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The Isikoff Files

Stories and video by  Michael Isikoff, NBC News National Investigative Correspondent.

Stories by Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff

2013 stories

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a 'rush'

General who blocked probe replaced as head of military's anti-sex abuse office

Last man to see Robert Levinson before he vanished denies involvement in disappearance

US officials accused by socialite Jill Kelly of leaks as part of 'smear campaign'

Accusers: Head of Pentagon's anti-sex abuse effort interfered with investigation

Yemeni tells White House of US drone strike that he says killed innocent kin

Accusers: Head of Pentagon's anti-sex assault effort interfered with investigation

Agent feared FBI was stalling Petraeus investigation until after 2012 election

'Loveint': NSA letter discloses eavesdropping on girlfriends, spouses

Firm that backgrounded Snowden also checked Navy Yard shooter

DOJ hunts for possible fraud in background check of Navy Yard shooter

Security clearances: 'Entire system is broken'

What we know about alleged shooter Aaron Alexis

NRA, fearing gun registry, joins ACLU in opposing NSA phone records sweep

Ex-Pentagon official has 'heavy heart' over US teen's death by drone

Victim of alleged rape at Marine base: 'I thought ... I would be safe'

FBI sharply increases use of Patriot Act provision to collect Americans' data

Officials: NSA mistakenly intercepted Americans' emails, phone calls

Chinese hacked McCain, Obama campaigns, took documents, officials say

House panel asks Holder to explain testimony on news media investigations

Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says

In first public acknowledgement, Holder says 4 Americans died in US drone strikes

Bomb plot briefing may undercut DOJ's case for AP records seizure

AP calls government's seizure of phone records an 'unprecedented intrusion'

Unaware of Tsarnaev warnings, Boston counterterror unit tracked protesters

Gitmo detainees' lawyer details 'brutal' force-feeding of hunger strikers

Anti-immigrant groups go on attack to block 'pathway to citizenship'

Pentagon ponders Gitmo overhaul amid growing detainee unrest

Accuser in Air Force sex assault case 'frustrated' by overturned verdict

Anti-secrecy group posts audio of Bradley Manning's court statement

'Non-lethal round' fired at Gitmo detainees, US military confirms

Lawyers for Gitmo prisoners decry 'alarming' conditions at camp

Holder: No drone strikes in US except in 'extraordinary circumstance'

Source: Manning will try to plead guilty to some charges

Feds say neo-Nazi with guns was tracking community leaders

How the Bush administration sold the Iraq war

Torture, secrets and what we still don't know about Iraq war

Justice Dept. memo lays out legal case for drone strikes on Americans

Obama campaign shares vast database of supporters with advocacy group

Air Force searches out porn, other 'offensive' materials on its bases

Feds investigate how suspected white supremacist, a felon, assembled arsenal

Newtown police chief adds voice to call for assault weapons ban

Ex-FEMA official to plead guilty to steering contracts to Gallup during job hunt

2012 stories

Authorites establish timeline of gun purchases in Connecticut school shooting

New details emerge on private lives of school gunman Adam Lanza and his mother

Mom of suspected school shooter — first to die — was gun enthusiast, friend says

Cuba's jailing of American contractor 'arbitrary,' UN panel concludes

American jailed in Cuba wants US to sign 'non-belligerency pact' to speed release

Cuba pushes swap: its spies jailed in US for American contractor held in Havana

One email exposes millions to data theft in South Carolina cyberattack

Jill Kelley emails: Petraeus, Allen asked me to help silence 'Bubba the Love Sponge'

Email to Gen. Allen warning about Jill Kelley among those she gave to FBI

As FBI investigated Petraeus, he and Allen intervened in nasty child custody battle

Emails on 'comings and goings' of Petraeus, other military officials, escalated FBI concerns

Petraeus' revelation began as cyberharassment probe that ended 4 days before election

Karl Rove's election debacle: Super PAC's spending was nearly for naught

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier charged in child sex abuse scandal

Wisconsin objects to Romney training manual urging incognito poll watchers

Feds investigate phony letters warning Florida voters they're not eligible to vote

Ex-CIA agent pleads guilty to leaking identity of covert operative

Hurricane tort king wires another $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. under federal investigation over alleged financial wrongdoings

Homeland security 'fusion' centers spy on citizens, produce shoddy work, report says

RNC cuts ties with firm over voter fraud allegations

Dead Gitmo detainee was cleared for release in 2009

Democrats get 'creative' to tap into corporate money for convention

Homeland Security official takes leave amid sexual harassment allegations

Matt Sandusky: from staunch defender to possibly his father's most damning accuser

Exclusive: Jerry Sandusky's adopted son details alleged sex abuse

Former Penn State president could face charges in Sandusky case

Soccer, cable TV at Gitmo? US lockup in Cuba quietly being upgraded

Yemen terror group may have made more underwear bombs

Members of elite Secret Service unit among those suspended

Ex-CIA agent charged with leaking classified info on Gitmo case

Venue for Obama's convention speech draws criticism

Guess who's raising money for Romney: Bigwigs from private equity firms

After donating to Gingrich Super PAC, casino magnate plans to give more to defeat Obama

Pro-Gingrich super PAC to air anti-Romney video

Romney super PAC outpaces Romney campaign in Iowa ad spending

2011 stories

Sandusky charity faced contempt motion over missing records

Penn State case: Feds consider launching criminal inquiry

Cain accuser comes under scrutiny

New Koch problems for Cain?

White House swiftly pushes back on Solyndra subpoena

House committee subpoenas WH records on Solyndra

Corzine, top Obama fundraiser, under FBI investigation

Lobbyist on Romney big-money event in D.C.: 'Mitt is the guy'

Cain could benefit handsomely from '9-9-9' tax plan

White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law

Intel officials' emails posted after hack of cybersecurity group

Latest Texas jobs figures shows net jobs loss, unemployment highest in 24 years

FBI probes hacking of NBC News' Twitter Account

In light of vaccine order, Perry's Merck link probed

Super PAC backing Rick Perry to spend $55 million to beat rivals, documents reveal

Rick Perry pushed bill that could benefit stem cell doctor's firm

'Independent'? Maybe, but super PAC heavily backs Perry

Mystery million-dollar Romney donor revealed

Justice asked to probe mystery donation to  pro-Romney group

Firm gives $1 million to pro-Romney group, then dissolves

Norway attacks focus attention on US right-wing extremists

US looks into alleged hacking by News Corp.'s ad arm

Murdoch's legal, financial woes escalate

Billionaires give big to new 'super PACS'

Advisers: Gingrich thought Tiffany credit line was private

On Libya, Obama evaded rules on legal disputes, scholars say

Justice Department's case against alleged leaker collapses

Informant: Pakistani officer wanted Jewish center on Mumbai terrorists' list

Terrorist-turned-informant says Pakistan agency worked closely with terror group

Chicago terror trial could complicate US-Pakistan relations

Trump avoids further scrutiny by pulling presidential plug

Pakistan's ISI fights lawsuit linking it to Mumbai attacks

Elusive ex-commando to replace bin Laden?

Profile of bin Laden courier led CIA to its target

Bin Laden hideout location challenges Pakistan credibility

Bin Laden's death rekindles interrogation debate

Publisher of upcoming 'birther' book makes no apologies

Barbour didn't think he could beat Obama

Is document a Syrian plan to attack protesters?

Ex-Hawaii official denounces 'ludicrous' birther claims

Gingrich's financial angel — a casino mogul with legal woes
9/11 suspects' military trials face many legal challenges

Prosecutors want to question Libyan defector about Lockerbie plot

Hacker group vows 'cyberwar' on US, businesses

Ex-CIA official: 'No question' Gadhafi ordered Pan Am bombing

UK charm offensive preceded Lockerbie bomber's release

Lawsuit claims Pentagon turned blind eye to rape victims

Mexico drug violence not an 'emergency,' White House says

UK charm offensive preceded Lockerbie bomber's release

Officials: Super Bowl 'a desirable target' for terrorists

Muslim Brotherhood strategist calls for Mubarak trial

Conservative high rollers gather to plot strategy

US.: Gun raids show cartels at work in Arizona

How Wall Street execs bankrolled GOP victory

U.S. tells agencies: Watch 'insiders' to prevent new WikiLeaks

2010 stories

Swiss close to charging three in nuclear smuggling plot

U.K. officials greased Lockerbie bomber's release, report finds

Supposedly slain al-Qaida terrorist resurfaces in Yemen

Chat with Michael Isikoff on the WikiLeaks documents

Yemen cable gives al-Qaida new 'recruiting' tool

'Scary stuff': Cyberattack arrest highlights risk

CIA faces second probe over videotape destruction

Spending blitz by outside groups helped secure big GOP wins

Did al-Qaida commander telgraph cargo bomb plot?

Democrats blast GOP ‘front groups,’ but use them too

Hillary Clinton helped engineer 'boy soldier' plea deal

Mumbai attack prompts intelligence review

'Double standard' in White House leak inquiries?

Second wife warned U.S. of Mumbai plotter

U.S. failure to retaliate for USS Cole attack rankled then — and now

10 years later, still no trial for accused USS Cole attack mastermind

ATF targets gun dealers to stem sales to Mexican cartels

U.S. bid to stem flow of weapons to Mexico cartels misfires

Saudi diplomat seeking asylum: 'My life is in danger'

Run on Afghan bank's deposits reported

Leader of Pakistan Taliban charged in CIA bombing

Amid flooding, CIA resumes Pakistan drone campaign

Photos of accused 9/11 plotter surface

Officer off Gitmo jury for agreeing with Obama

Landmark Gitmo trial puts White House in tight spot

Guantanamo trial a key test for Obama administration

Karzai faces crucial test of will to fight corruption

Karzai said to thwart bribery case against aide

Senate cancels Lockerbie hearing; BP, Brits 'stonewall'

Review of Wikileaks docs sees no smoking gun

Wikileaks founder vows more leaks