The Longform Guide to the CIA
Operations gone wrong, how the media covered for spies, and the story that became Argo — a collection of our favorite articles about the CIA.
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.
The CIA and the Media
Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, media outlets including the New York Times and CBS News provided the CIA with information and cover for agents. Then everyone decided to pretend it had never happened.
Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy
Erik Prince, the boyish CEO of America’s largest and most controversial mercenary force, Blackwater, also happened to be a CIA agent.
The Yankee Comandante
The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary, possible spy.
Black Ops and Blood Money
When a CIA operation in Pakistan went bad, leaving three men dead, the episode offered a rare glimpse inside a shadowy world of espionage. It also jeopardized America’s most critical outpost in the war against terrorism.
The CIA and the Intellectuals
On the CIA’s early operations.
The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue
A spy takes on his own agency.
Top Secret America
A three-part series on the U.S. intelligence system post-9/11.