Part of this story was fir...
04/06/2017
The odd tale of Israeli spy who tried to stop the Syrian chemical warfare attack this week

Explosion kills Syrian technicians on North Korean train, Israeli agent spotted in Pyongyang (Part of this story was first published in NKNew.org on June 20th, 2013 and outlines some of the extraordinary measures taken by Israel to prevent the chemical warfare attack that happened in Syria this week) A mysterious North Korean train explosion, dead Syrian missile scientists, fake Canadian passports, a poisoned Hamas terrorist, and the Israeli assassin: One curious tale in a bloody global spy war behind the Middle East conflict… [ 3,358 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/the-odd-tale-of-israeli-spy-who-tried-to-stop-the-syrian-chemical-warfare-attack-this-week/

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Deadly Spy War Erupts When Israel Views the Two Pariah States Having Crossed a ‘Red Line’ acquiring chemical weapons By ...
04/05/2017
Global Trail of Dead Scientists Price of Pyongyang-Syria Chemical Weapons Collaboration

Deadly Spy War Erupts When Israel Views the Two Pariah States Having Crossed a ‘Red Line’ acquiring chemical weapons By Nate Thayer April 5, 2017 (This is a revised article first published in 2013 in NKNew.org and republished today in light of the chemical warfare attack in Syria this week) WASHINGTON, D.C. – In July 2007, an explosion rocked the al-Safir chemical weapons and ballistic missile research facility buried in cavernous underground tunnels dug under a mountain near Allepo in Northwestern Syria. [ 4,745 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/global-trail-of-dead-scientists-price-of-pyongyang-syria-chemical-weapons-collaboration/

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The Ghosts of Quality Journalism Past: The Far Eastern Economic Review Remembered By Nate Thayer April 3, 2017 (This is ...
04/03/2017
The Ghosts of Quality Journalism Past: The Far Eastern Economic Review Remembered

The Ghosts of Quality Journalism Past: The Far Eastern Economic Review Remembered By Nate Thayer April 3, 2017 (This is a revised version of an article first published in 2014) I have always loathed the fact that print journalists almost never control what ends up as the headline blaring over the articles we pen. Invariably, headlines disproportionately influence, define, and trump the content of the article itself in a reader’s mind’s eye as our news stories filter into the public debate. [ 1,024 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/the-ghosts-of-quality-journalism-past-the-far-eastern-economic-review-remembered/

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My pal, Lamont, makes common ground with the deplorables Part of a continuing series of chitchats from the forbidden cor...
03/16/2017
Conversations with an American Nazi

My pal, Lamont, makes common ground with the deplorables Part of a continuing series of chitchats from the forbidden corners of U.S. political beliefs and polite society The series includes "Conversations with the still-married-but-not-to-me-girlfriend", "Conversations with the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan", and "Conversations with my pal, my dog Lamont." Here is the first of [ 4,030 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/conversations-with-an-american-nazi/

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The Untouchable Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan White supremacist wages campaign of threats and intimidation against...
03/10/2017
The Untouchable: KKK Wizard threatens witnesses to murder attempt

The Untouchable Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan White supremacist wages campaign of threats and intimidation against witnesses in upcoming attempted murder trial Head of KKK Loyal White Knights Christopher Barker “danger to community” By Nate Thayer March 6, 2017 Before Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Christopher Barker was arrested for attempted murder, a federal court warned if he violated his probation one more time he would be sent to a federal penitentiary. [ 6,982 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/the-untouchable-kkk-wizard-threatens-witnesses-to-murder-attempt/

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Partisan America's fetish with the feet of our presidents By Nate Thayer March 1, 2017  Partisan Washington's fetish wit...
03/01/2017
U.S. fusses over president’s feet as world panics we have lost our mind

Partisan America's fetish with the feet of our presidents By Nate Thayer March 1, 2017 Partisan Washington's fetish with presidential feet dominated news headlines yesterday, trumping the global consensus the leaders of the Free World have lost their minds. Trump presidential advisor KellyAnne Conway was spanked throughout official Washington for kneeling and putting her feet on the presidential couch to snap photos at an official event in the oval office. [ 1,813 more word ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/u-s-fusses-over-presidents-feet-as-world-panics-we-have-lost-our-mind/

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Entire leadership of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan resign after top leader charged with attempted murder of fe...
02/27/2017
Internal Ku Klux Klan mutiny may spell collapse of extremist white power group

Entire leadership of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan resign after top leader charged with attempted murder of fellow Klansmen A rare equivalent of a White Nationalist Fatwa was issued by a secretive body of elders from 16 different Klan groups excommunicating LWK Imperial Wizard Christopher Barker By Nate Thayer February 27, 2017 The most extreme white supremacist organization in the U.S. [ 3,975 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/internal-ku-klux-klan-mutiny-may-spell-collapse-of-extremist-white-power-group/

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Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard told others that his wife had poisoned him hours before he was found shot in his bed, recov...
02/22/2017
Text messages from the grave: slain KKK Wizard said “my wife did it”

Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard told others that his wife had poisoned him hours before he was found shot in his bed, recovered text messages show Malissa Ancona confessed to drugging her husband to support her opiate addiction in an October document she signed Her children say she solicited them in earlier murder plots against her husband By Nate Thayer… [ 4,061 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/text-messages-from-the-grave-slain-kkk-wizard-said-my-wife-did-it/

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Filed Under Political Double Standards: Trump gets a bad rap on this issue By Nate Thayer January 26, 2017 Donald Trump ...
01/26/2017
On wealthy political campaign donors appointed U.S. Ambassadors

Filed Under Political Double Standards: Trump gets a bad rap on this issue By Nate Thayer January 26, 2017 Donald Trump ordered all U.S. Ambassadors who were political appointments under former President Barack Obama, such as US Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, to leave by midday on 20 January when Trump was sworn in as President. The U.S. embassy in Singapore released this photograph of Ambassador Wagar wearing a Obama shirt as he departed Singapore's Changi airport on January 20. [ 931 more words ]

http://www.nate-thayer.com/on-wealthy-political-campaign-donors-appointed-u-s-ambassadors/

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Hi Nate. Tried to buy your book. Check came back, don't remember the reason given. I didn't take it personally. I have wonderful memories of blue meanies and three on a motorcycle on Kuta Beach. Helena Havelock