Contrary to what a lot of people understand of the case, Jeffrey Sterling was not the CIA’s first suspect for the Merlin leaks to James Risen. Senate Intelligence Committee Staff Director Bill Duhnke was. As former CIA press person Bill Harlow testified, he told the FBI that James Risen had close ties to Duhnke when […]
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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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Stefan Halper may be the person Devin Nunes is trying to invent a scandal out of. But the story behind the scandal doesn’t make sense.
Mueller seems to be closely investigating the overlap between oligarch bribery and foreign policy. Otherwise known as the Jared peace plan.
The best way to explain apparent dishonesty in Gina Haspel’s testimony the other day is that she was the ultimate target of the Durham investigation, the person who had been involve in destroying the tapes in a first round, in 2002, and in a second round to hide the first round of destruction, in 2005.
In the year since Trump has fired Comey, he has just exacerbated his woes with his repeated public efforts to obstruct the investigation. But his involvement in the messaging about the June 9 Trump Tower meeting is probably the most damning thing he did in the last year, one backing real “collusion,” not a cover-up.
Greenberg Traurig just made Rudy quit the firm. The best part of that is the timing: the one year anniversary of Comey’s firing.
Gina Haspel’s different treatment of Jane Harman’s opposition to destroying the torture tapes and Carl Levin’s moves to conduct an inquiry into torture suggest she really didn’t care about Congressional concerns about retaining the tapes.
Gina Haspel’s answers about PPD-28 are consistent with a possibility that the Trump Administration made minor changes last year without publicly noting them.
In addition to not memorializing whether they asked Marcus Hutchins if he was drunk during his interview, agents also didn’t try to correct the time of his Miranda warning until a week after that interview.
One of Ron Wyden’s questions of Gina Haspel makes it clear she was part of a successful effort to force DOJ and the White House to reauthorize torture in 2005 by torturing a detainee before approval had been finalized.