For months, the Proud Boy leaders have been claiming that Aaron Whallon-Wolkind’s behavior leading up to the January 6 riot was more damning than their own. Now, Zach Rehl’s lawyer is attempting to claim none of that is true.
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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.
It’s pretty clear that DOJ keeps flipping Oath Keeper defendants. But in a series of other cases, there have been recent developments that defy understanding.
In a motion for a Bill of Particulars, Michael Sussmann identifies two big holes in John Durham’s indictment of him. But he also makes a reasonable argument that Durham’s description of Sussman’s alleged lie is too squishy to prove at trial.
DOJ IG released another of its reports on FISA, showing that for 2.6% of FISA applications, the FBI didn’t have any Woods file attesting to the accuracy of discrete factual claims in the application. But while the report shows far more substantive issues that need to be addressed with the FISA process, it doesn’t acknowledge that those substantive issues are more important to the integrity of the process than Woods files.
In the second bid by a January 6 defendant to claim he’s being selectively prosecuted, David Judd claims that he’s being treated unfairly because, unlike Portland rioter Isaiah Maza Jr, his charges weren’t dismissed after he got murdered.
John Durham says it is a crime to lie about the researchers who did the Alfa Bank research in an effort to launch an investigation. And yet, the available evidence suggests he did just that.
One of several things missing from Yahoo’s clickbait story about the things CIA was not permitted to do in the wake of learning its hacking tools had been stolen is that WikiLeaks helped Edward Snowden flee with the specific intent of inspiring someone like Joshua Schulte, the alleged Vault 7 leaker, to steal those files with the goal of “wrecking” the CIA.
Ali Alexander used some front organizations to obtain a permit for (among other places) the East side of the Capitol, where he put up a stage. The permit and the stage were the excuse Alex Jones used to lure hundreds of people to the East side of the Capitol. But he brought them to the steps, where many of them breached the building from a second front.
Zach Rehl wants the permit that shows Ali Alexander’s people created fake organizations under whose names to obtain permits for the Stop the Steal rally.
In a blockbuster story, Yahoo spends over 100 paragraphs showing that its lead is overstated.