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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Intelligence Warned of Afghanistan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances

Even as the president was telling the public that Kabul was unlikely to fall, intelligence assessments painted a grimmer picture.

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Ex-Intelligence Analyst Is Sentenced for Leaking to a Reporter

The former U.S. contractor admitted to disclosing details of the government’s drone warfare program.

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‘Rogue’ U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says

An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.

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Attempt to Seize Washington Post Reporters’ Email Data Came Day Before Barr Left Office

Newly unsealed court files shed more light on a contentious leak investigation.

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Athan Theoharis, Chronicler of F.B.I. Abuses, Dies at 84

He found his way through the formerly unobtainable files of J. Edgar Hoover, whom he called “an insubordinate bureaucrat in charge of a lawless organization.”

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Seeking Answers on Covid, U.F.O.s and Illnesses, Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.

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Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton’s Book

President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.

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Ashes of Hideki Tojo, Japan’s Wartime Leader, Were Secretly Scattered at Sea

For more than 70 years, the location of the remains of the wartime Japanese prime minister had been a puzzle. Now, documents reveal that U.S. forces secretly scattered his ashes into the Pacific Ocean.

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Justice Dept. Will Toughen Rules for Seizing Lawmakers’ Data, Garland Says

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met with news media executives amid fallout over prosecutors’ seizures of records from phone and tech companies for leak inquiries.

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What Data About You Can the Government Get From Big Tech?

The revelations of a leak investigation started in the Trump administration are a reminder that Big Tech companies often hand over information about their users.

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Reality Winner, Who Leaked Government Secrets, Is Released From Prison

Out on good behavior, the former National Security Agency contractor was sent to a halfway house.

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Reality Winner Released From Prison

Ms. Winner’s more than five-year sentence was shortened because of good behavior, but the government will continue to restrict her public comments.

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Justice Dept. Official to Step Down Amid Uproar Over Leaks Inquiry

John Demers, a Trump appointee who remained in the department, would typically have been briefed on investigations like those involving the secret collection of journalists’ phone records.

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Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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In Leak Investigation, Tech Giants Are Caught Between Courts and Customers

Apple, under fire for turning over the data of two lawmakers to the Trump Justice Dept., said it did so unknowingly, while Google fought a request for New York Times data because it related to a corporate client.

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Was Daniel Ellsberg’s Leak of the Pentagon Papers Really Heroic?

The way we control secrets has been established by Congress and the executive branch, both accountable to the public and the courts. Daniel Ellsberg, accountable to no one, took it upon himself to steer the ship of state.

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The Pentagon Papers’ Lessons Went Unlearned

As a soldier in Vietnam, I already knew what the Pentagon Papers revealed. In the years since, America’s leaders have repeated the same mistakes.

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Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.

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What a Candid Pentagon Papers Memo Revealed About Washington

A White House correspondent examines a predecessor’s candid memo about how classified information is traded in the Beltway.

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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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CNN Lawyers Gagged in Fight With Justice Dept. Over Reporter’s Emails

The disclosure of the aggressive leak investigation tactic followed a similar revelation involving The New York Times.

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How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

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Times Requests Disclosure of Court Filings Seeking Reporters’ Email Data and Gag Order

Lawyers for the newspaper are asking how the Justice Department justified keeping the order secret since its leak inquiry was publicly known.

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U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs

The push began in the Trump administration and continued under President Biden, and the Justice Department obtained a gag order to keep it from public view.

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Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

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Trump Administration Secretly Seized Phone Records of Times Reporters

The admission by the Biden Justice Department followed similar recent disclosures to The Washington Post and CNN.

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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.

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White House Supports Ban on Phone Data Seizures of Reporters

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

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Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

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Do Whistle-Blowers Damage National Security?

Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Trump Justice Dept. Seized CNN Reporter’s Email and Phone Records

In a wide-ranging request, federal prosecutors obtained records for Barbara Starr’s email accounts and multiple phone lines, the network said.

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Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

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Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment

But the U.S. lacked “evidence that the Kremlin directed this operation,” newly declassified information about the Russian team showed.

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Biden Discloses Some of Trump’s Secret Drone Strike Rules

The release of the 2017 policy — with redactions — stemmed from open-records lawsuits by The Times and the A.C.L.U.

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F.B.I. Surveillance in Spying and Terrorism Cases Plummet

But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.

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Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets

A Guantánamo detainee is seeking information from two former government contractors in connection with a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

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China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

The annual intelligence assessment does not predict a military confrontation with either Russia or China, but it suggests that so-called gray-zone battles for power will intensify.

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Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted.

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The Intelligence on Russia Was Clear. It Was Not Always Presented That Way.

A newly declassified intelligence report made clear that government agencies long knew of Russia’s work to aid Donald Trump, but he and allies muddied the waters.

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

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Lifting Veil on Algeria War Trauma, France Eases Access to Archives

Historians say there are still impediments to their research on the Algerian War, which remains sensitive in France, and point to the resealing of tens of thousands of once-public documents last year.

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Crushing Dissent: The Saudi Kill Team Behind Khashoggi’s Death

An elite unit assigned to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have carried out dozens of operations, including forcibly repatriating Saudis.

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