Today's Situation Room:

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

February 6th, 2014
07:16 PM ET

Snipers attack U.S. electrical grid

CNN's Dan Simon reports on escalating fears about the vulnerability of the nation's power grid after a group of snipers attacked a plant in San Jose, California - and never got caught.


Filed under: Dan Simon • energy • National security • Terror
September 25th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Mall security after Kenya: Are we safe?

CNN's Brian Todd investigates how safe are American malls after a terror attack kills 67 people at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Nairobi Mall Shooting • National security • Terror
August 23rd, 2013
01:06 PM ET

Mueller: U.S. not a 'big brother' state

Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller talks to Joe Johns about the NSA surveillance program, Edward Snowden's leaks, and U.S. security after Sept. 11.


Filed under: Edward Snowden • FBI • Joe Johns • National security • NSA leaks
Special 6 p.m. ET 'Situation Room': Traitor or Hero? Inside the NSA Leak
June 10th, 2013
03:55 PM ET

Special 6 p.m. ET 'Situation Room': Traitor or Hero? Inside the NSA Leak

The admitted leaker of big National Security Agency secrets has sparked debate – is Edward Snowden a traitor or a hero? The 29-year-old revealed on Sunday that he was the source of leaks detailing top-secret NSA surveillance programs.

Today in the 6 p.m. ET hour of “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer takes an in-depth look at his journey, the secrets he leaked and his possible punishment.

Snowden, a former CIA employee, was most recently working for Booz Allen Hamilton as an NSA contractor to the government when he revealed the existence of classified programs that collect phone and Internet records in the hunt for terrorists and criminals. He explained to The Guardian why he carried out the biggest intelligence leak in recent years. “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded,” he said in an interview. “That is not something I am willing to support or live under."

Snowden faces possible extradition to the U.S. from Hong Kong, where he fled before revealing his identity. U.S. officials are calling the leak extremely damaging, and say it has provided terrorists with information that they can use to avoid detection.

Joining Blitzer for the special coverage are former CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash, Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman – who has been at the center of that paper’s coverage of this story - CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s Anna Coren in Hong Kong, Miguel Marquez in Hawaii, Barbara Starr and Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon, Jessica Yellin from the White House, and more.

What do you think? Is Snowden a traitor or a hero?

May 29th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

China hacking into U.S. weapon designs?

Brian Todd reports on new findings that say Chinese cyberspies have compromised advanced U.S. weapons systems.

RELATED VIDEO: U.S. vulnerable to Chinese cyberspies?
Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers confirms Chinese military was behind hacking of U.S. defense systems designs. (Video)


Filed under: Brian Todd • China • Hackers • National security • Tech
May 24th, 2013
07:19 PM ET

Iran-linked hackers probe energy firms

Officials are investigating a 'barrage' of cyber attacks on U.S. utilities by Iran-linked hackers.

RELATED STORY: Hackers appear to probe U.S. energy infrastructure, suspicions about Iran


Filed under: Hackers • Iran • National security • Tech
March 14th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Kim Jong Un: Break enemies' waists

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the increased rhetoric and threats coming out of North Korea.

RELATED: Material in North Korea's nuclear test unclear, worrying for U.S.


Filed under: Jill Dougherty • National security • North Korea
January 8th, 2013
06:29 PM ET

New CIA chief & Zero Dark Thirty

Torture allegations forced Brennan out once. Will Zero Dark Thirty be a replay? Chris Lawrence reports.

RELATED STORY: Obama's CIA Pick & Movie Torture Controversy


Filed under: Chris Lawrence • John Brennan • National security
January 8th, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Obama makes telling foreign policy picks

Obama sends message on foreign policy in second term with top national security picks, CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

January 7th, 2013
03:59 PM ET

Cornyn: Hagel is "profoundly wrong"

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) explains why he is opposed to former Sen. Chuck Hagel becoming Secretary of Defense.

Cornyn says Hagel is "profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the United States today, namely a nuclear Iran."

"This is a wrong job for him," Explained Cornyn, "because he's certainly outside of the national security mainstream."

What do you think about President Obama's decision to nominate Hagel as Secretary of Defense?

Watch the full interview at 5pm ET Monday on CNN.

RELATED: Sparks could fly in 'historic' Hagel confirmation hearings

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Interviews • National security
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