On a sunny July afternoon in the middle of a sunny summer day, a young woman sat in a small, dimly lit office in Washington.
Her name was Lauren Kostelan, and she was an investigative journalist for The New York Times who had been investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
On June 15, Kostelsan had published an article in The Times about a Russian state-sponsored effort to hack into Democratic Party organizations and to leak emails from the campaign of Donald Trump.
She was also a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, a magazine she had written for years and had been the editor of.
The story in The New American, which had been a regular feature on her column for the Times since 2010, was a story about how a state-controlled actor hacked into Democratic organizations and published emails from their staffers, using them as “poster boys” for a Russian propaganda campaign.
This particular attack, which targeted the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and other Democratic groups, came at a critical moment for the campaign, when it was facing a series of controversies.
The emails were stolen from the DNC and used to support a story in a conservative media outlet that claimed that the Clinton campaign was colluding with the Russians to try to win the election.
The Trump campaign seized on the revelations as evidence that the Democratic Party was not up to the task of holding the White House.
But what was missing from the story, and what had been on Kostelson’s mind all day, was the fact that she was the reporter who was the subject of this attack.
It had been an incredibly stressful day.
The attack had been reported by The New Republic, a left-leaning publication, and then by the Washington Post.
It would be weeks before the New Yorker would publish an article about it.
A former Clinton staffer was in the room, and Kosteltan, who is African-American, was there to interview her.
Kostelingan was one of several reporters who had worked for The Times.
The Times is a highly selective outlet, and it has been in the news business for decades, but Kostelians work in The NY Times, where she was a reporter, has been particularly significant, as it has long been considered a bastion of the left.
Kostaels work has had an outsized impact on the national debate over Russia.
As she told me in an interview in mid-August, she was deeply affected by the events that took place at The New Daily.
As I spoke with her about her work, she became increasingly uncomfortable.
It was clear that this was an event that would affect her work in the future.
KOSTELAN: It made me really nervous.
I thought, This is what it’s like when the media is not neutral.
KOBERT: Was it stressful for you to work on this story?
I had been through this before.
I was at the front lines of the investigation in the case against the Clintons, but I was very protective of my sources.
I wanted to be completely transparent about what I was doing, so that I could be the most objective reporter that I knew.
I felt very uncomfortable.
I think that was a real source of stress for me.
It wasn’t because I was not objective, but because I didn’t have any friends on the left or the right, and I didn