Tag: cia

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Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing

Stolen time with the writer as he neared the end.

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Missing American in Iran Was on Unapproved Mission

What the CIA really knew about Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in 2007.

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State of Deception

Why Obama won’t rein in the NSA.

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In Virginia's Fairfax County, Robbing Banks for the CIA

A captured bank robber makes a remarkable claim.

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Why Doctors Can't Give You LSD (But Maybe They Should)

On the renaissance in psychedelic research.

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A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood

The origin story of the C.I.A.’s covert drone war, which began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal for access to Pakistani airspace.

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The Great Escape

How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.

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CIA Operatives, Barrels of Whiskey, and a Biker Named Thor

The story of Thor Holm Hansen—”Norwegian country singer, a former Outlaws motorcycle chieftain, and an ‘ambassador at large’ to a rebel Haitian government”—who claims to be back in Florida to locate his missing daughter.

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James Bond and the Killer Bag Lady

In November 1985, a woman who appeared to be a homeless drifter staked out the offices of 80-year-old banker Nicholas Deak, waited until he returned from lunch, then executed Deak and his secretary. As police wrestled her to the floor, she said “Don’t hurt me. He told me I could carry the gun.”

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Former C.I.A. Officer Is the First to Face Prison for a Classified Leak

How John Kiriakou, a public opponent of US torture policy, became the first CIA officer convicted of leaking classified information to the press.

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The Doctor, the CIA, and the Blood of Bin Laden

The disappearance of the mysterious “Pakistani asset” that helped the CIA zero in on Bin Laden.