How Not to Pressure Putin
Britain needs strategic patience, not shrill denunciations, to keep Russia in check.
A Brief History of Attempted Russian Assassinations by Poison
Russian security services appear to be increasingly targeting dissidents and renegade spies for death by poison.
Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers
An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.
Size Doesn’t Matter for Spies Anymore
In the era of cyber-espionage, even the smallest countries can play on the biggest stage.
The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco
Overflights, mapping fiber-optic networks, "strange activities." Moscow's West Coast spies were busy.
Fiction: We often use it to make the strange more familiar, as in spy novels
Spy novels introduce us to unusual or technical information, potentially confusing events, and unfamiliar social or professional customs.
Apocalypse, Soon: New Books on War, Plague, Famine, Demagogues, and the End of the World as They Knew It
FP staffers learn what really killed the Romans and why the 1930s should scare us to death.
Could Trump Jr., Kushner, or Manafort Be Charged Under the Espionage Act?
If the meeting at Trump Tower feels to you like treason, that's probably because it may actually be espionage.
If Donald Trump Is a Crook, What Kind Is He?
Conservatives are right that collusion with foreign spies isn’t necessarily a crime. But prosecutors have plenty of other options.
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.
This Is How Five Eyes Dies
Looking back from 2019, the collapse of Western intelligence sharing under Trump was inevitable.
State Department Official Took ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Gifts From Chinese Spies
Candace Marie Claiborne alleged received tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Chinese agents she knew to be spies.
Prosecutors Detail What May Be NSA’s Worst-Ever Security Breach
Contractor Harold Martin is accused of lifting as many as 500 million pages of classified and top-secret material from Ft. Meade, and will be charged under the Espionage Act.
Every Move You Make
Over eight years, President Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?
FBI Tricked Naval Intel Officer Into Spilling Info, Lawyers Say
Navy makes tapes of hearing for accused U.S. Navy spy available, adds new wrinkles
Fear This Man
To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire.
China May Be the Big Winner in the Pentagon’s Newest Spying Scandal
The secrets a U.S. Navy officer is suspected of slipping to China could ground America’s most important spy planes just when Washington needs them most.
America Was Founded on Secrets and Lies
Espionage, kidnapping, and the dark art of spycraft is as American as George Washington.
Iranian Spies Tried to Entrap Me in a Pret A Manger
How the ayatollah’s online trolls lure, discredit, and intimidate journalists halfway around the world.
Who Does No. 2 Work For?!
Spying on world leaders’ poop is a whole lot more common than you’d think — and just as useless.