The CIA rarely seeks publicity, but has opened up a bit as it marks its anniversary. Director William Burns told the inaugural podcast that he wanted to "demystify" some of the agency's work.
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As the CIA's marks its 75th anniversary, Russia's war in Ukraine is giving the spy agency a new direction after dark periods during the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Getting To Know The President is written by an ex-CIA officer, published by the spy agency's research wing and freely available on the CIA's website.
William Burns gives his first sit-down interview since assuming the post as CIA head. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks him about his priorities as well as the origins of Havana Syndrome and COVID-19.
The CIA and the military depend on each other in war zones like Afghanistan. Now that U.S. forces have pulled out almost entirely, the spy agency will have a harder time keeping tabs on the Taliban.
Officials say Jerry Chun Shing Lee received more than $840,000 from Chinese officials in exchange for U.S. secrets. His Chinese handlers said they would "take care of him for life."
After the 2001 al-Qaida attacks, the CIA ramped up counterterrorism operations. This included a surge in young, female recruits. Three have written new books about their secretive work.
Kim Jong Nam, who was attacked with a deadly nerve agent in a Malaysian airport in 2017, was in the country to meet with his CIA handler, according to The Wall Street Journal and a new book.
When CIA officers walk out of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, they're shadowed by Russian security. A new book examines how they have operated with this round-the-clock surveillance.