According to a status hearing in the Proud Boys Leadership conspiracy case, the very damning Telegraph chats used in the conspiracy case all came from Ethan Nordean’s phone. That means contrary to speculation, they don’t have a high level person flipped in that case yet.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
While the FBI appears to have interviewed the wrong woman in their attempt to figure out who has the laptop stolen from Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 insurrection, discovery correspondence in another case suggests they have a lead on who stole Jeff Merkley’s laptop.
A KT McFarland email released last night really demonstrates how the Mueller Report put fairly damning communications in favorable light.
Some Seth Rich conspirators liberated some FBI documents on Seth Rich that explain that one of their conspiracies arises out of the way FOIA and time work.
According to the GOP, Eric Swalwell should be stripped of his committee assignment because he received an FBI briefing that he was being recruited by a Chinese spy. They argue that even though after the warning, Swalwell cooperated with the FBI and had nothing to do with her again. But by Ron Johnson’s own admission, when he got a similar briefing, he blew it off.
QAnon may have been more important in and successful at breaching the Senate itself than either the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers.
The Proud Boys seem to think it’s exculpatory that they started recruiting people to come to DC in December to not attend Trump’s rally.
Among the more baffling details in the recently released Section 702 reauthorization is the description of the approach NSA has chosen to take evidence of child exploitation off its servers.
Since the beginning, the yearly review of FISA 702 has separated the abstract legal analysis from the actual state of the implementation. And that has allowed one after another FISA judge to approve 702 with no real evidence it complies with the Fourth Amendment.
One Flynn supporter who threatened to kill Emmet Sullivan and another Flynn interlocutor who rejected Flynn’s call for responsibility with a call for guns were both found guilty yesterday.