Samuel Oakford

New York

Video Forensics Reporter

Education: Binghamton University, BA in Geography

Samuel Oakford is a video reporter for The Washington Post's Visual Forensics team. Before joining The Post, he worked as a senior journalist at Storyful and a reporter for Vice News at the United Nations. He was also a reporter for the civilian harm monitor Airwars and conducted open source investigations for Bellingcat's Yemen Project.
Latest from Samuel Oakford

Alleged leaker fixated on guns and envisioned ‘race war’

Previously unpublished videos and documents reviewed by The Washington Post reveal Jack Teixeira’s preparations for a violent social conflict, his racist thinking and a deep suspicion of the government he served.

May 14, 2023

Texas shooter’s diary charts decade-long path to violence

The shooter in the Allen, Tex., mass killing showed signs of extreme hate as far back as 2013, but his online postings don’t spell out a clear motive, analysts say.

May 12, 2023

FBI leak investigators home in on members of private Discord server

Investigators have spoken to online friends of alleged leaker Jack Teixeira, who hung out with him in an online chatroom.

April 21, 2023

Discord member details how documents leaked from closed chat group

In interviews with a member of the Discord group where intelligence documents were shared, The Washington Post learned details of the alleged leaker, “OG.”

April 16, 2023

Suspected leaker of top-secret Pentagon documents arrested

Officials say Jack Teixeira, a National Guard technology support staffer, is suspected of mishandling U.S. military security secrets.

April 13, 2023

Egypt secretly planned to supply rockets to Russia, leaked U.S. document says

President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi in February planned to produce 40,000 rockets for Russia and instructed officials to keep production and shipment secret “to avoid problems with the West.”

April 11, 2023

U.S. doubts Ukraine counteroffensive will yield big gains, leaked document says

It is a marked departure from public statements about the vitality of Ukraine’s army and is likely to embolden critics calling for negotiations to end the war.

April 10, 2023

Justice Dept. will investigate leak of classified Pentagon documents

The documents outline a wealth of information about the Ukrainian and Russian militaries, and include highly sensitive analyses about China and other nations.

April 7, 2023

Fairfax officer to be fired over shooting of unarmed Black man near Tysons

The announcement that a Fairfax police officer would be fired came during the release of body-cam footage of Timothy Johnson's fatal shooting near Tysons.

March 23, 2023

Video shows Va. officer appearing to throw punches in Irvo Otieno’s cell

The video released Wednesday shows an encounter with Henrico County sheriff's deputies two hours before the 28-year-old died at Central State Hospital.

March 22, 2023