Over Exposures

Republicans Are Trying to Pull America Out of Another Global Treaty

Experts say depriving Air Force funding for four-engine OC-135 surveillance planes is part of a GOP effort to force the US to withdraw from Open Skies, a 1992 arms-verification treaty.
David Axe
gina haspel

New CIA Director Gina Haspel Oversaw Torture at a Black Site Then Lost Evidence of It

As "chief of base" of a CIA Black Site in Thailand, Haspel oversaw the torture and waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, who still hasn't been charged with a crime.
Matthew Gault
The Birds

Ravens Are So Smart, One Hacked This Researcher's Experiment

Researchers had to remove the bird because they were worried it’d teach the others.
Jacob Dubé
Seeing Is Believing

That Time the CIA Investigated a Magician to See if Magic Was Real

A video with illusionist Uri Geller spawned dozens of pages of follow-up reports in the CIA about whether magic was real, and if so, how to harness it for espionage.
Michael Best
Loose Chirps Sink Fleets

The NSA's 'Twitter For Spies' Has Over 60,000 Users

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals just how popular the NSA's social network for spies called eChirp really is.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
humans of the year

Faye Cuevas Is Protecting Elephants Using Counterterrorism Techniques

Approaching the problem from a military standpoint made sense for Cuevas.
Kaleigh Rogers

How the US Air Force’s Biggest Drones Help Set Up Attacks on ISIS

High above Iraq and Syria, Global Hawks are undoubtedly taking images of potential Islamic State targets and snatching up radio chatter.
Joseph Trevithick

Trump’s CIA Director Pick Thinks Using Encryption ‘May Itself Be A Red Flag’

He also has almost no experience in the world of intelligence.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The US Air Force’s Biggest Spy Planes Are Hunting ISIS Fighters

Sporting more than a dozens antennas, the jet’s main job is to orbit above or near the battlefield and scoop up enemy communications chatter.
Joseph Trevithick

FBI Arrests NSA Contractor on Suspicion of Leaking Hacking Tools

This comes after 'The Shadow Brokers' dumped a cache of NSA tools online.
Joseph Cox

This Is What the World's Spies Used Instead of MSN Messenger

InfoWorkSpace was pretty advanced for 2003, but damn is it painful to look at today.
Joseph Cox

Scientists Think Intelligent Life Could Have Evolved Before Brains

Maybe our big ol’ brains aren’t so special after all.
Sarah Emerson