The ODNI Tumblr site today posted April 2013 e-mail correspondence between Edward Snowden and the NSA's Office of General Counsel---the only such correspondence NSA says it has found.
Latest in Secrecy: Press Subpoenas
David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth report about how the NSA has successfully placed backdoors into the networks of the Chinese Telecommunications giant Huawei for purposes of (a) discerning Huawei's links to the People’s Liberation Army and (b) preparing for offensive operations in third countries.
Here's the Fourth Circuit's order denying two petitions for rehearing en banc----one by New York Times reporter James Risen, the other by former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling.
The official launch event for the new site Just Security is taking place at this hour with an event entitled, "When Reporting is a Crime: National Security and the Press After Snowden and Sterling." The event is being webcast live. You can watch it here:
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It's a big news day in national security law for all kinds of reasons---one being today's opinion from the Fourth Circuit in United States v. Sterling.
That, of course, is the prosecution against a former CIA officer under, among other things, Sections 793(d) and (3) of the Espionage Act.
This report is Attorney General Eric Holder's response to President Obama's order of a review of departmental policies with respect to the media.
Four comments on today's Washington Post story (and the Verizon story on domestic and foreign data collection):
First, today's Post story reminded me of this very interesting 2008 post from David Kris. It is worth re-reading now.
The press scandals keep on coming for the Obama Administration.
Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with these thoughts on the AP subpoenas controversy and background law:
In light of the hysteria over reports that the Department of Justice subpoenaed AP records during the course of a leak investigation, it might be useful to step back and keep in mind what the law actually is when it comes to telephone records (also known as toll records and dialed digits), regardless of whose records they are.
It's been a rough week for the Obama Administration. In addition to outrage over IRS targeting of conservative groups and continued conspiratorial rumblings about the Administration's response to the Benghazi attack, the Department of Justice (DOJ) faces blowback over subpoenas it issued for Associated Press (AP) reporters' telephone records.