July 31, 2016
The Secret War Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas By Max Hastings Harper. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow At first glance, Joseph Rochefort was about as unlikely as a war hero gets. A mediocre (at best) naval officer, he narrowly escaped court martial when a destroyer on which he was the duty officer dragged its anchor in San Francisco bay amid six destroyers. He was transferred to cryptoanalysis when fellow officers noted his penchant for crossword puzzles and bridge.
October 14, 2015 |
There is something deeply perverse about Manhattan , cable channel WGN's well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama that returns for its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Writer-producer Sam Shaw's series is an espionage thriller/domestic melodrama posing as historical epic. It's a fictionalized story of the scientists at Los Alamos, N.M., who developed the A-bomb during WWII. Manhattan is an overwrought, overripe piece of pulp fiction stuffed with overboiled intrigue.
September 18, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - On any weeknight five months ago, Xiaoxing Xi could have been working in a laboratory at Temple University, the mild-mannered professor mentoring the dozen graduate students who flocked to the campus last year to work alongside the world-renowned researcher. Wednesday, however, a soft-spoken Xi sat before an audience in Washington to speak about the last four months - a time he said has been defined by "tremendous" amounts of suffering as he fell under suspicion as an economic spy in a case that has since been withdrawn.
April 12, 2015 |
He has committed murder, betrayed men who counted him as a friend, even burned down his own house. There seems very little Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), wouldn't do to serve the Patriot cause. Played with great control, impressive nuance and wit by Bell, Abe is the hero of Turn: Washington's Spies, AMC's spy thriller about the American Revolution, which returns for its second season with a feature-length installment at 9 p.m. on Monday. Abe's greatest sin, however, is to embark on a career despised by all men of breeding as illegitimate, dishonorable and sleazy: espionage.
April 4, 2014 |
Just when you thought every kind of spy story had been told, here comes AMC's new espionage drama, Turn , which tells the story of the spies who played a key part in the birth of our nation. An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution, the series premieres at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Based on historian Alexander Rose's 2006 book, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy , the drama chronicles the key role a group of covert agents on Long Island called the Culper Ring played in helping George Washington formulate his strategy against the British.
January 24, 2014
Given recent revelations of wholesale surveillance at odds with the Constitution and even the broad latitude granted to authorities after 9/11, President Obama's newly proposed espionage reforms are remarkably grudging. Obama's speech on the subject last week reaffirmed the suspicion that if there is going to be leadership on reining in our rampant surveillance state, it's not likely to come from him. Obama did offer a few significant concessions to Americans' justified alarm at some of the National Security Agency programs revealed by rogue contractor Edward Snowden, particularly in proposing changes to the agency's mass collection of telephone data.
July 28, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities escalated their battle against ousted leader Mohammed Morsi and his supporters Friday, launching an investigation into espionage and murder allegations against him as millions took to the streets in rival demonstrations across the country. The allegations marked the state's first legal steps against Morsi, who has been held incommunicado since he was deposed as president earlier this month in a military coup. The steps were taken as the military supervised mass rallies in Cairo that it had called to back its "mandate" to confront violence and "terrorism" - terms that Morsi's supporters and rights groups interpreted as signaling an imminent crackdown.
June 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials. Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said. The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden's former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered and a district with a long track record of prosecuting cases with national security implications.
June 8, 2013 |
The actress and writer Brit Marling, virtually unknown only a few years ago, has now starred in three modest but memorable indies: Another Earth , an eerie sci-fi tale; Sound of My Voice , an eerie suspenser about a cult and its enigmatic leader; and now The East , a taut espionage drama that pits global corporations against a radical band of ecoterrorists. It's more than a little eerie, too. In The East , Marling - piercing, perceptive, charismatic in an un-movie-star-like way - is Sarah Moss, an ex-FBI agent who lives with her boyfriend (Jason Ritter)
April 3, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - When three vials of a possible cancer-fighting compound disappeared recently from a professor's desk at the Medical College of Wisconsin, suspicion quickly fell on a research assistant who had been working in the scientist's lab. Security video showed Hua Jun Zhao, who studied in China and whose wife lives there, was the only person who entered the professor's office that day. Investigators later found research results from another fellow...