One reason why Trump did not heed the “blinking red” warnings the intelligence community was giving on COVID-19 is because he trusted China’s authoritarian leader over his own intelligence community.
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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.
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Trump claims he’s preparing to pardon Mike Flynn soon. Whether before or after he does that, it makes it imperative that DOJ release the evidence that Flynn was not a rogue liar, but was instead part of a cover-up.
We still haven’t learned the results of Ronna McDaniel’s COVID-19 test, which she took on Friday. That doesn’t bode well for President Trump’s willingness to talk about the secondary transmission of this disease, at least not if it happened at his own resort.
Yevgeniy Prigozhin is now trolling out justice system, along with our social media.
A lot of the companies Trump is giving free advertising to aren’t giving their employees paid time off during the coronavirus crisis.
Just because Chelsea Manning is out of jail doesn’t mean her problems are over.
After a year of fighting a grand jury subpoena and an attempt to kill herself yesterday, Chelsea Manning just got released.
If Chelsea Manning’s trip to the grand jury yesterday was anything like Jeremy Hammond’s, then prosecutors likely told her that Julian Assange is a Russian spy hours before she tried to kill herself.
Adam Schiff has absolutely gutted a provision that would have given notice to defendants identified under Section 215 of FISA.
This post lays out the remarkable coincidences leading a jail house informant to first smuggle in and the guard cell phones that accused Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte used from his jail cell.