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FISA Is Not a Magic Word

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emptywheel
Even national security experts are wondering why the NYT didn't mention FISA orders in its story of investigations into Trump's associates. Here's why that's silly.

Ask Uncle Ed

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Ed Walker
It's a very bad thing to vote for racists.

One-Fifth of Documents Edward Snowden Stole Were Blank

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emptywheel
If people want to claim that Snowden stole 1.5 million documents, they should instead be claiming he stole 1.9 million documents, of which one-fifth were blank.
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On Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning's Commutation

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emptywheel
People are mocking Assange's claim that he might be willing to be extradited to the US in exchange for Chelsea Manning's commutation. But he may have new reasons to want to be in protective custody in the US.

12333 Info Sharing Working Thread

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emptywheel
This is my very weedy analysis of the new sharing procedures for EO 12333. I'll do a subsequent post that narrativizes these changes.
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Brennan Makes Even Crazier Plausible Deniability Claims about Trump Dossier

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emptywheel
A day after making the incorrect claim that the IC couldn't have leaked the Trump dossier because it was already out in the public domain, John Brennan is now making further claims to emphasize his plausible deniability.
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The Significance of the December 13 Trump Dossier Report

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emptywheel
John Brennan says the IC can't be held responsible for the leak of the Trump dossier because it was already out there. But that's not true of the final report in the dossier, which post-dates all known public circulation of the dossier.
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2017 Divisional Playoff Weekend Trash Talk

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bmaz
Thank you to Marcy for handling Trash Talk last weekend. That was one hell of a NCAA Championship game between Clemson and Alabama. I was at the 1997 Rose Bowl, which I thought previously was the greatest college football championship game I…
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The Trump Dossier Alleges DNC Insiders Were Involved in Anti-Clinton Operation

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emptywheel
The "oppo research" dossier against Trump claims that there were agents within the DNC. That would be consistent with something Assange has always claimed: that he got he documents from a DNC insider.

How Did the IC Allegedly Remain Unaware of a Dossier Widely Shopped in DC?

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emptywheel
James Clapper says the IC was the last to know about the kompromat dossier on Donald Trump. That's hard to believe.

Two Cautions on the Russian Hack of RNC Servers

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emptywheel
The apparent big takeaway from today's SSCI hearing on the Russia hack is that Russians targeted the RNC but not in the same concerted fashion as the DNC. But there are two details in the public record that might explain part of that.

The The Future of Work Part 3: An Example of Artificial Intelligence

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Ed Walker
Machine translation of written material between languages is getting better as techniques of artificial intelligence are applied to the problem. It's not too early to think about the prudential principle.

Wildcard Weekend, Kitties Prayers Welcome

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emptywheel
The Giants - Packers game will be the game of the weekend. The Lions - Seattle game? Sadly not so much.
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The Declassified Russian Hack Report

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emptywheel
The IC report on the Russian hacks is uneven. While I think the motives section is quite good, I think the media section is very poor. We get next to no details on the actual hacks; if they are as poor as the media section it doesn't bode well for the IC case.
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On the Joint Analysis Review, AKA the False Tor Node Positives Report

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emptywheel
The Joint Analysis Report released as part of the Russian hacking package has the effect of selectively burning a bunch of Tor nodes.
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On the DNC-FBI Spat Over the DNC Server

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emptywheel
The spat between the DNC and FBI over whether the latter should have obtained DNC's servers is mostly about bad blood. But that doesn't mean the FBI shouldn't have accessed the DNC server.