| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:17 PM
CIA spying on the Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances.
President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn’t been...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Whether he knew about it long ago or not, CIA Director John O. Brennan doesn’t come off looking good now that an internal report has found that his agency had done the very thing that he has been insisting all along it could not possibly have done:...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:55 PM
A long-awaited Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation of prisoners during the Bush administration will wait a while longer. The Senate and the White House can't agree on what to release to the public.
Last week, after months of review, the White...
| Aug 7, 2014
A diplomat was once defined as someone whose job is to lie for his country. That's apparently what makes diplomats different from intelligence officers, whose function is to lie to their country.
How else can you explain why CIA Director John Brennan...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:32 PM
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is too young to spend his life dodging extradition in remote foreign locales, Germany's justice minister said Tuesday in advising the fugitive to return to the United States and face the charges against him.
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:15 PM
Commenting on the execution of a French nobleman by Napoleon, the French diplomat Talleyrand supposedly observed: "It was worse than a crime — it was a blunder." That consummate expression of realpolitik certainly applies to the alleged U.S....
| Jul 15, 2014
| 7:36 PM
Arthur J. Walker, a conspirator in one of the biggest U.S. spy cases since World War II, was a surprisingly trusting soul.
When FBI agents wanted to talk to him in 1985 after arresting his brother John on suspicion of espionage, Walker voluntarily...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
I arrived in Berlin last week hoping to see something rare: a country that's prosperous, well-governed and even happy, if only because it was just crowned champion of soccer's World Cup.
Germany is all those things, and Germans know they are doing well....
| Jul 9, 2014
| 7:41 PM
The National Security Agency and the FBI allegedly tracked email accounts of five Muslim American leaders between 2006 and 2008, according to an NSA spreadsheet of email addresses disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The spreadsheet, which...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Germany demanded the departure from the country of the top spy at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on Thursday, dramatizing its deepening unhappiness with reports of U.S. intelligence operations targeting its officials.
Following accusations of two cases of...
| May 2, 2014
| 5:39 PM
Ruling out a "no-spy agreement" with any country, President Obama acknowledged Friday that the United States had not reached a deal with Germany to limit U.S. surveillance on its territory.
The U.S. and Germany have been negotiating over mutual rules...