Russian Spies Reportedly Targeted Clinton Supporter

The Obama administration says that even though a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser close to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allegedly was targeted for cultivation by a Russian spy ring, there is no evidence that Clinton herself was a target of the spies.

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?

Russian Spy Case: Part John le Carré, Part Austin Powers

Echoing the more frigid years of the Cold War, Washington said Monday it had busted up a network of Russian spies who posed as ordinary Americans, prompting angry denials from Moscow. Among the clever code names used by the alleged espionage ring: Farmer, Cat, and Parrot.

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?

Pentagon Spies Build New Database on Foreign and Domestic Threats

The Pentagon's main spy outfit, the Defense Intelligence Agency, is building a new database which will consolidate in one system "human intelligence" information on groups and individuals – potentially including Americans -- collected by DIA operatives in United States and abroad.

Investigators Assessing Damage From Alleged WikiLeaks Document Dump

Officials say they're baffled by a claim in The Guardian that the U.S. government is trying to contact the head of whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks, hoping to persuade him not to release secret U.S. documents that could threaten national security. Nevertheless, the government does seem concerned about that risk.

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.

Bracing for an Israeli-Iranian Faceoff in the Waters off Gaza

U.S and European officials seem surprisingly relaxed about news that Iran is sending its own seaborne challenge to Israel's Gaza blockade. The officials say they see no cause to doubt Iranian media reports that the first ship in what could become a small flotilla will sail from Iran this week, if it hasn't embarked already.

Has the War on Terror Turned Counterproductive?

President Obama and his advisers face a dilemma in their war on terror: how do you aggressively fight terrorism at home and abroad without exacerbating the very conditions that fuel the jihadist cause? This problem is particularly acute at a time when many new jihadists are "self-recruiting."

Obama Tries to Ease Opposition to Intel Nominee

In an apparent effort to build support among powerful senators for the nomination of James Clapper as new national intelligence director, the White House has sent a letter to Capitol Hill confirming its support for an intelligence bill that had been stalled in Congress for months.

New Chief Lawyer for Ultrasecret NSA

Declassified has learned that the Obama administration has now asked a career Justice Department lawyer, Matthew Olsen, to become the NSA's new general counsel, filling a position open since October.

Will Clapper Nomination Reopen the Saddam WMD Controversy?

President Obama's nomination of Pentagon intelligence chief James Clapper as intelligence czar could reignite the Bush-era debate over how and why U.S. agencies overstated Saddam Hussein's weapons-of-mass-destruction arsenal before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Intel-Czar Nominee Faces Tough Congressional Battle

President Obama has named Pentagon intel chief James Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, as the new director of national intelligence. However, Clapper's nomination faces potentially serious political problems on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Officials Defend Drone Attacks Against U.N. Criticism

U.S. officials are citing Pakistani officials' acquiescence, if not support, for drone-borne missile strikes on suspected terrorist targets as part of the Obama administration's defense against a United Nations human-rights monitor's warning about possible legal problems with such "targeted killings."

Canada Hands Over Terror Suspect

A man suspected by U.S. authorities of terrorist ties, who was taken off an airplane in Canada on Sunday, has been handed over to the United States, according to U.S. and Canadian officials.

Montreal Incident Points Up Continuing Gaps in 'No Fly' Rules

The case of an Aeroméxico flight denied access to U.S. airspace after a passenger's name was found on the U.S. "no fly" list highlights continuing gaps in the U.S. government's no-fly system, which is supposed to prevent people on the list from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Al Qaeda No. 3 Reportedly Killed in Missile Attack

U.S. authorities are expressing confidence that Al Qaeda's de facto third-ranking leader was killed in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's tribal region within the last two weeks. If true, the killing of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid would be a major blow to the terrorist organization, according to one U.S. official.

The Death of Al Qaeda's No. 3: What Does It Mean?

U.S. national security officials predict that the presumed death of Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, the purported third-ranking leader of al Qaeda's central command, will contribute to what the U.S. already believes is a significant deterioration in the ability terror network to conduct effective terrorist attacks both in South Asia and against targets overseas.