Scott Shane

5 articles

No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.

Inside the N.S.A.’s mission to spy on just about everyone.


How a U.S. Citizen Came to Be in America’s Cross Hairs

On the legal and practical details of the drone strikes that killed New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki and later, accidentally, his sixteen-year-old Colorado-born son.


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.


Brutal Haqqani Clan Bedevils U.S. in Afghanistan

The Haqqani family, an organized crime militia dubbed the “Sopranos of the Afghanistan war,” will almost surely outlast the U.S. occupation and thus seize tremendous power after the U.S. exits.


Leaked Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy

The latest WikiLeaks unveiling has exposed more than 250,000 sensitive messages from American diplomats. Among the revelations: the plan for a unified Korea, the Chinese government’s hacking strategy, and negotiations with countries for housing Gitmo detainees.