Intelligence

A janitor mops the floor at the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, on March 3, 2005.

Spies Are Fighting a Shadow War Against the Coronavirus

Intelligence agencies will play a growing role in keeping their countries safe during the pandemic—by any means necessary.

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History

It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.

Richard Grenell and his husband Ben Lashley attend the 4th of July party hosted by the U.S. Embassy at former Tempelhof Airport on July 04, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief Represents a Step Forward for Gay Rights

Not long ago, Richard Grenell would have been disqualified for his sexuality. It’s a pity, however, that he’s not the right candidate for such an important job.

US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell attends a new year's reception of the German President on January 14, 2019 in Berlin.

The Death of Truth to Power

Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?

His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu addresses a press conference in London on April 6, 2016.

Can the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship Weather the Huawei Storm?

Boris Johnson breaks with Trump, opening Britain’s doors to a Chinese telecommunications giant that Washington fears is an espionage threat.

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and current lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media during a White House Sports and Fitness Day at the South Lawn of the White House May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images).

Is Trump Trying to Get Ukraine to Take Out Biden for Him?

How a whistleblower case involving what the U.S. president said to a foreign leader could affect the 2020 election.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin from the White House on Jan. 28, 2017.

Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing

Laws on whistleblowing weren’t crafted to deal with concerns about a president.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on June 28, 2018.

Can Trump’s Pick for Intel Chief Tell the President What He Needs to Hear?

Critics say John Ratcliffe may be too political to be believed as the next director of national intelligence.

Document of the Week: The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on WMDs in Iraq

The Iraq intelligence debacle casts a shadow over the U.S. assessment of a threat from Iran.

A Sri Lankan security officer stands guard at a roadside checkpoint in Minuwangoda on May 14.

You Can’t Defeat Tomorrow’s Terrorists by Fighting Yesterday’s Enemy

Countries from Sri Lanka and Israel to the United States and Norway have failed to prevent attacks because their intelligence agencies were fixated on the last threat rather than the next one.

Indonesian workers transport ballot boxes for the upcoming general elections at the Bonto Matinggi village in Maros, South Sulawesi, on April 16. (Daeng Mansur/AFP/Getty Images)

The World This Weekend

In recent days, Washington raced to decipher the Mueller report and Indonesian voters cast ballots at more than 800,000 polling stations.

Rafi Eitan, who was a member of the Mossad team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, waves to photographers during an exhibition at the Knesset in Jerusalem on December 12, 2011, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the verdict against Eichmann, who was instrumental in the planning and execution the Holocaust.

Remembering Israel’s Most Celebrated Spy

Rafi Eitan was no 007. He was far more cunning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  talks with soldiers as he stands near a naval Iron Dome defense systeminstalled on a Sa'ar 5 Lahav Class corvette of the Israeli Navy fleet, in the northern  port of Haifa on Feb. 12.

China Is Spying On Israel to Steal U.S. Secrets

Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the intelligence operations of Beijing and Moscow for too long. Now, the Israeli government is finally paying attention, but it could be too late.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute to those killed in a shooting the day before at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16. (Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This

The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 13. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

The tribalism infecting U.S. domestic politics has unfortunately crept deep into the foreign-policy discourse.

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