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Espionage

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Credit McQuarrie for crafting colorful antagonists, even if the plot line is not all the impressive and the dialogue is only intermittently memorable. At some point you won't care.

A Spy Flap in Ghana

ADST | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
ADST

Relations between the United States and Ghana were strained in the early 1980s. Enigmatic former Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings had seized power in Ghana in a coup in 1979 and installed the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), a military-led government.

Tom Clancy 'Under Fire,' a Conversation With Grant Blackwood

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Grant Blackwood co-authored Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, The Kill Switch with James Rollins, and The Fargo Adventure Series with Clive Cussler. Under Fire is Grant's first solo Tom Clancy book in the Jack Ryan, Jr. series.

History and Experience: Revisiting My Childhood in a File from the FBI

Boria Sax | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Boria Sax

When experience has been ordered, processed, edited, and cataloged, we call it "history." That bears about the same relation to the chaos of events in progress as a stack of boards and a bag of leaves does to a wind-battered tree in August.

Espionage, by Any Other Name

Scott Ritter | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

While much has been made about the so-called "treasonous" actions of 47 members of Congress, led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, in penning an ill-advised letter to the Government of Iran aimed at undermining the ongoing nuclear negotiations, there is a stark difference between political stupidity -- which the act of writing such a letter represents -- and espionage, which is what those members of Congress who have aided and abetted the Government of Israel in its efforts to collect and disseminate classified U.S. information to unauthorized persons have engaged in.

Ayoub Qanir Takes Time to Cannes

Ann Reynolds | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Ann Reynolds

What do you get when you mix a finance manager, artist, industrial designer, and a nanotechnologist? A film writer and director that knows how to steal Time.

Academy Award Winning Screenwriter of The Imitation Game on Oscars, Research, and Discrimination Against Gay Men and Women

Quora | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Doing research on the history of discrimination against gay men and woman was both horrifying and fascinating. One of the things I wanted to show in the film was that discrimination and prejudice were not simply the result of a few bad apples, but rather an institutionalized system of oppression.

Please Let Me Join Your Spy Scandal!

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Eliot Borenstein

Once again, New York faces a Russian spy scandal whose participants really should have taken the title Get Smart literally. But as the movie tag lines go: This time, it's personal. Because it apparently involves a university very close to home.

The Image of Paranoia

Boria Sax | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Boria Sax

Mainstream society, especially on the Internet, has taken an enormous amount from the culture of espionage. We now routinely use multiple passwords, aliases, and disguises. We also employ a vast arsenal of techniques for both identification and deception

New Snowden Findings Suggest Cyber-Espionage Program Used By Several Countries

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations ...

U.S. Announces Charges In New York Russian Spy Ring Case

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 01.27.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages ...

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

FBI Investigates Ex-Diplomat In Counterintelligence Case

AP | MATTHEW LEE and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement agents searched the home of a former U.S. diplomat and expert on Pakistan as part of an ongoing investigat...

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Our democracy can't function properly if corporations may spy and snoop on nonprofits with impunity. This espionage is a despicable means of degrading the effectiveness of nonprofit watchdogs and activists.

'I'm At The End Of My Life And I Want To Clear My Name'

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A 98-year-old retired New Jersey math teacher implicated in a Cold War atomic espiona...

U.S. Spying and Europe's Disillusioned Pro-American Elites

Stephan Richter | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Spying scandals, the systematic erosion of privacy. A corporate sector that makes mincemeat of American democracy. To understand why Europe's normally pro-American elites are so disillusioned now, it is important to look at the days of their youth a few decades back -- specifically the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

NO SECURITY: Phreaking Out the Phone Phreaks

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.23.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

On February 11, 2014 the citizens of cyberspace waged an Internet-wide war against the NSA's Mass surveillance program called "The Day We Fought Back". As the story unfolds, it is important to look at the history of mass surveillance, and see what we can learn from it.

Snowden Makes New Spying Claims

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

BERLIN (AP) — Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claims in a new interview that the U.S. agency is involved in industrial espionage. German publi...

Ex-Defense Contractor Charged With Shipping U.S. Military Docs To Iran

Bloomberg | Posted 01.13.2014 | World

A former engineer for defense contractors was charged with trying to ship military documents to Iran, including materials related to the U.S. Air Forc...

The Most Overrated Things About 2013

Mark Juddery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Mark Juddery

I am joining in the fun, naming the 10 most overrated things of 2013. Not necessarily bad (though some of them can be awful) not stupid -- just overrated.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

Canada Arrests Suspected Chinese Spy

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2014 | World

By Janet Guttsman TORONTO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a Toronto man suspected of seeking to give China classified...

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Turkey Telling on Israeli Mossad Agents: No Loyalties in the Intelligence Cesspool

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Did Turkey give Iran the names of Israeli Mossad agents allegedly operating in Turkey? If true -- and the public is unlikely to find out any time soon -- then Turkey breached one of fundamental unwritten rules of ethics in the lawless no-rules game of espionage.