The Spy's Kid

The son of Jim Nicholson, a former CIA agent convicted of espionage, follows in his father’s footsteps.

  1. Part 1: Nathan Nicholson follows his father into the spy game.

  2. Part 2: The son begins passing notes from his dad to eager Russian operatives.

  3. Part 3: Nathan jets to exotic locales to collect envelopes stuffed with money.

  4. Part 4: FBI agents are waiting on Nathan Nicholson’s doorstep.

  5. Part 5: Nathan must decide whether to betray his spymaster father.

  6. Part 6: Father and son see each other for the first time in more than a year — inside a courtroom.

  7. Profile: Twice a turncoat, Jim Nicholson sold U.S. secrets to the Russians, then used his son as a courier.

The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia

Drones, renditions, and underground prisons; inside the war on terror’s African front.

In the eighteen years since the infamous “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu, US policy on Somalia has been marked by neglect, miscalculation and failed attempts to use warlords to build indigenous counterterrorism capacity, many of which have backfired dramatically. At times, largely because of abuses committed by Somali militias the CIA has supported, US policy has strengthened the hand of the very groups it purports to oppose and inadvertently aided the rise of militant groups, including the Shabab.

Spy Games

On January 27th in Lahore, an American named Raymond A. Davis stopped his Honda Civic and shot two Pakistani men, then made a failed attempt to flee. Beyond those basic facts, little is agreed upon, and the murders have ignited a diplomatic crisis, which only intensified with the revelation that Davis was a CIA subcontractor.