Tim Shorrock

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Interests • Korea
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Insightful journalist on Korean matters; revealed that 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget is spent on private contracts

Tim Shorrock is an American writer and commentator on US foreign policy, US national security and intelligence, and East Asian politics, especially the Korean peninsula.


The son of missionary parents, Shorrock grew up in Japan shortly after the US occupation following the Second World War.[1] He has written articles for several magazines, including Harper's, Mother Jones,[2] The Nation,[3] and Salon.[4] He also worked as a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Journal of Commerce.[5]

In a visit to Korea after the April Revolution, Tim witnessed South Korea's autocrat Syngman Rhee overthrown. He later said, "That was the first time in my life that I ever saw people rise up and throw out a dictator. I always remember the April uprising. That was a big influence on my life."[6]

In 2007, he revealed that 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget is spent on private contracts.[7] representing a transformation of the Cold War intelligence bureaucracy into something new and different that is literally dominated by contractor interests.

Published works


  • Spies for hire: the secret world of intelligence outsourcing. New York: Simon & Schuster. (2008) ISBN 9780743282253,
  • The political economy of the Pacific Rim: an analysis of the relationship between the Pacific Northwest and East Asia. Berkeley, Calif: Pacific Rim Economic Project. (1980)


A Document by Tim Shorrock

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Incarticle13 February 2016Cryptome
Corporate media
Edward Snowden
Commentary on an interview with John Young and his wife Deborah Natsios by Pit Schultz of reboot.fm at the 'Transmedia 2016' event in Berlin on 6 February 2016
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