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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

America Will Always Lose Russia’s Tit-for-Tat Spy Games

In the asymmetric warfare of espionage, playing fair means Moscow wins.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Book Talk: Spy Schools

Exploring the dark relationship between intelligence services and academia.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow falls in Harvard Yard on January 27, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston, and much of the Northeast, is being hit with heavy snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Harvard Caves to CIA Pressure, Revokes Chelsea Manning Title

Manning, the transgender former soldier who leaked thousands of diplomatic cables, lost her honorary title.

A member of the Syrian government forces holds a position with an anti-tank missile system in Kobajjep area, on the southwestern outskirts of Deir Ezzor, on September 5, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Syria's army and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing towards Deir Ezzor on several fronts in recent weeks, and entered the Brigade 137 base on its western edge, in what Moscow hailed as a key "strategic victory". / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN        (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

An army of contractors and subcontractors in Eastern Europe is working to supply America’s sprawling — and legally questionable — anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 06:  People view historical documents and photographs displayed in a high tech art installation at Salt Galata on May 6, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. The "Archive Dreaming" installation by artist Refik Anadol uses artificial intelligence to visualize nearly 2 million historical Ottoman documents and photographs from the SALT Research Archive. Controlled by a single tablet in the center of a mirrored room the artist used machine learning algorithms to combine historical documents, art, graphics and photographs to create an immersive installation allowing people to scroll, read and explore the archives. The SALT Galata archives include around 1.7 million documents ranging from the late-Ottoman era to the present day. The exhibition is on show at SALT Galata art space through till June 11, 2017.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Robots Will Run the CIA, Too

The U.S. agency is very interested in artificial intelligence.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Homeland Security Advisor: Do We Really Need a Russia Desk?

Tom Bossert wants spies to team up to focus on cybersecurity and other functional topics.

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Can the Deep State and the Media Survive Trump?

The FBI and the Department of Justice must not overreact to leaks.

LANGLEY, UNITED STATES:  A janitor mops the floor at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency 03 March, 2005 in Langley, Virginia.  AFP PHOTO/ Brendan SMIALOWSKI  (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bumbling Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Selling Secrets to China

A prestigious Chinese think tank provided cover for the intelligence operation that ensnared Kevin Mallory.

Persian soldiers chase rioters during civil unrest in Tehran, August 1953. On August 19, 1953, democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence, after having nationalized the oil industry. The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was re-installed in the primary position of power. Massive protests broke out across the nation, leaving almost 300 dead in firefights in the streets of Tehran. 

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64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Former CIA Director Outlines Russian Playbook for Influencing Unsuspecting Targets

John Brennan told lawmakers that intelligence revealing communications between American and Russian officials "raised questions" about cooperation for him.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Top Threat Facing U.S. Is Cyber, Says Outgoing CIA Lawyer

Caroline Krass talked about cyber threats, enhanced interrogation, and future challenges for the new administration.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during a discussion on national security at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s CIA Chief Slams WikiLeaks as ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’

In his first public speech, Mike Pompeo lambasted the site run by Julian Assange for stealing U.S. secrets and working with Russia.

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U.S. Govt. Hackers Get Burned by Online Vigilantes, Researchers

Or is Russia retaliating for President Donald Trump’s Syria strikes through one of its cyber-proxies?

A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo on February 23, 2013. Three surface-to-surface missiles fired by Syrian regime forces in Aleppo's Tariq al-Bab district have left 58 people dead, among them 36 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on February 24. AFP PHOTO/PABLO TOSCO        (Photo credit should read Pablo Tosco/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Is Bombing First, Asking Questions Later

In the U.S. air war against al Qaeda militants, the civilian casualties are mounting — while accountability is becoming murkier.

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