James Risen

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Risen, James. "U.S. Attacks Based on Strong Evidence Against Bin Laden Group." New York Times, 21 Aug. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The U.S. strikes in Afghanistan and the Sudan on 20 August 1998 "came after U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies had gathered what officials described as the strongest evidence ever obtained in a major terrorist case. The U.S. intelligence community has been convinced for years that Osama bin Laden has been involved in a long series of attacks against American interests. But the officials said they had more comprehensive and conclusive evidence than ever before linking bin Laden to the bombings at the American Embassies in Africa earlier this month."


Risen, James. "U.S. Failed to Act on Warnings in '98 of a Plane Attack." New York Times, 19 Sep. 2002. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to the staff director of the Congressional committee investigating the 9/11 attacks, Eleanor Hill, the U.S. intelligence community "was told in [August] 1998 that Arab terrorists were planning to fly a bomb-laden plane into the World Trade Center, but the F.B.I. and the Federal Aviation Administration did not take the threat seriously."


Risen, James. "U.S. Fires Nuclear Scientist Suspected of Spying for China." New York Times, 9 Mar. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 5 March 1999, the FBI began questioning Wen Ho Lee "in an attempt to determine whether he had passed American secrets to the Chinese. The questioning continued through" 7 March 1999, "but Lee failed to fully cooperate," Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said. "FBI officials acknowledged last week that they did not have enough to arrest Lee then, but hoped their questioning would lead to a break. While he agreed to talk with investigators and nuclear experts, his failure to fully cooperate has apparently still left the investigators without enough evidence to prosecute. But Richardson believed he had sufficient evidence to dismiss Lee."


Risen, James. "U.S. Pursued Secret Efforts to Catch or Kill bin Laden." New York Times, 30 Sep. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to U.S. intelligence officials, the CIA "secretly began to send teams of American officers to northern Afghanistan about three years ago in an attempt to persuade the leader of the anti-Taliban Afghan opposition [Ahmed Shah Massoud] to capture and perhaps kill Osama bin Laden."


Risen, James. "What About Bob?" New Republic, 13 Oct. 1997, 20-23.

Risen calls "Bob" "the perfect fall guy," and argues that he "is now being hung out to dry by the CIA brass" for nothing more than "his zeal to supply [NSC staffer] Sheila Heslin with the information on [Roger] Tamraz she seemed to want." The author provides some background on Tamraz and his relationship with the CIA and chronicles the contacts that led to Bob being "pilloried" seemingly unjustly.


Risen, James. "White House Drags Its Feet on Testifying at 9/11 Panel," New York Times, 13 Sep. 2002, A12.


Risen, James. "White House Said to Ignore Evidence of China's Spying." New York Times, 13 Apr. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Notra Trulock, a senior intelligence official at the Energy Department, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 12 April 1999 "that his superiors and other Clinton administration officials repeatedly downplayed or dismissed evidence that China had stolen nuclear weapons secrets from a government weapons laboratory."


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