CIA suspends access to bin Laden files after internet goes wild

November 3, 2017

It was fun while it lasted, but now the CIA has, at least temporarily, suspended access to the Osama bin Laden computer files they briefly made available for the first time on Wednesday. The files came from bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and while certain bits of information had been made public before, Wednesday’s release of nearly 470,000 files was massive, to say the least. It contained everything from text…


The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

October 11, 2017

The long read: In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences or even host their own fake ones The Iran were willing to spend. To show his sincerity and goodwill, the agent put his hand over his heart. Salam habibi, he said. Im from the CIA, and I want you to board a…


Unlearning the myth of American innocence

August 24, 2017

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would…


Palantir: the special ops tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

July 31, 2017

Peter Thiels CIA-backed, data-mining firm honed its crime predicting techniques against insurgents in Iraq. The same methods are now being sold to police departments. Will they inflame already tense relations between the public and the police? In Palantir, the CIA-backed startup, is Minority Report come true. It is all-powerful, yet no one knows it even exists. Palantir does not have an office, it has a SCIF on a back street…