Special Investigations


Playing With Fire

Claude Garrett Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for Decades. He Died After Five Months of Freedom.

In many ways, Claude was lucky. He had a job, a place to live, the support of loved ones. But incarceration exacts a heavy toll.

How the Murder of a CIA Officer Was Used to Silence the Agency’s Greatest Critic

A new account sheds light on the Ford administration’s war against Sen. Frank Church and his landmark effort to rein in a lawless intelligence community.

AI Tries (and Fails) to Detect Weapons in Schools

Companies like Evolv sell multimillion-dollar AI-powered gun detection systems to schools nationwide, but weapons still slip through.


Oil and Water

After Spying on Standing Rock, TigerSwan Shopped Anti-Protest “Counterinsurgency” to Other Oil Companies

More than 50,000 pages of documents were recently made public after the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline lost a court case to keep them secret.

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.

After Two Decades of U.S. Military Support, Terror Attacks Are Worse Than Ever in Niger

Gunmen on motorbikes terrorize the African nation despite — or perhaps because of — a beefed-up U.S. presence that includes drone bases.

As Israelis Protest Mounting Authoritarianism, Apartheid Regime Over Palestinians Goes Unchallenged

Palestinians who face a decadeslong military occupation are ignored by a protest movement that claims to defend democracy.

Two Harvard Grads Saw Big Profits in African Education. Children Paid the Price.

An aggressive startup set out to disrupt African education. Now it’s plagued by a sexual abuse investigation.

The FBI Used an Undercover Cop With Pink Hair to Spy on Activists and Manufacture Crimes

In the summer of 2020, federal law enforcement launched a broad, and until now, secret strategy to infiltrate racial justice groups.

Special Feature

The Drone Papers

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

Trump’s Last Defense Secretary Has Regrets — but Not About Jan. 6

Chris Miller, a combat veteran, is battling critics who say he failed to send troops when a mob stormed the Capitol.

How to Save Yellowstone’s Wolves

Biologist Doug Smith looks back on a quarter century leading one of the most historic and controversial government conservation initiatives of all time.