Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: August 2016
- Sick and Tired of Hillary's E-mail? It's Not Over Yet by Jon Wiener, The Nation, July 19. " Republicans have one more gambit: suing her under the Freedom of Information Act."
- Russian foreign intelligence headquarters has doubled in size since 2007 by Joseph Fitsanakis, IntelNews, July 14. "Recent satellite images reveal that the headquarters of the Russian Federation's external intelligence agency has doubled, and possibly tripled, in size in the past nine years."
- Clinton aides could face security hurdles, say lawyers by Chris Bing, FedScoop, July 8. "If any of these aides were my clients, I would simply tell them: 'Don't even waste your money,'" trying to contest a security clearance denial, said one specialist in security law.
- GOP faces tough odds to revoke Clinton's clearance by Cory Bennett and Martin Matishak, Politico, July 7. "Republicans are pressuring the Obama administration to deny Clinton access to traditional campaign intelligence briefings."
- Hillary Clinton's Emails Are the GOP's New Benghazi by Shane Harris, Daily Beast, July 7. "Republicans are looking to deny security clearances to Hillary Clinton's aides. It's part of an emerging strategy to make her pay and pay for that private server."
- F.B.I. Findings Damage Many of Hillary Clinton's Claims by Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, July 5. "Even as he declined to recommend a criminal case against Hillary Clinton, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, undercut many of the arguments she has used to play down her use of a private email server while secretary of state."
- Lawyers: Legal precedent clears Clinton in email investigation by Julia Edwards, Reuters, July 5. "In declining to seek prosecution of Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey said the former Secretary of State's handling of classified emails was 'extremely careless' -- conduct, legal experts said, that falls short of 'gross negligence,' a standard for criminal charges under the Espionage Act."
- Criminal charges against Clinton could have set new legal standard by Sarah Wheaton, Politico, July 5. "Legal experts say Clinton's actions may have violated common sense but they didn't clearly merit an indictment."
- Here's why the FBI director is not recommending charges against Clinton by Greg Sargent, Washington Post Plum Line, July 5. "According to experts I spoke with today, the crux of the decision appears to turn on the question of whether there is evidence that the conduct outlined above rises to the level of 'mishandling classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way'."
- FBI's Hillary Clinton Decision Draws Comparisons to Past Prosecutions by Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal, July 5. "The FBI's recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information immediately summoned comparisons to prosecutions past."
- The Conservative Case for Letting Clinton Skate by Eli Lake, Bloomberg View, July 5. "Conservatives have an interest in diminishing state secrecy, not empowering it."
- Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's Use of a Personal E-Mail System, July 5. "After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice."
- U.S.-Iran education exchange plans cool over hardliners' spy charges, Reuters, July 5. "The episode highlights the political struggle between Iranians who want to work with the United States and hardliners who often raise espionage accusations and fear opening up will undermine their rule."
- 911: The Florida fight over which records are public by Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald, July 1. "It's been an article of undisputed faith among Florida cops, prosecutors and journalists for decades that phone calls to 911 are public records. So media lawyers were flabbergasted last month when Orlando police refused to turn over recordings of the 911 calls made during the murderous shootout inside the Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead."
Older News: June 2016