Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show

Dating back to 1950s preparations for nuclear war and revised after the Sept. 11 attacks, the presidential directives are not shown to Congress.

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Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry Into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material

A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former president’s Florida home.

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Why the Justice Department Is Unlikely to Investigate the Supreme Court Leak

The internal inquiry led by the court’s marshal has limited tools, but there are challenges to opening a criminal investigation.

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Supreme Court Leak Inquiry Exposes Gray Area of Press Protections

No law or written code of conduct prescribes how an investigation into the leak of a draft opinion should proceed, or whether journalists will be swept into it.

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U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say

Targeting assistance is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.

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Military Memo Adds to Possible Interstellar Meteor Mystery

The U.S. Space Command seemed to confirm a claim that a meteor from outside the solar system had entered Earth’s atmosphere, but other scientists and NASA are still not convinced.

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F.B.I. Preparing to Investigate How Classified Material Went to Trump’s Home

Federal authorities want to know more about how sensitive national security information came to be in 15 boxes of documents and mementos sent to Mar-a-Lago from the White House.

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Submarine Spy Couple Tried to Sell Nuclear Secrets to Brazil

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe pleaded guilty last month in the espionage case, but until now the identity of the nation they had approached had remained publicly undisclosed.

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Supreme Court Sides With F.B.I. in Case on Spying on Muslims

In a narrow and unanimous decision, the justices ruled that a 1978 law governing national security surveillance did not displace the state secrets doctrine.

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C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets, the Supreme Court Rules

A Guantánamo detainee had sought information from two former government contractors to aid in a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

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Biden Rehires National Security Staff Member Pushed Out Under Trump

The National Security Council confirmed that Ellen Knight, who told of improper pressure from Trump administration officials, was returning to help manage classified information.

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China Asked Russia to Delay Ukraine War Until After Olympics, U.S. Officials Say

A Western intelligence report indicates that Chinese officials had some level of knowledge about President Vladimir V. Putin’s war plans or intentions.

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House Panel Widens Investigation of Trump’s Handling of Documents

The Oversight Committee asked the National Archives to detail material the former president took with him when he left office, including classified documents and anything he “destroyed” or “mutilated.”

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Inside Biden’s Race to Prevent War Between Russia and Ukraine

President Biden made three critical decisions about how to handle Russia’s provocations, aiming to prevent armed conflict in Ukraine.

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Wooing Allies, Publicizing Putin’s Plans: Inside Biden’s Race to Prevent War

President Biden made three critical decisions about how to handle Russia’s provocations, aiming to prevent armed conflict in Ukraine.

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Peter Earnest, C.I.A. Veteran Who Ran a Spy Museum, Dies at 88

He ran secret agents and later served as the agency’s spokesman. Both roles prepared him well for his role as the International Spy Museum’s first director.

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Material Recovered From Trump by Archives Included Classified Information

In a letter to Congress, the National Archives confirmed that boxes taken from the White House by the former president included classified national security documents.

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Submarine Spy Case: Wife of Navy Engineer Pleads Guilty

Diana Toebbe, a high school teacher, acknowledged her part in an effort to try to sell nuclear reactor secrets her husband had taken from the Navy.

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U.S. Battles Putin by Disclosing His Next Possible Moves

Declassified information is part of a campaign, backed by Britain, to complicate what officials say are Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine.

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Trump Flouted Presidential Records Law. Will He Face Consequences?

The former president’s telephone habits and penchant for destroying papers have investigators examining the Presidential Records Act and other statutes.

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Shredded, Flushed or Removed: The Trump Papers

Readers urge legal action against the former president. Also: Moving toward a “Republican autocracy”; the Postal Service and profitability.

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Archives Found Possible Classified Material in Boxes Returned by Trump

The National Archives consulted with the Justice Department about the discovery after the former president sent back documents that he had improperly taken from the White House when he left office.

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U.S. Exposes What It Says Is Russian Effort to Fabricate Pretext for Invasion

Officials said Russians were planning a fake video showing an attack by Ukrainians on Russian territory or Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine.

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U.S. Charges Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion

The intelligence said the operatives were “trained in urban warfare and in using explosives,” and could try to stage an incident.

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Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

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Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The concept is to permit two military judges to hold proceedings simultaneously starting in mid-2023.

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The New Pentagon Papers: Civilian Casualties

Readers call for Pentagon accountability for the killing of civilians. Also: Julian Assange; Republican hypocrisy; two-family homes.

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Defense Contractor Tried to Give Classified Information to Russia, U.S. Says

John Murray Rowe Jr. was arrested Wednesday on espionage-related charges. The Justice Department said he had exchanged more than 300 emails with an F.B.I. employee posing as a Russian agent.

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As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

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Predicting the Future Is Possible. These ‘Superforecasters’ Know How.

The psychologist Philip Tetlock on the art and science of prediction.

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Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir

The former defense secretary sued the agency, saying that portions of the book were being concealed “under the guise of classification.”

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F.B.I. Agents Became C.I.A. Operatives in Overseas Prisons

Lawyers disclosed the unusual arrangement in evidentiary hearings to prepare for the Sept. 11 trial at Guantánamo Bay.

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Accused 9/11 Mastermind Seeks Access to Secret Testimony

Prosecutors say war court rules forbid defendants from hearing classified information, unless the classified information is someone quoting what a defendant said.

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How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The military never conducted an independent investigation into a 2019 bombing on the last bastion of the Islamic State, despite concerns about a secretive commando force.

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Supreme Court Weighs Case Against F.B.I. for Spying on Muslims

The justices considered whether the state secrets doctrine required dismissal on national security grounds of a case claiming religious discrimination.

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Some Sept. 11 Trial Secrets May Not Be Secrets Anymore

Prosecutors agreed to compare hundreds if not thousands of pages of classified documents in the case against 9/11 defendants with material released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Tsar Bomba Nuclear Test 60 Years Ago Didn’t Make J.F.K. Flinch

A new study offers insights into how the United States reacted to Tsar Bomba, a planet shaker that made the deadly Hiroshima blast look tame.

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Origin of Virus May Remain Murky, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say

A declassified report said a clearer answer would require more information from Beijing or new discoveries and reiterated divisions over natural causes vs. a lab leak.

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The CIA’s Close Relationship with Poland

The roots of this special relationship stretch back to the Cold War. It’s a story of bravery, blood bonds and, of course, betrayal.

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How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks

In a time of mega-leaks, journalists’ sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.

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Woman Charged in Submarine Secrets Case Will Stay in Custody

Prosecutors used text messages to argue that Diana Toebbe and her husband had discussed leaving the country years ago.

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Report Finds No Wrongdoing in N.S.A. Hiring of Trump Loyalist

The Pentagon’s inspector general found no undue influence in Michael Ellis’s appointment, but recommended a new review of his handling of classified material.

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Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Spy Case as Prosecutors Lay Out New Details

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe planned for years to sell classified materials about submarine technology to a foreign government and were seeking as much as $5 million, the prosecution said in court.

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Submarine Spy Case Involved a Babysitter and a Band-Aid Wrapper

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe seemed like an ordinary suburban couple, but the F.B.I. described them as would-be spies in a plot to pass nuclear secrets — and sloppy ones.

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Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted Espionage, FBI Says

Jonathan Toebbe and his wife tried several times to pass information on nuclear propulsion systems to a foreign government, according to a criminal complaint.

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Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis

They were among a trend of Americans working for foreign governments trying to build their cyberoperation abilities.

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F.B.I. Releases Newly Declassified Document Related to Sept. 11 Attacks

Families of the Sept. 11 victims have long pushed for a deeper investigation into any possible role the Saudi government had in the attacks, but the document offered no conclusive evidence.

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‘I’m Part of Something That’s Really Evil’

The story of Terry Albury, an F.B.I. agent so disillusioned by the war on terror that he was willing to leak classified documents.

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Biden Moves to Declassify Some Documents Related to Sept. 11

In an executive order, the president instructed Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to publicly release the declassified documents over the next six months.

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‘I Helped Destroy People’

Terry Albury, an idealistic F.B.I. agent, grew so disillusioned by the war on terror that he was willing to leak classified documents — and go to prison for doing it.

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