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Scott Balber Coordinates the June 9 Meeting Story a Fourth Time

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emptywheel
This morning, I did a post showing how Rob Goldstone's story about the June 9 Trump Tower meeting that he plans to tell the Mueller inquiry compared with the three times one-time Trump lawyer and current Aras Agalarov lawyer telegraphed testimony…
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"I Hate the Word Guilty" Says the Self-Described "Conduit" between the Agalarovs and Trump

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emptywheel
Man oh man, the parties to the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting are sure working overtime trying to craft a story that accounts for all the known documentation of what went down.
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Kaspersky's Carrot-and-Stick TAO Compromise Incident Report

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emptywheel
Kaspersky's report on how it accidentally stole NSA's hacking tools from a developer's computer is a fairly cheeky response.
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The Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell Ramjet Blasts Off Trash Talk

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bmaz
Wild week in sports. The biggest story seems like Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell. But some changes in motorsports are really just as critical long term, maybe more so.
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Abbe Lowell Reveals the Complete Inadequacy of the Intelligence Committee Russian Investigations

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emptywheel
In his contemptuous response to Dianne Feinstein's request that he actually comply with the Senate Judiciary Committee's earlier request for documents, Jared Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, says things that make it clear the Intelligence Committee investigations into Russian tampering with the election are totally inadequate.
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Did Akhmetshin and Kaveladze Coordinate Before or After Jared Disclosed the June 9 Meeting

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emptywheel
Scott Balber, a one-time Trump lawyer currently working for the Agalarov's seems to be engaged in a ham-handed limited hangout of the June 9 meeting.

Culture and Neoliberalism

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Ed Walker
No thought leaders. No David Brooks.

Leahy-Lee versus USA Lip Service: An Improvement, But Still a Domestic-as-Foreign Surveillance Bill

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emptywheel
Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee have introduced their version of Section 702 reauthorization, which like HJC they also call USA Liberty and like that bill doesn't improve liberty. For convenience and because I refuse to use Orwellian terms to whitewash…

On 702, NSA Wants to Assure You You're Not a Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target Target

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emptywheel
The NSA sent out a touchy-feely description of what it claims is the impact of 702 on the "average" American, complete with a shiny new picture making NSA look small and cuddly. But the piece is pretty deceitful.
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The Bail Fight that Manafort and Gates Can't Win

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emptywheel
Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have still not posted bail. In the process of the fight to do so, prosecutors have revealed further money laundering vehicles that weren't even indicted.
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The Implicit Threat in Julian Assange's Ambassador Tweet

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emptywheel
Julian Assange's tweet offering to set up a luxury immunity suite hotel in DC is a pretty explicit threat, one using the CIA as hostage.
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On the Breadcrumbs Suggesting Feds Flipped Reza Zarrab

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emptywheel
In response to last week's WSJ story on Mike Flynn's sustained discussions about helping Turkey kidnap Fethullah Gulen, I suggested the far more interesting detail was his involvement in brokering a deal for Reza Zarrab, a Turk accused of laundering…
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How FBI Could Use Reverse Targeting to Use Section 702 against Keith Gartenlaub

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emptywheel
While the evidence is circumstantial, the case of Keith Gartenlaub shows why it is so problematic that the government can reverse target under Section 702.

Yup: The Government Is Secretly Hiding Its Crypto Battles in the Secret FISA Court

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emptywheel
The 702 Bill Report makes it clear that (as I suspected) Ron Wyden is concerned the government will (or, more likely, already has) used the technical assistance provision in Section 702 to force providers to back door encryption.

Eleven (or Thirteen) Senators Are Cool with Using Section 702 to Spy on Americans

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emptywheel
The Senate Intelligence Committee report on its version of Section 702 "reform" is out. It makes it clear that my concerns raised here and here are merited. In this post, I'll examine what the report -- particularly taken in conjunction with…
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The Don Jr - WikiLeaks Emails Are Underwhelming

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emptywheel
Julia Ioffe has a big scoop on the content of DMs between Don Jr and WikiLeaks turned over to Congress (unless it came indirectly from Don Jr, as it may have, it's another inappropriate leak that will discredit whatever source turned them over). And…
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Maybe Stephen Miller's Discussions with George Papadopoulos Are Why Jeff Sessions Can't Recall Any Email Discussions?

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emptywheel
On October 18, Attorney General Jeff Sessions couldn't recall whether he had discussed emails with any Russian officials. Perhaps recent reporting on emails between George Papadopoulos and Sessions' aide Stephen Miller will refresh his memory in time for tomorrow's HJC hearing.
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Mueller's Watergate Prosecutor Is Liaising with the White House Lawyers, and Other Tidbits on Mueller's Org Chart

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emptywheel
In a nice bit of symbolism, Mueller is having the prosecutor on his team with Watergate experience liaise with the White House.
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Today in the Ben Wittes (And Friends) Utter Lack of Self-Awareness File: Family and Friends Edition

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emptywheel
A bunch of surveillance boosters are upset that a surveillance champion got connection chained through his 22 year old son.
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Alabama Getaway: Roy Moore's Little Toy Gun Trash

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bmaz
It is 2017 and here we are. Yep, the greatest country ever. The face of humanity. Elected leaders won't even admit global warming, much less try to fix it. Hell, they don't even want the gays to have wedding cakes. "Creative" book schemers like…