October 20, 2012 |
1 The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews From the Nazis , by Gordon Thomas (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $27.99). Pius XII, the pope during World War II, supposedly did little as Europe's Jews were exterminated wholesale. But in "The Pope's Jews," Gordon Thomas sets out to debunk that notion. Rather than stand idly by, he argues, Pius XII oversaw a covert network of priests, nuns and Roman citizens who forged documents and smuggled Jewish refugees safely to Switzerland, the United States and Palestine while Vatican infirmaries became...
September 21, 2012 |
Iran recently has mounted a series of disruptive computer attacks against major U.S. banks and other companies in apparent retaliation for Western economic sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear program, according to U.S. intelligence and other officials. In particular, assaults this week on the Web sites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America probably were carried out by Iran, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Friday.
June 13, 2012 |
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project. At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat...
June 12, 2012 |
A group of Senate Republicans introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to appoint a special counsel to investigate the leaks to reporters of classified national security information about U.S. military and intelligence operations. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), came on the heels of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which several GOP lawmakers argued that the two U.S. attorneys appointed by Holder to investigate the...
June 1, 2012 |
HONG KONG — A Chinese state security official has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, sources said, a case both countries have kept quiet for several months as they strive to prevent a fresh crisis in relations. The official, an aide to a vice minister in China's Ministry of State Security, was detained early this year on allegations that he had passed information to the United States for several years on China's overseas espionage activities, said three sources, who have direct...
May 31, 2012 |
Espionage is a dangerous business often seen only through a Hollywood lens. Yet the real-world operations, and lives, that inspire such thrillers are highly perishable. They depend on hundreds of hours of painstaking work and the ability to get foreigners to trust our government. Sitting in a prison cell in Pakistan is one of those foreigners who trusted us. Shakil Afridi served as a key informant to the United States in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. This brave physician put his life on the line to assist U.S....