Articles by Walter Pincus



Leak Probe Zeroes In on Cheney's Office

  • 19 October 05
  • The Washington Post
As the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name hurtles to an apparent conclusion, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has zeroed in on the role of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's office, according to lawyers familiar with the case and government officials.

Bin Laden Memo Declassified

  • 12 April 04
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush was warned a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that the FBI had information that terrorists might be preparing for a hijacking in the United States and might be targeting a building in Lower Manhattan.

WMD Claims Split Coalition's Spooks

  • 02 October 03
  • The Washington Post
In the buildup to the Iraq war last fall, the intelligence agencies of Britain and the United States raised questions about each other's most dramatic claims concerning Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, according to newly released British documents and recent interviews with U.S. congressional and administration officials.

Strategic Sub Patrols Resume After Year Off

  • 09 July 03
  • The Washington Post
Russia has resumed strategic missile submarine patrols after last year failing to send a single such sub out of port for the first time in more than 35 years, according to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence.

U.S. and Russia Urged to Ease Nuclear Alerts

  • 23 May 03
  • The Washington Post
The United States and Russia could take thousands of strategic nuclear warheads off hair-trigger alert by introducing an early warning system of sensors that monitor each other's land-based intercontinental missiles

Intelligence: Al-Qaida Crippled

  • 07 May 03
  • The Washington Post
The failure of al-Qaida to launch terrorist attacks against the United States or its allies during the war in Iraq has bolstered a growing belief among U.S. intelligence agencies that 19 months of worldwide counterterrorism operations and arrests have nearly crippled the organization.

Perle Steps Down Over Business Dealings

  • 31 March 03
  • The Washington Post
Richard Perle, a key adviser to Bush's national security team who recently has been dogged by conflict-of-interest allegations, resigned last week as chairman of an influential Pentagon advisory board.

U.S. H-Bomb Heads for Graveyard

  • 09 August 02
  • The Washington Post
The United States will soon begin to dismantle the 35 remaining B-53s, the most powerful thermonuclear bombs it ever built.

CIA Defector Said to Have Died

  • 22 July 02
  • The Washington Post
Edward Lee Howard, the former CIA case officer who escaped to Moscow in September 1985 after coming under suspicion as a spy for the Soviet Union, died there July 12, according to a family friend.

Arms Pact Small in Size but Big in Deed

  • 15 May 02
  • The Washington Post
The nuclear weapons treaty Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin will sign next week in Moscow is a thin document, barely three pages long, that will say less in words than it means in deed.

Commission Assails FBI Security

  • 08 April 02
  • The Washington Post
The FBI's ""pervasive inattention to security,"" including a failure to monitor the computer use and personal finances of its agents, enabled Robert Hanssen to pass secrets to Moscow for more than 20 years, according to a special commission's sharply worded report released late last week.

Moscow Alerted U.S. About Hanssen

  • 05 April 02
  • The Washington Post
Nine years before Robert Hanssen was arrested for espionage, Russia lodged a formal complaint with U.S. officials that an FBI agent tried to sell secrets to a Russian intelligence officer, according to a highly critical new report on the case.

Arms Cut Deals Sought For Bush Visit to Moscow

  • 18 January 02
  • The Washington Post
U.S. and Russian defense officials said Wednesday after two days of meetings that they will work toward reaching agreements on nuclear arms reductions in time for President George W. Bush's visit to Moscow, now planned for May or June.

Frustrated FBI Mulls Torture for Information

  • 23 October 01
  • The Washington Post
FBI and U.S. Justice Department investigators are increasingly frustrated by the silence of jailed suspected associates of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

Counting Strategic Warheads

  • 19 June 01
  • The Washington Post
WASHINGTON Ч If efforts by the United States to build missile defenses lead Russia to stop reducing its long-range missiles, Moscow could end up in 2010 with 3,500 strategic warheads, three times the number now projected for the end of the decade, according to the directors of a new study of Russian nuclear weapons. The ""Nuclear Status Report on the Former Soviet Union,"" released Monday, is a nearly 200-page compendium of data on Russia's nuclear arsenal and the state of security at dozens of former Soviet nuclear plants. It was compiled by researchers at two think tanks, the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. If current trends continue and U.S.-Russian relations remain stable, they project that Russia's long-range missile and bomber forces will shrink dramatically, from nearly 6,000 warheads today to 1,086 to 1,546 warheads by the end of the decade.

Hanssen Case May Be Linked to UN Defector

  • 21 March 01
  • The Washington Post
WASHINGTON Ч He lived in a modest apartment at a Russian complex in the Bronx and was virtually invisible at the United Nations, where he served as first secretary in Russia's mission to the United Nations. But Sergei Tretyakov's real career as a spy with diplomatic cover has become the subject of international speculation since veteran FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested last month and charged with selling secrets to Moscow. Tretyakov defected to the United States in October, around the time that FBI investigators obtained the contents of a KGB case file that quickly led them to finger Hanssen as a mole. The timing has prompted media reports in the United States, Russia, Britain and Canada that Tretyakov may have been the source of the Hanssen file. When FBI Director Louis Freeh announced Hanssen's arrest on Feb. 9, he was asked about Tretyakov and tersely denied any connection.

Counterintelligence Overhaul Planned

  • 26 February 01
  • The Washington Post
WASHINGTON Ч In the wake of the Robert Philip Hanssen spy case, the Bush administration intends to swiftly carry out recommendations left by President Bill Clinton for a government-wide reorganization of counterintelligence efforts, senior U.S. officials said Friday. The new administration has yet to act on one of the central recommendations, the appointment of a tsar to oversee counterintelligence spending by all federal agencies and to identify the most important technologies, weaponry and other national assets that must be protected from foreign spies. Both FBI Director Louis Freeh and CIA Director George Tenet have strongly endorsed David Szady, a counterintelligence expert now in charge of the FBI's field office in Portland, Oregon, to fill the post. Although some defense and intelligence officials have argued that the ""national counterintelligence executive'' should be someone with the stature of a former member of Congress or agency head, an official in George W.

U.S. Pays $1Bln Bill For Nuclear Safeguards

Ivanov Proposes Joint Missile Defense

U.S. Plans To Renovate 6,000 Aging Warheads

U.S. Pulls Nuclear Funding

U.S.-Russia Cooperate to Rein In Spymasters

For 20 Years, CIA-KGB Talked Via Back Channels

U.S. Report Says Russia's Nuclear Stores Need Cash

U.S. Reports on Decay of Russia's Army

Subcritical Tests Could Develop New Weapons

U.S. Navy Chief Pushes Unilateral Cuts in Sub Forces

The Reverse Arms Race

U.S. to Aid Scientists Losing Military Jobs

Russia May Increase Nuclear Reliance