Tag: Central Intelligence Agency

Same Goal, Different Playbook: Why Russia Would Support Trump and Sanders

At first glance, it may seem contradictory that the nation’s intelligence agencies were telling Congress that President Vladimir V. Putin is presumably striving to get President Trump re-elected, while also warning Senator Bernie Sanders of evidence that he is the Russian president’s favorite Democrat. But to the intelligence analysts and outside experts who have spent […]

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Judge Excuses 9/11 Defense Lawyer and Postpones Torture Testimony

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A military judge responded on Wednesday to a defense lawyer’s request to be released on health grounds from the case of the accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, ruling that the 75-year-old lawyer would no longer […]

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Life of a C.I.A. Coder: Nerf Guns, Pranks and Fat Jokes

Inside a secret government building west of Washington, D.C. — past the armed guards, through the turnstiles and coded locks, into a vaulted office with the highest security clearance — sat the Central Intelligence Agency’s team of elite programmers. They had the weighty mission of creating the hacking tools used by the C.I.A. to spy […]

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Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials investigating the government’s response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry. Since his election, President Trump has attacked the intelligence […]

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Is the CIA’s Director Going Full MAGA?

When President Trump called in his State of the Union address for legislation that would allow crime victims to sue sanctuary cities for offenses committed by undocumented immigrants, CIA Director Gina Haspel rose to her feet, clapping. It was an unusual display of partisan spirit for the nation’s top intelligence officer, especially as it concerned […]

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White House Confirms Killing of Terrorist Leader in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The United States killed the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, the White House confirmed on Thursday. The confirmation came about a week after The New York Times first reported that the United States believed it had killed Qassim al-Rimi, the Qaeda leader, in January after months of tracing him. The C.I.A. […]

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Ex-C.I.A. Analyst Faces Trial in Biggest Leak of Agency’s History

Three years ago, WikiLeaks published thousands of pages of secret documents about how the Central Intelligence Agency hacks into overseas targets, revealing its ability to compromise smartphones and turn certain televisions into listening devices. The breach, known as the Vault 7 leak, was the largest illegal disclosure of C.I.A. information in the spy agency’s history […]

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U.S. Strikes at Leader of Qaeda in Yemen

The United States has carried out an airstrike against the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen after months of tracking him by using aerial surveillance and other intelligence, according to three current or former American officials. The officials expressed confidence that the Qaeda leader, Qassim al-Rimi, was killed in a January airstrike in Yemen […]

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C.I.A. Interrogator Testifies That He Threatened to Kill Prisoner’s Son

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The C.I.A. contractor who interrogated Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, testified on Monday that he threatened to kill one of Mr. Mohammed’s sons if there was another attack on […]

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Guantánamo Testimony Exposes Role of Doctors in C.I.A. Interrogations

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — When the C.I.A. strapped down Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at a secret site in Poland in 2003, those inside the cell included a three-man waterboarding team, black-masked guards — and a doctor. The doctor’s stated role was to monitor […]

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Fourth Spy at Los Alamos Knew A-Bomb’s Inner Secrets

Last fall, a pair of historians revealed that yet another Soviet spy, code named Godsend, had infiltrated the Los Alamos laboratory where the world’s first atom bomb was built. But they were unable to discern the secrets he gave Moscow or the nature of his work. However, the lab recently declassified and released documents detailing […]

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Argument Erupts in Guantánamo Court Over Use of the Term ‘Torture’

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A heated dispute erupted on Friday at the pretrial hearings for the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks over the use of the word “torture” to describe C.I.A. interrogations, and the military judge declared that he […]

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Libyan Militant Is Sentenced to 19 Years in Deadly Benghazi Attacks

A Libyan militant was sentenced Thursday to more than 19 years in prison by a federal judge for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the United States ambassador. The militant, Mustafa al-Imam, was convicted by a jury last year of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorists who […]

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Ousted From Washington, Ex-Spy Valerie Plame Asks Voters to Send Her Back

SANTA FE, N.M. — When Valerie Plame declared her run for Congress by boasting of her past as a C.I.A. agent, money poured into her campaign from donors around the country charmed by her vow to take on President Trump. But now, the view that Ms. Plame is a shoo-in to win the coveted seat […]

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The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the F.B.I.

This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Tim Golden is an editor-at-large and Sebastian Rotella is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine. On the morning of Sept. 11 last year, about two dozen family members of those killed in the terror attacks filed into the White House to visit with President […]

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Did the Saudis Play a Role in the 9/11 Attacks? Here’s What We Found.

F.B.I. agents who secretly investigated Saudi connections to the 9/11 attacks for more than a decade after high-level officials discounted any government links found circumstantial evidence of such support but could not find a smoking gun, a joint investigation by The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica shows. One dogged F.B.I. agent in San Diego […]

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He Waterboarded a Detainee. Then He Had to Get the C.I.A. to Let Him Stop.

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a few weeks of waterboarding the captive in August 2002, the C.I.A. contract psychologists who had developed the interrogation program wanted to stop. The prisoner, a Palestinian known as Abu Zubaydah, was cooperating, and there did not […]

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Architect of Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The architect of the C.I.A.’s Bush-era interrogation program, who personally waterboarded the man accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay on Tuesday, defiantly facing defendants who […]

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Psychologist Who Waterboarded for C.I.A. to Testify at Guantánamo

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — They first met at a secret C.I.A. prison in March 2003. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was believed by his captors to be a senior Qaeda operative who might have information that could save American lives. James E. Mitchell was […]

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Struggle Between N.S.A. and Congress Over Ukraine Records Breaks Into Open

A long-simmering conflict between the National Security Agency and the House Intelligence Committee broke into the open on Sunday when the committee’s chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff, accused the agency of withholding critical intelligence from his panel, including some that might be useful in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Since last fall, the committee […]

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Democrats Seek More Testimony and Evidence for Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — With President Trump’s impeachment trial getting underway, Democrats are intensifying their demands for more testimony and documents that could add to the already voluminous evidence against him and bolster their case by shedding new light on several key questions. Despite the White House strategy of blocking testimony from top officials and rejecting demands […]

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