American Held in Moscow a Prisoner to Paperwork
Paul Whelan’s family can’t discuss his case with the U.S. Embassy until he returns a signed waiver.
McFaul: Whelan’s Arrest Is ‘Very Strange’
The former U.S. ambassador to Russia says the former Marine's detention doesn’t fit the pattern of previous ones.
Paul Whelan’s Brother: Family Knew Little About His Interest in Russia
They learned about the Marine’s bad conduct discharge from media.
Why Isn’t Trump Talking About the American Jailed in Russia?
A president who takes pride in freeing U.S. detainees abroad has been strangely silent about Paul Whelan.
U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy
Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.
Germany Is Soft on Chinese Spying
Huawei has deep ties to the Chinese government. Berlin might let it build the country’s next generation of communications infrastructure anyway.
A New Cold Front in Russia’s Information War
As NATO’s footprint grows in Norway, Moscow may be using an espionage case to inflame the country’s internal divisions.
Russia’s Military Intelligence Agency Isn’t Stupid
Don’t let the reporting on the suspected Skripal attackers fool you: Moscow got what it wanted.
Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents
The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.
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.