Some details behind Devin Nunes’ latest attempt to distract the right wing press corps.
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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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Paul Manafort goes to trial this week. But this trial is unlikely to provide the big Mueller break news outlets will hype it for.
The government’s latest attempt to argue their ill-considered prosecution of MalwareTech makes sense reads like this: “YouTube! Try this dictionary! YouTube! Or maybe this dictionary! YouTube!”
The GRU indictment suggests a division of labor between the two GRU units cited in the hack: Unit 26165 did the technical hacking, whereas Unit 74455 did the information operations. If that division of labor holds, it suggests the hacks of State Boards of Election and VR Systems in the days before the November 2016 election, which were done by Unit 74455, may have been designed as propaganda.
Ron DeSantis has not yet joined in the effort to impeach Rod Rosenstein. That suggests that even someone whose immediate electoral prospects depend on the vocal support of Donald Trump thinks doing so will be an electoral plus.
Maggie and Mike rehash a story the NYT broke in April, all so Rudy can dismiss the seriousness of the Mueller investigation again.
When DOJ responded to Ron Wyden’s questions about whether they’ve changed their approach to seizing journalists’ records, the government may have been engaging in linguistic parsing.
Contrary to what Rudy Giuliani has journalists credulously repeating, Trump is exposed to obstruction charges for more than just his firing of Jim Comey.
Carter Page’s incoherent ramblings may not actually be denial and deception. But Donald Trump’s (and Paul Manafort’s) sure look to be.
Now that the release of the Carter Page FISA application has demonstrated DOJ claims of national security damage is overblown, maybe Keith Gartenlaub will have the opportunity to review his own FISA application.