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Diplomacy and Intelligence: Are U.S. Embassies Fronts for the CIA? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Are U.S. embassies fronts for the CIA? How do diplomacy and intelligence influence each other in the field? Why is there frequent tension between the two?

(Another) Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...

One Night in Moscow: An Entry from Edward Snowden's Personal Diary

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.16.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Today was Day 21 stuck in transit at Moscow Airport. Or is it Day 22? Who knows anymore -- one day just bleeds into the next, especially with the windows in the transit lounge blacked out for my security.

Is Edward Snowden an Operative?

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

"Double O"... Snowden? Is Edward Snowden an international spy? Fellow Americans, you decide. Decide our national direction, because the Constitution...

CIA Chief Predicted Contractor Leaks 66 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

As the Edward Snowden leak case reminds us, the United States government has increasingly outsourced its intelligence operations to private firms like...

Edward Snowden: I Acted To Protect 'Basic Liberties'

Reuters | Mark Hosenball and Richard Cowan | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media

* Whistleblower says decided to reveal identity * Says acted according to his conscience * Now fears U.S. retribution, worried about his family ...

Christina Wilkie

Retired Admiral To Oversee Phone Company's 'National Security Agreement' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was hired by Sprint Nextel Corp. Friday as security director...

Ryan J. Reilly

CIA Doesn't Have To Release Dead Osama Bin Laden Photos | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The CIA doesn't have to release photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse being buried at sea, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Judici...

Top Female Spy Passed Over For Big CIA Job

AP | By ADAM GOLDMAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the CIA's highest-ranking women, who once ran a CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded, has been bypassed...

CIA Shake-Up Passes Over Officer Tied To Interrogation Program

The Washington Post | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

A CIA officer who was the first woman to lead the agency’s clandestine service, but was also closely tied to the agency’s interrogation program, w...

Obama Administration Keeps Report On Secret Terms

Salon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Much of what you’ve been told (or seen in movies) about George W. Bush’s supposedly effective torture program is false and overhyped. At least, th...

Report: CIA Dictated 'Zero Dark Thirty' Changes

Gawker | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment

Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual ki...

CIA Has Delivered Cash To Afghan Leader For More Than A Decade

The New York Times | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have ...

Origins Of Not-So-Secret Drone War Examined

New York Times | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed....

Ryan J. Reilly

Rep. Mike Rogers Cautions Against Nixing CIA's Drones Role | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, voiced concerns on Sunday about the government's reported plan...

A16: Let Sarah Knuckey and James Cavallaro Testify About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Before this year -- before President Obama nominated John Brennan to head the CIA -- there was virtually no public Congressional discussion of the drone strike policy at all.

CIA's Paranoid Response on Drones

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

The CIA's defense of an indefensible position on secrecy suggests that it believes secrecy trumps all other values, even a court's common sense.

New Report Reveals Shocking Details About Blackwater's CIA Ties

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Last month a three-year-long federal prosecution of Blackwater collapsed. The government's 15-felony indictment--on such charges as conspiring to hide...

Ryan J. Reilly

CIA Contractors Settle Hooters Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three companies have agreed to pay the government $3 million for showering Central Intelligence Agency employees with tickets to sportin...

Big Day For Obama's CIA Director Nominee

Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama's pick to l...

Could We Move Dianne Feinstein on CIA Oversight?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

What if we could get a bunch of people in California to call one of Dianne Feinstein's California offices during the recess, urging her to publicly commit to holding a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA drone strikes?

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: John Brennan Didn't Officially Disclose CIA Drones Program | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't officially acknowledge the CIA'...

Could the Senate Intelligence Committee Do Oversight of CIA Drone Strikes?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

The question of civilian casualties is crucial to whether the current drone strike policy is a policy that the public would support. Why don't we ask the Senate Intelligence Committee to do its job of overseeing the CIA?

Brennan Needs to Correct the Record on Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Historically, it's been impossible to get the agency to say anything about its drone program or even its interpretation of the laws it's required to follow. Would Brennan support a more open flow of information about how the CIA is carrying out targeted killings, if it continues to do so?

Obama Announces Brennan As CIA Director Pick

Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

President Obama has nominated counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, a 25-year veteran of ...