Special Investigations


Secret Brazil Archive

The Intercept Condemns Brazilian Criminal Complaint Against Glenn Greenwald as an Attack on Free Press

The Intercept decried a criminal complaint against Glenn Greenwald as the latest attack on the free press in Brazil.

In the Face of Rising White Supremacist Violence, Police Continue to Investigate Victims and Activists

A white supremacist attack on a civil rights icon in Tennessee remains unsolved while police across the state illegally spy on community activists.

The Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

Though neonicotinoids are banned in the EU, a sophisticated information war has kept these insecticides — toxic to bees and birds — on the U.S. market.

We Scoured the Streets of Rio de Janeiro After Gun Fights. Here’s the Story the Bullet Shells Tell.

The gun violence that plagues Rio is made possible by ammunition made largely in Brazil, but also from all over the world. We collected the evidence.

Special Feature

Snowden Archive: The SidToday Files

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. The Intercept released four years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003, after editorial review.

What Happens When a Reform Prosecutor Stands Up to the Death Penalty

Prosecutors wield enormous discretion in the U.S. criminal justice system — unless they decide that capital punishment is unjust.

A Push to Repeal the Death Penalty Gains Ground Across the Western United States

Abolition of the death penalty has increasingly become a bipartisan issue, with fiscal conservatives joining reformers focused on wrongful convictions.


The Condemned

Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline

The Supreme Court restarted the death penalty in 1976 after ruling it unconstitutional. Our numbers show that race remains an overwhelming factor.

Climate Crimes

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Land-Hungry Ranchers Are Destroying a Pioneering Project to Help the Poor and Save the Amazon

American Catholic nun Dorothy Stang died defending a sustainable development model for the Amazon. Can her legacy survive in Bolsonaro’s Brazil?

Special Feature

The FBI's Secret Rules

President Trump has inherited a vast domestic intelligence agency with extraordinary secret powers. A cache of documents offers a rare window into the FBI’s quiet expansion since 9/11.