Secrecy and Security News
- X-37B is 'very likely' to be a SPY PLANE: Expert claims top-secret US spacecraft may have been covertly watching other nations by Mark Prigg and Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail, October 20. "It's a mystery that has confounded military experts around the world for years. The top-secret X-37B space drone, which landed in California on Friday, has spent nearly two years orbiting Earth on a classified mission."
- Transcripts Kept Secret for 60 Years Bolster Defense of Oppenheimer's Loyalty by William J. Broad, New York Times, October 11. "Historians and nuclear experts who have studied the declassified material -- roughly a tenth of the hearing transcripts -- say that it offers no damning evidence against him, and that the testimony that has been kept secret all these years tends to exonerate him."
- Does the 'N' in NSA stand for nonsense? by Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times, October 10. "Yes, a report on what information has been released to the media was deemed classified, though by definition the information was already available through the media."
- Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program by Eli Lake, Daily Beast, October 10. "Congress has quietly begun reviewing every U.S. government intelligence collection program. It's got the potential to trigger the next big fight between The Hill and Obama's spies."
- These Are the Financial Disclosure Forms the NSA Said Would Threaten National Security by Jason Leopold, Vice, October 10. "The agency refused VICE News' July request for copies of Alexander's financial disclosure reports, which he is required to fill out annually under a federal law known as the Ethics and Government Act. The law also states that government agencies are required to release the files upon request."
- NSA Mind-Bender: We Won't Tell You What Info We Already Leaked to the Media by Kim Zetter, Wired Threat Level, October 9. "Longtime reporters who cover the NSA know that any time we ask the obstinate spy agency for information, we're probably going to hit a brick wall. But who would have thought that trying to obtain information about information the agency has already given us would lead to the same wall?"
- NSA: List of official leaks to the media is classified by Julian Hattem, The Hill, October 9. "The National Security Agency is refusing to release a list of classified information that was deliberately leaked to the media."
- NSA denies FOIA request for report on authorized disclosures of classified intelligence, October 2. "Because the document is currently and properly classified, it is exempt from disclosure." But FAS appeals the NSA denial, October 8. "It is well established that information, including classified information, that has been publicly disclosed on an authorized basis loses its exemption from disclosure under FOIA."
- Not just paper pushers, IGs carry guns, go undercover by Kevin Bogardus, E&E Publishing, October 7. "Inspectors general -- internal watchdogs at federal agencies -- are not just auditors willing to plow through government documents to find fraud and waste. Many also have the legal authority to go undercover, conduct surveillance and even carry guns."
- CIA Doesn't Think It's Keeping Too Many Secrets by Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, October 2. "In a September 2013 report, the CIA's inspector general could find 'no instances' of over-classification. The report, obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, was based on a sample of CIA intelligence reports."
- CIA gets permission to destroy certain emails by Andy Medici, Federal Times, October 1. "The CIA asked the National Archives and Records Administration In August if it could destroy certain employee emails, according to an NARA appraisal obtained by the Federation of American Scientists."
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