Whether or not Rick Gates and Paul Manafort engaged Psy-Group for intelligence services in 2016, the proposal created in response to Gates’ instructions provides proof about how Manafort intended to run the campaign and how much he might have had to spend had the Russians not provided those services for free.
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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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Once again, journalists engage in shitty link analysis to provide an explanation for why Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health allegedly played a part in an international spy plot.
I’m as interested in how badly executed Peter Smith’s secrecy was as I am that he used it.
A comparison of the DNC and WADA GRU indictments suggsets a lot of commonality between the operations — potentially including shared bitcoin infrastructure. But there are some interesting differences, perhaps the different treatment of InfoOps, between the two.
I find the referral to Mueller of Corey Lewandowski’s attacks on Republican operative Cheri Jacobus far more intriguing than the move of Kyle Freeny and Brandon Van Grack back to their regular jobs elsewhere in DOJ.
The Ninth Circuit just punted in one of the most important FISA cases it has reviewed recently.
Rachel Mitchell released a report declaring the Ford allegations a case of she said he said dispute. To make that claim, however, she hides just how damning her questioning of Kavanaugh was.
Kavanaugh, wrongly, thinks the challenge to his nomination is revenge for tactics he pioneered long ago. And having faced those tactics and discovered how painful they are, he has doubled down.
Reviewing the scope of the HPSCI Russian investigation interviews shows how assiduously the committee avoided learning about some of the ways most helpful to Republicans that Russia targeted Democrats.
Given the mutual ties each had to “Squi” the summer in question, the fact that Christine Blasey Ford was (presumably) not asked to sign a letter attesting that Brett Kavanaugh treated women well during the summer of 1982 is evidence it cannot be said to represent the sample you’d need to ask to learn how Kavanaugh treated women at the time.