Mara Hvistendahl writes about national security and technology. Before joining The Intercept, she was a National Fellow at New America and the China bureau chief for Science. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, and Wired, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR.
Mara is the author of “The Scientist and the Spy,” on an FBI counterintelligence investigation involving industrial espionage, and “Unnatural Selection,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize.
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The Coronavirus CrisisNew Details Emerge About Coronavirus Research at Chinese Lab
More than 900 pages of materials related to U.S.-funded coronavirus research in China were released following a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept.
Chinese Police Kept Buying Cellebrite Phone Crackers After Company Said It Ended Sales
The Israeli company purportedly left China last year. The subsequent sales of its products there could cloud its impending IPO.
Mass Resignations at Scientific Journal Over Ethically Fraught China Genetics Papers
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