Intelligence

CIA director Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 12. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Could Stop Robert Mueller in His Tracks

The director of the CIA has extraordinary influence over all counterintelligence investigations — and there are reasons to distrust his intentions.

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A Turf War Is Tearing Apart the Intel Community’s Watchdog Office

Internal scuffling threatens to dismantle the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

The U.S. House of Representatives chamber on Dec. 8, 2008. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Congress Wants to Tie the Intelligence Community’s Hands for No Reason

Reforming national security law for the sake of reform is never a good idea.

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.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival  on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured. (David Becker/Getty Images)

FBI and DHS Assessment Outlined Threat of Lone Offenders Targeting Las Vegas

The U.S. government warned of possible attacks on entertainment venues and mass gatherings.

Fort Meade, UNITED STATES:  A computer workstation bears the National Security Agency (NSA) logo inside the Threat Operations Center inside the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, intelligence gathering operation 25 January 2006 after US President George W. Bush delivered a speech behind closed doors and met with employees in advance of Senate hearings on the much-criticized domestic surveillance.   AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS  (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the NSA Doing More Harm Than Good in Not Disclosing Exploits?

Inside the complicated national security calculus behind disclosing zero-day vulnerabilities.

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 5:  Los Angeles police officers in hazard suits secure the scene in a "hazardous material hot area" after the explosion of a "dirty bomb" during a simulated attack at a dock at the Port of Los Angeles on August 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. In the drill's scenario, a "dirty bomb" smuggled into the port in a shipping container exploded as a bus was driving by, releasing a plume of radioactivity. More than 850 civilian and military personnel representing more than 60 government agencies, community based and private-sector organizations are participating in the terror response drill, "Determined Promise 2004."  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Invisible Threat

As the Trump administration talks border walls and North Korean nukes, scientists are sounding the alarm on potential biological attacks.

A Facebook logo is pictured on a screen ahead of a press conference to announce the launch of it's latest product "Workplace", in central London on October 10, 2016.
Social network giant Facebook launched new global product Workplace, a platform that it hopes will replace intranet, mailbox and other internal communication tools used by businesses worldwide. It is intended to compete with similar office communication products including Microsoft's Yammer, Salesforce's Chatter and Slack.
 / AFP / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook and Senate Panel Scuffle Over Russia Investigation

Even fake Russian accounts may have some legal protection.

TOPSHOT - View of a Cuban flag at half-mast in front of the US Embassy in Havana, on November 26, 2016, the morning after Cuba's historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died aged 90.
One of the world's longest-serving rulers and modern history's most singular characters, Castro defied 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Targeting American Diplomats, Cuba Is Up to its Dirty Old Tricks

It's hard to believe the level of harassment U.S. officials face in Havana.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Seven Circles of Donald Trump’s Russia Inferno

We now know that the president wasn’t ignorant of his campaign’s contacts with Moscow’s intelligence agents. But, on a scale, how complicit was he?

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Intelligence Professionals Learning to Speak Trump’s Language

Spies are adapting to a president with a short attention span.

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.

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