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18 items by Michael Hastings

  • The Spy Who Cracked Up in the Cold

    The Spy Who Cracked Up in the Cold | ARTICLE

    Early one morning in April, the former CIA agent sat inside a room at a seedy Ramada Inn in Norfolk, Virginia, smoking crack with...

    March 28, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • America's Last Prisoner of War

    America's Last Prisoner of War | ARTICLE

    In June 2012, fearless Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings wrote the definitive first account of Bowe Bergdahl — the young American soldier who was captured by the Taliban and became the last American prisoner of war. Hastings,...

    June 7, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret

    The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret | ARTICLE

    One day in late November, an unmanned aerial vehicle lifted off from Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan, heading 75 miles toward the border with Iran. The drone's mission: to spy on Tehran's nuclear program, as well...

    April 16, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street

    Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street | BLOG ENTRY

    As Occupy Wall Street spread across the nation last fall, sparking protests in more than 70 cities, the Department of Homeland Security began keeping tabs on the movement. An internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall...

    February 28, 2012 6:55 PM ET
  • WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails: A Secret Indictment Against Julian Assange?

    WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails: A Secret Indictment Against Julian Assange? | BLOG ENTRY

    On January 26, 2011, Fred Burton, the vice president of Stratfor, a leading private intelligence firm which bills itself as a kind of shadow CIA, sent an excited email to his colleagues. "Text Not for Pub," he...

    February 28, 2012 1:35 PM ET
  • In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid

    In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid | BLOG ENTRY

    Last night, we received terrible news. Anthony Shadid, the 43-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times, died while covering the conflict in Syria. According to the Times—the paper where Anthony had worked for the past...

    February 17, 2012 12:20 PM ET
  • The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Read

    The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Read | BLOG ENTRY

    Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Scott Shane published a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old...

    February 10, 2012 4:25 PM ET
  • The Legend of David Petraeus

    The Legend of David Petraeus | BLOG ENTRY

    The genius of David Petraeus has always been his masterful manipulation of the media. But after reading the new biography about him – All In: The Education of David Petraeus, by former Army...

    January 31, 2012 1:25 PM ET
  • Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview | ARTICLE

    It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside. The two-bedroom house, on loan from a WikiLeaks supporter, is comfortable enough, with a big...

    January 18, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Exclusive Excerpt: The Operators by Michael Hastings

    Exclusive Excerpt: The Operators by Michael Hastings | ARTICLE

     In April 2010, Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings spent a month with Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Europe and Afghanistan, reporting on a profile of the supreme commander of all NATO forces in what had become America’s...

    January 3, 2012 11:00 AM ET
  • Inside Obama's War Room

    Inside Obama's War Room | ARTICLE

    On the afternoon of monday, March 14th, the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy stood nervously in the lounge of Le Bourget Airport on the outskirts of Paris, waiting for a private jet carrying a lone Libyan rebel to...

    October 13, 2011 8:00 AM ET
  • My Decade of bin Laden

    My Decade of bin Laden | ARTICLE

    The following article appeared in the May, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone, just after the killing by U.S. Special Forces of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. It is reprinted here to mark the tenth anniversary of the...

    May 8, 2011 6:00 PM ET
  • Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

    Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators | ARTICLE

    The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer...

    February 23, 2011 11:55 PM ET
  • King David's War

    King David's War | ARTICLE

    On the morning of June 15th, 2010, Gen. David Petraeus skipped breakfast. He was jetlagged from a trip earlier in the week to the Middle East, and he was due at the Dirksen Senate Office...

    February 2, 2011 8:25 AM ET
  • Replacing McChrystal: Can Petraeus Win the War?

    Replacing McChrystal: Can Petraeus Win the War? | ARTICLE

    President Obama, in announcing the replacement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal moments ago, sought to reassure the American people about the war in Afghanistan. "This is a change in personnel," he declared, "but not a change in policy." That's...

    June 23, 2010 2:50 PM ET
  • Revolt of the Troops

    Revolt of the Troops | ARTICLE

      Greetings from Kandahar. I've spent the last few days on an airfield in southern Afghanistan, embedded with U.S. forces. It's very hot — like 106 degrees hot. Fighting is a daily occurrence (I saw one firefight, from...

    June 23, 2010 9:45 AM ET
  • Hastings on McChrystal: To Fire, or Not to Fire?

    Hastings on McChrystal: To Fire, or Not to Fire? | ARTICLE

    So to fire or not to fire? Here's how I see it: If Obama doesn't fire McChrystal — and until this week, I thought he never would — then it appears to prove one of the issues...

    June 22, 2010 10:07 AM ET
  • The Runaway General

    The Runaway General | ARTICLE

    'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star...

    June 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET
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