What Really Happened to Dag Hammarskjold’s Plane
More than 60 years after the deaths of the U.N. chief and his team, the victims’ families believe the answer may lie in Washington’s and London’s archives.
U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal
Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.
Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’
Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.
Biden Should Release the CIA Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers
Trump has protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that he ordered the assassination of a U.S. resident. The new administration should reveal the truth.
Under Burns, the CIA Gets a New Focus
Biden’s pick for the agency’s director shows that diplomacy is back.
And the Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Are…
Biden’s final picks could ultimately hinge on two runoff Senate races in Georgia, which will determine who controls the upper chamber.
This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot
Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.
CIA Recruitment Has Joined the Social Media Age
A new video tries to make spying for the United States attractive for today’s youth—but cuts some corners along the way.
How to End the Special Relationship With Israel
The peace process died of natural causes. Washington’s most extraordinary alliance should too.
No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset
The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.
Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup
Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.
Beijing’s Paranoia Sees the CIA Under Every Rock
Chinese propagandists are throwing around wild allegations in Hong Kong—but the leadership may really believe them.
Trump’s Ego Is Officially a Foreign Policy Crisis
Throughout American history, a lack of presidential empathy has triggered international calamity.
Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March
Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.
‘Let’s Kill This Baby in the Crib’
That’s what the CIA said when it had Osama bin Laden in its sights after 9/11. Instead, America veered off into Iraq, and the result is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who appeared in a new video this week.
CIA Lies Low, Waiting for Trump Storm to Pass
With Dan Coats’s job as director of national intelligence on the line, senior CIA officials avoid criticizing the president.
The China Syndrome
On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.
Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.
By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.