Special Investigations

A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit

Pembina was the sole funding source of a sheriff’s unit that monitored opposition to the proposed Jordan Cove natural gas pipeline and export terminal.

Puerto Rico’s Power Failures Inspired a Rooftop Solar Movement. But Officials Are Undermining It — in Favor of Natural Gas.

The island’s electric grid is too centralized to be resilient. But politicians and investors are obstructing a grassroots movement for community solar.


Secret Brazil Archive

Brazilian Judge Declines to Move Forward With Charges Against Glenn Greenwald “for Now”

A Brazilian judge declined to go forward with charges against Greenwald — but left the door open to future prosecution

The U.S. Government Secretly Spied on Chinese American Scientists, Upending Lives and Paving the Way for Decades of Discrimination

The program’s effects reverberate today, at a moment when combating economic espionage and scientific theft from China are among the FBI’s top priorities.

Special Feature

Snowden Archive: The SidToday Files

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. The Intercept released four years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003, after editorial review.

The Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

Though neonicotinoids are banned in the EU, a sophisticated information war has kept these insecticides — toxic to bees and birds — on the U.S. market.

We Scoured the Streets of Rio de Janeiro After Gun Fights. Here’s the Story the Bullet Shells Tell.

The gun violence that plagues Rio is made possible by ammunition made largely in Brazil, but also from all over the world. We collected the evidence.

By Any Measure, Capital Punishment Is a Failed Policy

Most people who have been sentenced to death in the U.S. are no longer on death row, and they haven’t been executed. Where did they go?

What Happens When a Reform Prosecutor Stands Up to the Death Penalty

Prosecutors wield enormous discretion in the U.S. criminal justice system — unless they decide that capital punishment is unjust.