Mark Hosenball

Russian Spy Case: Why Now, and What It's About

The FBI investigation has been going on for years—maybe as long as a decade, according to law-enforcement officials. So why did federal agents move now to take down 10 alleged deep-cover U.S.-based spies for Russia's foreign-intelligence service, only a few days after Russian President Dimitri Medvedev's U.S. visit, during which he and President Obama proclaimed a new era of warm relations between their countries?

New Iran Nuke NIE Still Not Ready

In an ABC News interview Sunday, CIA Director Leon Panetta alluded to a fact that was reported by NEWSWEEK months ago: U.S. intelligence agencies have revised their widely disputed 2007 conclusion that Iran had given up its efforts to design or build a nuclear bomb.

Blowing the Whistle on WikiLeaks

One of America's most respected campaigners against excessive government secrecy has launched a broadside against the Web site WikiLeaks, suggesting that the enterprise is self-indulgent, irresponsibly invades the privacy of groups that are not involved in public policy, and on occasion has engaged in behavior that is "overtly unethical."

U.S. Appears Uninterested in Repatriating Five American Muslims

Officials say the Obama administration has little interest in easing the plight of five American Muslims jailed by Pakistani authorities for 10 years on terror-related charges. But the head of a prominent Islamic group suggests the administration was using a double standard, noting that an American arrested in Pakistan while attemtping to kill Osama bin Laden was released and sent home days after his arrest.

Pelosi's Deadlock Holds Up Intel Czar Nomination

The House speaker is blocking a floor vote on an intelligence-reform bill that she says doesn't go far enough to strengthen congressional oversight of sensitive spy operations. But congressional sources say that unless Pelosi allows the legislation to move forward, key senators are likely to stall confirmation hearings for James Clapper, the Obama administration's nominee to be director of national intelligence.

Mystery Man Arrested in Poland May Have Aided Alleged Mossad Hit Team

European investigators believe a man arrested by Polish authorities earlier this month may be a key fixer in Europe for Israel's Mossad spy agency. Although the suspect was using an Israeli passport in the name of Uri Brodsky when arrested June 4 at Warsaw airport, an official familiar with the inquiry said investigators believe the man's true identity remains a mystery.

Mysteries Persist Despite Shahzad's Times Square Guilty Plea

Although he spent more than half an hour laying out his story before a federal court in New York on Monday as he said he was pleading guilty to his failed attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad left some important questions unanswered. How did he hook up with the Pakistani Taliban? Who imbued him with such a burning hatred of America?

American Allegedly Involved in Hizbullah Smuggling Plot Arrested . . . in Paraguay

For years, counterterrorism officials have expressed concern that a lawless corner of Paraguay, known as the Tri-Border Area, was becoming a haven for Islamic terrorist groups. New evidence of a possible terrorist presence there emerged this week, when authorities arrested a defendant in a major U.S. prosecution of alleged Hizbullah supporters.

The U.S. and Europe to Announce Tighter Sanctions on Iran

The U.S. and Europe are expected this week to step up economic sanctions on Iran over its alleged continuing defiance of United Nations efforts to curb its nuclear ambitions. Last week, the United Nations Security Council voted to step up sanctions on Iran, claiming that it had defied earlier U.N. measures intended to ensure that Tehran's nuclear program cannot be used to develop weapons.