Obama’s Crackdown on National Security Leaks

“The current state of whistleblowing prosecutions under the Espionage Act makes a truly fair trial wholly unavailable to an American who has exposed classified wrongdoing. Legal scholars have strongly argued that the US Supreme Court – which has never yet addressed the constitutionality of applying the Espionage Act to leaks to the American public – should find the use of it overbroad and unconstitutional in the absence of a public interest defense.”

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg

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Out of a total ten prosecutions under the Espionage Act against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media, seven have occurred during Obama’s Presidency. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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No Presidential Pardon for Ex-CIA Jeffrey Sterling

“At the same time that Mr. Obama commuted the sentence of Ms. Manning, a low-ranking enlisted soldier at the time of her leaks, he also pardoned James E. Cartwright, the retired Marine general and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty to lying about his conversations with reporters to F.B.I. agents investigating a leak of classified information about cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.”

Charles Savage — NYT 17 January 2017

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Chelsea Manning will be released in the spring so that is good news for her and her family. Unfortunately, Jeffrey Sterling’s name was not on the list of people receiving clemency. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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PUTIN: ‘Trump Dossier’ is Utter Nonsense

“I find it hard to imagine he [Mr Trump] ran to a hotel to meet our girls of ‘low social responsibility’… though they are of course also the best in the world. But I doubt Trump took that bait.”

Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin describes allegations his country holds compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump as “utter nonsense”. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Ex-CIA Sabrina De Sousa to be Extradited to Italy in 24 Hours

“I would really like to reach out to the Trump administration. I can’t see General Mike Flynn allowing the prosecution of a senior military officer by a foreign nation.”

Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa — January 2017

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Portugal – Monday 16 January 2017. Tomorrow, Portugal will extradite to Italy a former CIA Officer convicted over the 2003 abduction of radical Egyptian imam Abu Omar, a case that highlighted the controversial US secret rendition program. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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“Trump Dossier”: Can Intelligence officials ‘legally’ disclose classified information to members of the press?

“I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace.”

US President-Elect Donald Trump

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, Trump is being really dumb to do this.”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

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James R. Clapper — United States Director of National Intelligence

Can Intelligence officials ‘legally’ disclose classified information to members of the press? Form a legal point of view, the answer is a bit tricky, but the office of the DNI believes that it is legal in some circumstances. What is certain is that they are doing it. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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The ‘Trump Dossier’: A Clever Fabrication?

“I think it was disgraceful – disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace… and that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”

US President-Elect Donald Trump

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Michael Cohen: “Never been to Prague in my life!”

The ‘Trump dossier’ consists of a series of unsigned memos that appear to have been written between June and December 2016. The dossier contains lurid and mostly hard-to-prove allegations. Follow us on Twitter: Intel_Today Continue reading

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Radio Pyongyang Resurects its ‘NUMBERS STATION’. How does it work anyway?

“Numbers read on state radio may be cold war-era method of sending coded messages to spies in South Korea – or an attempt to wage psychological warfare.”

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Last year, North Korea reactivated its ‘numbers station’. And now, V15 transmits on FM! Follow us on Twitter: Intel_Today Continue reading

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Senate Confirmation Hearing of Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

“I will continue to pursue foreign intelligence with vigor no matter where the facts lead.”

Mike Pompeo — Confirmation hearing 12 January 2017

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Though Mr. Pompeo is known for his unrelenting partisanship in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans have said they believe he is capable of rising above the political fray to lead the C.I.A. Follow us on Twitter: Intel_Today Continue reading

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From Watergate to… ‘GoldenGate’?

“When spies get angry, they call reporters and arrange discreet chats in parking garages. The last president who entered the Oval Office with this much dislike and distrust of the IC was Richard Nixon—and we know how that worked out for him.”

John R. Schindler — Former NSA and professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College

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Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump. Follow us on Twitter: Intel_News Continue reading

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CIA Pompeo’s Confirmation Hearing Postponed. What to Expect?

“The people who know him from the House intelligence committee have always said he was serious. He studied the issues. He was worth talking to.”

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden

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Rep. Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing has been pushed to Thursday (12 January 2017). Reasons for the delay are not clear. [It may be related to the unverified but reported news that Russian operatives compiled salacious information about Donald Trump.] If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Pompeo would become one of the most overtly partisan figures to take over the C.I.A. — an agency that is supposed to operate above politics. Follow us on twitter: Intel_Today Continue reading

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