Massimo Calabresi


Calabresi, Massimo. "The Bin Laden Capture that Never Was." Time, 20 Mar. 2000, 24.

A Presidentially approved plan for the CIA to help Pakistan organize a unit to slip into Afghanistan and capture Osama Bin Laden never got off the ground because of Pakistani footdragging.

[CA/Afgh; MI/Ops/Afgh; Terrorism/00]

Calabresi, Massimo. "CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, 'Impressive' Intel Captured." Time, 3 May 2011. []

"In his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, CIA chief Leon Panetta tells TIME that U.S. officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets. Long before Panetta ordered Vice Admiral William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command, to undertake the mission..., the CIA had been gaming out how to structure the raid."

[CIA/DCIAs/Panetta; OtherCountries/Pakistan; Terrorism/10s/11]

Calabresi, Massimo. "The CIA Gets a Rare Public Victory." Time, 2 May 2011. []

"As the news of Osama bin Laden's death moves ... to accepted reality, one group in the U.S. government will emerge as key to the win: the Central Intelligence Agency. From the earliest identification of a Bin Laden courier, the pursuit of leads, the assessment of evidence and the execution of the raid in Abottabad, Pakistan, the CIA can rightly claim the most credit for finding and killing the world's most wanted terrorist."

[CIA/10s/11; Terrorism/10s/11]

Calabresi, Massimo. "The Mac that Shook National Security." Time, 14 Feb. 2000, 24.

Former DCI John M. Deutch "compose[d] 74 documents containing highly classified information ... on an unsecure Macintosh at his home." See also, Warren P. Strobel, "A Former Spy Chief's Errant Ways," U.S. News and World Report, 14 Feb. 2000, 27.


Calabresi, Massimo. "Sloppy Russian 'Spymasters' Burn a Deep Cover Operative in New York." Time, 26 Jan. 2015. []

"Monday was a bad day for Evgeny 'Zhenya' Buryakov, the alleged spy arrested in the Bronx for his role as a deep cover case officer in a Russian ring targeting female university students, business consultants and the operations of the bank at which Buryakov worked. But it was an even worse day for his alleged spymasters, two Russian officials operating under diplomatic immunity who come across as sloppy, bureaucratic buffoons in the Justice department complaint detailing the alleged conspiracy....

"Igor Sporyshev, a Russian Trade Representative in New York, and Victor Podobnyy, an attaché to the Russian United Nations mission, managed to expose Buryakov by calling him on an open phone line and by using his true name in a conversation in the New York offices of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) which were apparently being bugged by the FBI's counterintelligence division." See also, Terrence McCoy, "This Alleged Russian Spy Ring Was Interested in Some Very Dangerous Things," Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2015.

[Russia/10s/15; SpyCases/U.S/RussianSpies15]

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