Erin Banco is a national security reporter for The Daily Beast and holds a master's degree from the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She has worked as a Middle East correspondent for Newsweek Media Group and as a freelance journalist in Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria. Her work can be found in The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, CNN, and The Intercept. Send her tips: or You can also use our anonymous document submission system, SecureDrop. Click here to find out how.