Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: February 2016
- The State Department: Hillary Clinton's email correspondence contained 'top secret' material by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, Washington Post, January 29. "The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that 'top secret' information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses."
- Modernizing & Strengthening the Security & Effectiveness of Federal Background Investigations, White House fact sheet, January 22. "Today, the Government announced a series of changes to modernize and strengthen the way we conduct background investigations and protect sensitive data."
- State Department Asks for Even More Time to Finish Releasing Hillary Clinton's Emails by Jason Leopold, VICE News, January 22. "A government attorney will file a motion in federal court on behalf of the State Department Friday seeking an additional month to complete its release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
- Clinton Takes On Top Intelligence Watchdog by Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View, January 20. "Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign Wednesday accused the intelligence community's top oversight official of conspiring with Republicans in the Senate to leak sensitive information about her personal e-mail server."
- Here's The Truth About The U.S. Government And Intelligence Funding by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Vocativ, January 16. "Republican hopefuls have routinely accused President Obama of bleeding U.S. intelligence agencies dry, but no other commander in chief has given them so much cash."
- Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done? by Steven Aftergood, Just Security, January 15. "There is an empirical foundation for the belief that pre-publication review has gone off the rails. As it is conducted today, the review process too often arbitrarily impedes the freedom of many US government employees to participate in public discourse."
- How the State Department Caved to Hillary Clinton's Lawyer on Classified Emails by Shane Harris, The Daily Beast, January 15. "Clinton's private lawyer got his way when he pushed back after being asked to delete all copies of a classified email--a level of deference an expert calls 'far from the norm'."
- Departure of John Fitzpatrick, Director of Information Security Oversight, NARA Notice to Employees from the National Archivist, January 8. "After more than four years of exceptional service to the National Archives, John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), has been selected to join the National Security Council Staff in the Executive Office of the President."
- Democrats mine Pentagon files for dirt on rivals by Austin Wright, Politico, January 7. "The requests, filed under the Freedom of Information Act, mainly seek correspondence between the candidates and Pentagon officials."
- After striking out in 2016 NDAA, DoD expected to try again with FOIA exemption proposal by Robert Bartley, FierceGovernmentIT, January 6. "The Defense Department will reportedly once again seek this year to bar Freedom of Information Act requests on unclassified military processes, according to an internal memo obtained by the Federation of American Scientists."
- How Jewish Groups -- and Benjamin Netanyahu -- Got Spied On by U.S. by Ron Kampeas, Forward / JTA, January 5. " At first blush, it appears like a bombshell: The United States listened in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's phone calls. Here's what the controversy is all about and what may happen next."
Older News: December 2015