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Risen, James. "News Analysis: In Espionage Game, Get Caught, Lose Players." New York Times, 23 Mar. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"President Bush's decision to expel four Russian diplomats immediately, and demand that the Russians withdraw 46 more by July 1 [2001], is the largest such action since 1986 and far more aggressive than any similar move taken by the United States since the collapse of the Soviet Union.... But the actions follow the general rule that both the United States and the Soviet Union, and now Russia, have always accepted: when one side gets caught running a spy on the other's turf, some intelligence officers serving under cover as diplomats have to go home."


Risen, James. "News Analysis: Intelligence Fallouts for Bush." New York Times, 27 Apr. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

President George W. Bush has now seen that U.S. "intelligence operations can lead to some of the most delicate foreign policy crises that an American leader can confront. Two significant flare-ups early in his term -- the collision of an American spy plane and a Chinese fighter, and the mistaken downing of a plane carrying a missionary family over Peru during an anti-narcotics operation -- involved elements of American intelligence."


Risen, James. "Nuclear Lab Should Punish 3 Colleagues, Official Says." New York Times, 13 Aug. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has recommended disciplinary action against" Siegfried Hecker, director of Los Alamos from 1986 to 1997, Terry Craig, until recently a counterintelligence team leader at the lab, and Robert Vrooman, former chief of counterintelligence, "for failing to handle properly the espionage investigation" into allegations that China may have stolen nuclear secrets from the lab, officials stated on 12 August 1999. See also, Vernon Loeb, "Richardson Recommends Discipline for 3 in Los Alamos Case," Washington Post, 13 Aug. 1999, A9.


Risen, James. "Official Who Led Inquiry Into China's Reputed Theft of Nuclear Secrets Quits." New York Times, 24 Aug. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Notra Trulock, the DOE official who led the initial inquiry into China's suspected theft of U.S. nuclear secrets, resigned on 23 August 1999, "saying he was protesting roadblocks to his pursuit of the case by Clinton Administration policy makers and other Government officials." See also, Vernon Loeb and Walter Pincus, "Espionage Whistleblower Resigns: Energy's Trulock Cites Lack of Support as Debate About His Tactics Grows," Washington Post, 24 Aug. 1999, A1.


Risen, James. "Panel to Review Readiness of Agencies Before Attacks." New York Times, 5 Mar. 2002, A10.


Risen, James. "A Pattern of Unsolved Greek Terrorism Cases." New York Times, 9 Jun. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The killing of Brigadier Stephen Saunders, British defense attache in Greece, in Athens on 8 June 2000 "came in the midst of a growing debate in Washington over Greece's record in curbing anti-Western terrorism within its borders. Only on [5 June 2000], a bipartisan American commission on terrorism recommended that the Clinton administration consider imposing sanctions on Greece for failing to fully cooperate with the United States in combatting terrorism."


Risen, James. "Reason Cited for Ousting of Terror Inquiry's Director: Staff Member's Security Problem is Blamed." New York Times, 9 May 2002, A34.


Risen, James. "Rem Krassilnikov, Russian Bane of C.I.A., Dies at 76." New York Times, 24 Mar. 2003. [http://www.nytimes.com]

KGB Maj. Gen. Rem Krassilnikov "died in Moscow last week" at the age of 76. During the mid- and late 1980's, Krassilnikov "was chief of the First Department within the K.G.B.'s Second Chief Directorate, which placed him in charge of investigating and disrupting C.I.A. operations in Moscow.... He had taken over the First Department ... by the time that a series of American spies [Edward Lee Howard, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen] began to give the Soviets a treasure trove of information about C.I.A. operations in the mid-1980's." The Economist, 5 Apr. 2003, also commemorates Krassilnikov's passing.


Risen, James. "Report Scolds Bureaucracy for U.S. Nuclear Lab Lapses." New York Times, 15 Jun. 1999.

The PFIAB report "argues that the Energy Department has mishandled the nation's nuclear secrets for 20 years." The report, briefed to President Clinton on 14 June 1999, says that "Clinton administration initiatives to tighten security at nuclear weapons laboratories are not being carried out fully because of bureaucratic arrogance and foot-dragging."


Risen, James. "Russia Helped U.S. on Nuclear Spying Inside North Korea." New York Times, 20 Jan. 2003. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In the 1990s, "Russian intelligence officers ... placed nuclear monitors provided by the C.I.A. inside the Russian Embassy in ... Pyongyang, to try to detect telltale signs of activity from the North Korean nuclear weapons program. The C.I.A. trained officers from the S.V.R. ... in the operation of the American equipment, and the Russians then shared their findings with the Americans. The joint operation has since ended."

[CIA/90s/Gen; Russia/To98]

Risen, James. "Russians Are Back in Afghanistan, Aiding Rebels." New York Times, 27 Jul. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Russia is supplying covert assistance to a rebel coalition fighting the Taliban, the militant Islamic group that controls most of Afghanistan. "While it has not committed troops..., Russia is supplying heavy weapons, training and logistical support to the Northern Alliance, the rebel group that is hanging on to the mountainous northern tier of Afghanistan."


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