December 2004

In This Issue

Mark Bowden, "Among the Hostage-Takers"; James Fallows, "Will Iran Be Next?"; William H. Simon, "The Confidentiality Fetish"; Benjamin Wittes, "Leaks and the Law"; Robert D. Kaplan, "At the Gates of Brussels"; Anonymous, "How Not to Catch a Terrorist"; P. J. O'Rourke, "Hail to the _____"; Alexandra Starr, "Executive Assistance"; fiction by Bill Roorbach; and much more.



Among the Hostage-Takers

Twenty-five years ago in Tehran a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy and took hostage the entire American diplomatic mission. Now many of the leading hostage-takers speak candidly about their actions—which a surprising number deeply regret

Leaks and the Law

What happens when the journalistic principle of protecting confidential sources clashes with the public interest in prosecuting a crime? A cross-examination

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