| Jan 29, 2014
| 4:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Insiders like Edward Snowden who leak secrets about sensitive U.S. intelligence programs pose a potentially greater danger to national security than terrorists, America's spy chiefs warned Wednesday in their annual report to Congress on...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:58 PM
The saga of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, has been headline news across the world. Find proof in the recent conviction of Army Private Bradley Manning for divulging thousands of classified documents to the website. The drama continues to play...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 1:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said Thursday that Edward Snowden's disclosures of secret surveillance programs at home and abroad have generated a useful public debate on the trade-offs between privacy and national...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:56 PM
When I teach journalism classes, I like to shock the students by telling them that journalists aren’t professionals in the sense that doctors, lawyers, accountants or even beauticians are.
You don’t need a license or a degree to work as a...
| Sep 23, 2013
The notion that society benefits when journalists are able to promise confidentiality to news sources isn't a radical idea. The vast majority of states provide some protection for reporters from having to identify sources who request anonymity, and long-...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- There is no reverse gear on the machine of governmental power. If power exists, it will be seized and exploited. To do what? That will be revealed in the course of this power's employment. Its potential uses will automatically be discovered by...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- Global domination is a relatively recent ambition of nations. Wars of religion and ideology existed in Europe, notably the wars of religion, which ended with the Treaties of Westphalia and established the system of state sovereignty, and the...
| Nov 13, 2013
When director Alex Gibney was making an uplifting movie about Lance Armstrong’s 2009 comeback—before the confirmation of rumors about the champion cyclist’s doping and before Gibney remade the film into “The Armstrong Lie,”...
| Oct 17, 2013
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You could fault arrogant, deceitful, unethical Julian Assange for a lot, but you can't blame him for resenting “The Fifth Estate.” Based on a book co-written by Assange’s former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, this...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:30 PM
If sports stories often fascinate for the ways in which they form distilled metaphors for human existence -- the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and everything in between -- the saga of Lance Armstrong is particularly intriguing as an examination...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The line between fiction and reality keeps getting blurrier.
So it's little surprise that there are twice as many reality-based films currently vying for awards attention as last year, when one of those, "Argo," took home the best picture Oscar.