Mark Hosenball

Stories by Mark Hosenball

  • Nine Years After 9/11, Intelligence Sharing Is Still Hobbled

    More than nine years after 9/11, America’s intelligence-sharing system continues to be impeded by legal and technical difficulties. As a result, important intelligence reports may be slow to reach those officials who could to take action on them. One such problem surfaced in Congress earlier this week: a glitch in the wording of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • How Serious Is the Alleged London Pope Plot?

    U.S. officials are downplaying the seriousness of a possible threat related to the visit to London by Pope Benedict XVI. News of the alleged threat surfaced on Friday when London's Metropolitan Police Service, a.k.a. Scotland Yard, issued a statement confirming that counterterrorism investigators had arrested five men early Friday morning "on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism."
  • FBI Sting Nabs 'Rogue' Nuclear Scientist

    An FBI sting operation has led to the arrest of an Argentine-born “rogue” U.S. nuclear scientist who once worked in the weapons division at Los Alamos, the New Mexico lab that designs and develops America’s atomic arsenal.
  • With No Qurans Burned, Anti-American Ire Recedes

    Scattered, violent anti-American protests in Islamic countries have been reported over the last few days, but U.S. government counterterrorism experts say the absence of any inflammatory televised images of Qurans being burned during recent 9/11 commemorations mean that such demonstrations should soon fizzle.
  • New York Cops Prepare to Handle Rival 9/11 Demos

    At least six separate groups are planning demonstrations Saturday for and against the proposed Islamic cultural center near the site of the 9/11 attacks, say law enforcers in New York City. Nevertheless, the New York Police Department and other agencies are well prepared, and authorities are not expecting major trouble.
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    FBI Keeping Watch on Quran-Burning Threat

    The FBI has begun to collect information relating to a plan by a radical Christian pastor in Florida to stage a public Quran burning on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this Saturday.
  • No Letup in Secret Drone War in Pakistan

    Three reported attacks with drone-borne missiles on Wednesday serve as a reminder that an intense secret U.S. air campaign is continuing against alleged terrorist targets in Pakistan's tribal regions.
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    Mystery Surrounding Death of U.K. Code Breaker Deepens

    A statement released by Scotland Yard on Monday and posted on the Web site of the London Metropolitan Police Service reveals more details about the peculiar death of Gareth Williams, a 31-year-old mathematics wizard who worked for Britain's electronic-eavesdropping agency, but sheds no light on possible causes.
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    The War Within WikiLeaks

    As frontman for wikileaks.org, Julian Assange, the floppy-haired Australian computer hacker, has become an internationally celebrated advocate for would-be whistle-blowers.
  • Rape Probe of WikiLeaks Chief Reopened

    A senior prosecutor in Sweden on Wednesday announced she is reopening an official investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, the Australian cofounder of the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks. She also said a parallel investigation into allegations of "molestation" by Assange will not only continue but also apparently be expanded.
  • Decision in WikiLeaks Sex Probe Might Come Wednesday

    A senior Swedish prosecutor is expected to announce Wednesday whether she believes there is sufficient evidence to continue to pursue a sex-related investigation of Julian Assange, the Australian frontman for the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks.
  • Questions Remain in Suspicious-Baggage Inquiry of Men Arrested in Holland

    U.S. authorities are still not sure what the bottom line is in an investigation that led to the detention in the Netherlands on Monday of two Yemeni men who were trying to fly from the U.S. to their homeland. American officials said evidence is accumulating that the men did not know each other before they were arrested by Dutch authorities.
  • N.Y. Anti-Mosque Leader Defends Group That Clashed With British Police

    A leader in the movement protesting plans to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan is defending the actions of a right-wing, anti-Muslim group that was involved in violent clashes with British riot police over the weekend.
  • Justice Department Indicts Contractor in Alleged Leak

    In the latest in a series of surprising prosecutions related to alleged sources for news reporters, the Justice Department late Friday announced a grand-jury indictment against Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, an employee of a government contractor, for allegedly leaking unspecified national defense secrets to an unidentified national news organization.
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    Is Russian Spy Anna Chapman Cashing In Already?

    As part of the spy-swap deal that let her leave the country, flame-haired Russian sleeper agent Anna Chapman agreed to what U.S. officials claimed was a strict condition: she could not profit from her story. There's disagreement now over whether she's sticking with the deal.
  • Shock and Horror: Spies Engage in Bribery

    Some U.S. national-security and intelligence officials are expressing exasperation at revelations—including front-page stories two days' running in the nation’s most important newspapers—alleging that the CIA has been secretly bribing numerous aides to Hamid Karzai, the embattled Afghan president.
  • Canadian Terror Suspects May Have Been Targeting Government Buildings

    Three suspects arrested by Canadian authorities this week on terrorism-related charges had been collecting materials and instructions for building homemade bombs and may have considered targeting Canadian government buildings, national-security officials say.
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    Is WikiLeaks Too Full of Itself?

    Have the activists behind WikiLeaks—and in particular the Web site's founder, Julian Assange—become intoxicated by their own myth? Two recent events involving the now internationally watched Assange and the Web site seem to indicate that this is the case.
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    Lawyer Maintains Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder

    A Swedish lawyer representing two women whose allegations triggered a sexual-misconduct investigation of Julian Assange has given Declassified the first on-the-record confirmation of the allegations that led to the issuance—and then rapid cancellation—of a warrant on a rape charge and to a parallel investigation into alleged “molestation.”
  • New Details Emerge in the Case Against WikiLeaks Founder

    London's Guardian, a newspaper known for its liberal politics and freedom-of-information campaigns, published in its Tuesday edition what appears to be the most extensive account to date of the events that led Swedish prosecutors to open investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct by WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange.
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    Swedish Prosecutor Says WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is Not Wanted

    In a bizarre sequence of events that echoed the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel, Swedish prosecutors on Saturday initially indicated that they were seeking to arrest WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange in connection with a rape and molestation investigation, but they later issued a statement that Assange was no longer wanted.
  • Obama Administration Wins One in Thailand

    A court in Thailand ruled that Victor Bout, an accused Russian arms trafficker nicknamed the “Merchant of Death," should be extradited to the U.S. within three months to face numerous charges related to his alleged arms-dealing career.
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    Clemens 'Insisted on' Hearing That Led to Indictment

    Retired pitching ace Roger Clemens might have avoided being indicted by the feds for obstructing and lying to Congress if he hadn't been so intent on telling his story at a public congressional hearing, NEWSWEEK has learned.
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    Pentagon Says WikiLeaks Is Fibbing

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's latest claims about attempts he has made to establish some kind of working relationship, or at least cordial contact, with U.S. defense authorities is false, say Pentagon officials.
  • Talk About Iran Attack Seems Very Overheated

    An article in The Atlantic reports that Iran may be nearing the "point of no return" in its pursuit of an atomic bomb. Therefore, there is a "better than 50 percent chance" Israel will launch an attack against Iranian nuclear sites by "next July." We are skeptical.
  • Less Than Meets The Eye to Latest WikiLeaks Threat

    There may be less than meets the eye in the latest threat from WikiLeaks to reveal a new cache of secret Pentagon documents. On Thursday, Julian Assange, the whistleblower Web site’s founder and principal front man, told a gathering in London he was preparing to release at least some of the 15,000 classified U.S. government reports related to the war in Afghanistan that were held back last month when he published roughly 76,000 similar documents.

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