Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: September 2016
- Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets by Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael, Associated Press, August 23. "WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found."
- Intelligence officials reveal secrets to Donald Trump by Tara McKelvey, BBC News, August 18. "As the Republican nominee for the US presidency, Donald Trump received a classified briefing on Wednesday. What does that mean?"
- Grassley: FBI Improperly Restricting Access to Clinton Docs by Michael Biesecker and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press, August 18. "The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the FBI is improperly restricting access to materials from its closed investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server."
- Report: Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1 by Leo Shane III, Military Times, August 17. "Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan still outnumber U.S. troops by a 3-to-1 margin according to new research released this week, raising questions again about the role those workers play in the ongoing wars overseas and the oversight they receive."
- Bill Clinton's misleading claim about 'marked classified' information in Hillary Clinton's emails by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, August 17. "The little-C talking point does not vindicate Hillary Clinton's previous claims about classified materials."
- DOD CB Defense Programs Could Stall Due to Budget Cuts by Anthony Kimery, Homeland Security Today, August 16. "Chemical and biological (CB) counter-measures research efforts by the Department of Defense (DOD) Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) is expected to dwindle due to congressional military budget reductions and lingering sequestration effects, according to a 2016 Annual Report to Congress."
- Are There Any Limits on Obama's Drone War, Really? by Marcy Wheeler, New Republic, August 9. "A newly released document reveals that the administration's rules for drone warfare are full of workarounds and loopholes."
- FBI probe of Clinton's emails prompted by espionage fears, secret letters say by Jason Leopold, VICE News, August 9. "Two secret letters the FBI sent to the State Department have revealed for the first time that the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, and the classified emails sent through it, stemmed from a so-called 'Section 811' referral from the Intelligence Community's Inspector General (ICIG)."
- Special Procedures for Discretionary Access to Classified Historical Central Intelligence Agency Records Requested by Other Federal Agencies in Furtherance of Historical Research, Final Rule, Federal Register, August 9. "CIA is providing greater clarity about the procedures under which, as a matter of discretion, it may provide access to classified historical CIA records requested by other Federal agencies in furtherance of historical research when such access is not expressly required by statute."
- Argentina Declassification Project: State Department Fact Sheet, August 8. "The declassification project represents an historic effort by U.S. Government agencies and departments to search, identify, review for public access, and provide records that shed light on human rights abuses in Argentina between 1975 and 1984."
- Tricky Next Step for House Republicans Who Want Another Clinton Probe by Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, August 8.
- Agencies Are Declassifying One-Time Secrets at a Higher Rate, Archives Reports by Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, August 2. "Historians, journalists and public policy analysts likely welcome the latest report on agency disclosures of one-time government secrets issued last week by the National Archives and Records Administration."
- FAS website blocked by US Cyber Command. "You have attempted to access a blocked website. Access to this website has been blocked for operational reasons by the DOD Enterprise-Level Protection System."
Older News: July 2016