Tami Abdollah and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Updated 7:21 am CDT, Saturday, July 6, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, the house of Harold Thomas Martin III is seeing in Glen Burnie, Md. A high-profile raid at the home of an NSA contractor seemed to be linked to the devastating leak of U.S. government hacking tools. Three years later, the case is being resolved but whoever was behind the leak of the hacking tools remains a mystery with significant national security implications. less FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, the house of Harold Thomas Martin III is seeing in Glen Burnie, Md. A high-profile raid at the home of an NSA contractor seemed to be linked to the devastating leak of ... more Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption … [Read more...] about Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case winds up
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In the case of the globetrotting American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, there is only one degree of separation between him and almost every significant figure in American foreign policy in living memory. His surrogate father in high school was Dean Rusk, JFK’s Secretary of State. He played tennis with General Maxwell Taylor, JFK’s top military adviser, as well with Bobby Kennedy. He had lunch with George Kennan, perhaps the most towering figure of postwar American foreign policy, the day his second son was born. He himself wrote one of the Pentagon Papers--yes, those Pentagon papers--commissioned by Robert McNamara. And years later, he ghostwrote the memoirs of Clark Clifford, counselor to presidents from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson. Holbrooke was even a member of Averell Harriman’s Vietnam peace delegation in Paris as a young Foreign Service officer. That friendship lasted decades and evolved into a special relationship with Pamela Harriman, through whom he … [Read more...] about The In-Your-Face Diplomat
In his 37 years as a Navy SEAL, Admiral William H. McRaven (retired) would command countless missions, including the raid on the Pakistan compound of Osama bin Laden. His qualities as a warrior were matched by his gifts as a storyteller when his 2014 commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin – about personal responsibility and what it takes to make a difference in the world – became a viral sensation, and led to the bestseller, "Making a Bed." In his new memoir, "Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations" (Grand Central), Admiral McRaven writes of the inspiration he found in his parents' generation – the survivors of World War I and the Depression who would fight in World War II and the Korean War – and how their gifts would move him to write "laughter‑filled, self‑deprecating, unforgettable, sometimes unbelievable stories of life." Read an excerpt from "Sea Stories" below – and don't miss correspondent David Martin's … [Read more...] about Book excerpt: “Sea Stories” by Admiral William H. McRaven
At around 11:30 am on July 1, 2014, a scientist from the Food and Drug Administration went inside Room 3C16, a cold-storage area at the National Institutes of Health Labs in Bethesda, Maryland. The FDA had been using the space since the early 1990s to store samples for biological research but had been cleaning it out in preparation for a move to a nearby campus in Silver Spring. The scientist who entered saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner of the storage space and pried one open to see what it contained. Inside, dozens of long vials were packed in rolls of white cotton and sealed with melted glass; many of the labels were worn to the point of illegibility. The scientist noticed one vessel that held some loose, freeze-dried material. Its label bore a single decipherable word: “variola,” another word for smallpox—a disease that the 19th-century British historian Thomas Babington Macaulay deemed “the most terrible of all the … [Read more...] about Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All
Imagine a loved one brutally murdered in a foreign country -- allegedly by another American. Correspondent Peter Van Sant and his team have investigated the disturbing 1988 murder of Carolyn Abel, an American teacher in South Korea, and the loophole in U.S. laws at the time that mean the suspected killer may never face trial. A MYSTERY BEGINS For writer and author Nancy Bercaw, flying to South Korea last winter reopened a painful chapter in her life: one of murder, loss and fear. Nancy Bercaw: Not only were we devastated about the loss of Carolyn … We of course wondered, "Who's next?" Peter Van Sant: Back in Seoul. Where should be our first stop? Nancy Bercaw: Well, I think we should go to the school, to ELS, where we all taught. ELS is the English Language School, where Bercaw met fellow teacher Carolyn Abel back in 1988. Nancy Bercaw: This is the school. …And the world was never the same for any of us who were in that building together on December 20th. The events … [Read more...] about Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?