Siobhan Gorman

Wall Street Journal's Intelligence Correspondent

Siobhan Gorman appears in the following:

The End of NSA Spying?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In a fiercely worded opinion, a federal judge said NSA phone surveillance is an "indiscriminate and arbitrary" invasion of privacy that may violate the Fourth Amendment. Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal says the opinion opens the way for Edward Snowden's to ultimately be vindicated.

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New Documents Show Sweeping NSA Surveillance of Americans

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yesterday, U.S. officials released new documents showing that the NSA may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails from Americans between 2008 and 2011, and private telecommunications providers like AT&T were involved in the data gathering. Siobhan Gorman, the intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, explains.

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NSA Declares 'Anonymous' a Threat to National Security

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In Anonymous's move away from denial of service attacks and toward real-world interactions — such as recent threats against the Los Zetas Cartel — the hacktivists have attracted the attention of the National Security Agency. In private meetings at the White House, NSA director General Keith Alexander warned that in a year or two the group could attack the energy grid and shut off power for millions. 

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CIA to Launch Drone Strikes in Yemen

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yemen's President Ali Saleh is out of the country, but unrest continues in Yemen. As the country continues to experience a leadership vacuum and violent unrest, the United States will launch covert drone strikes in the country to target al-Qaida militants. Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent reports that the Yemen program is modeled after the CIA's covert program in Pakistan, which was secretly approved by President Obama last year.


Pentagon Says Cyber Attack Can Be Cyber War

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pentagon has said a cyber attack coming from another country can be interpreted as an act of war and that the U.S. might respond with military action, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Unclassified portions of the new strategy are expected to be published next month. Siobhan Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent at the Wall Street Journal reported the story. She explains the challenges in this new policy and how you apply a policy of deterrence in cyber space.


CIA Station Chief, 'Spider' May Be Hamid Karzai's Closest Ally

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The CIA's station chief in Afghanistan has become a crucial part of the relationship between Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration. His code name is "Spider" and he has known Karzai for more than a decade, according to intelligence correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Gorman. Karzai and Spider met prior to 9/11 when CIA was in the region trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden.


Five American Muslims Detained In Pakistan

Friday, December 11, 2009

Five young men from Northern Virginia were arrested in Pakistan on Thursday for alleged ties to Muslim militant groups there, and will likely be deported. Just weeks after the Fort Hood shooting, we take a look at these young American Muslims. We're joined by Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Siobhan Gorman, intelligence reporter at the Wall Street Journal, who break down what we know about these five men and report reactions from the Muslim community in Virginia.

This case and possibly others raise enough concerns that it's something the Muslim community wants to deal with. That's why we're planning an outreach campaign to Muslim youth, offering a mainstream perspective on a variety of issues, so that when they go on the Internet and have access to these kinds of extremist viewpoints from overseas, that they have a balancing perspective. I don't think we're seeing this kind of thing develop from something that's said in a mosque in America -- you're seeing it develop from people accessing extremist websites or extremist viewpoints in the international arena.
--Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations

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Panel Says China Increasing Spying Via the Internet

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A congressional advisory panel has found that the Chinese government is ratcheting up its cyberspying operations against the United States. The report, due out today, documents specific examples of carefully orchestrated campaigns against corporate targets in the United States. Siobhan Gorman, the Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent, joins us with a look at a growing war in cyberspace between the U.S. and China.


Report on CIA Abuses to be Released

Monday, August 24, 2009

In 2004, CIA Inspector General John Helgerson completed a report looking at abuses inside CIA prisons.  The report has been kept a secret until today, when portions of the report are expected to be made public. 

For more on the details of that report, we speak to Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Art Keller, a former CIA case officer who served in Pakistan in 2006.

You can read Siobhan's article, "CIA Faulted for Conduct at Prisons," at the Wall Street Journal, and Art Keller's blog post on secrecy and political accountability around Washington and the CIA, "The Buck Stops Where?"

A CIA inspector's report scheduled for release TODAY [MONDAY] is expected to shine NEW light onto harsh interrogation tactics used at CIA secret prisons.

For more on that report we're here with Siobahn [shuh-VAHN] Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. And we've also got Art Keller, a former CIA case officer. He served in Pakistan in 2006.


Cyber Attack!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

U.S. and South Korean computers have been hit over the past few days by a barrage of cyber attacks, possibly from North Korea. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence and homeland security correspondent from The Wall Street Journal, explains the latest.

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Cyberattacks on U.S. and South Korean Computers

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Over the holiday weekend, a concerted cyber attack disrupted computers at several U.S. government agencies, including the websites of the Treasury, the Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Transportation. Officials say it was a sophisticated hack that required more expertise than your average cyber assailant. Meanwhile, South Korea's computers were also hacked with a "denial of service" virus. The crimes were remarkably similar, raising speculation about the source of the crime. For more of the story, The Takeaway talks to Siobhan Gorman, the Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent


Computer spies hack Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter project

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

International computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter Project. The $300 billion program is the military's costliest weapons project ever. The intruders into the Fighter Project were able to copy data related to design and electronic systems of the planes, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft. Recently, similar cyber-attacks have breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system. While those directly responsible for this attack could not be identified, many former officials claim the move bears the hallmarks of previous encounters with China. For more we turn to the reporter responsible for breaking this story, Siobhan Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

For more, read Siobhan Gorman's article, Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project, in today's Wall Street Journal.

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Spies stake a claim in the U.S. electrical grid

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

An exclusive story from the Wall Street Journal says that cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system. In eerie echoes of the Cold War, government officials are blaming China and Russia, but is nearly impossible to know whether or not this act is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace. The spooks were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. And while the intruders haven't damaged the power grid, officials warned they could. For more on this startling story, we turn to the Wall Street Journal's Intelligence Correspondent Siobhan Gorman.

Read Siobhan Gorman's article, Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies in today's Wall Street Journal.


FISA Fallout

Friday, March 14, 2008

We check in on the current congressional wrangling between the Whitehouse and Congress over the FISA bill with Paul Kiel, a reporter-blogger at, and Siobhan Gorman, an Intelligence and Homeland Security Correspondent from The Wall Street Journal.

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