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Did GRU Learn that Democrats Had Hired Christopher Steele When They Hacked DNC's Email Server?

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emptywheel
The timeline laid out in the GRU indictment adds one more channel via which Russians may have learned that the Democrats had hired Christopher Steele to collect HUMINT on Russia's support for Trump: via stolen emails.
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A Warning about Hype Surrounding the Manafort Tax Evasion Trial

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emptywheel
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 MalwareTech Case Resets to Zero: A Dialogue Wherein the Government Repeats "YouTube" Over and Over

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emptywheel
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!"
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The Info Ops Unit at GRU, Not the Technical Hacking Unit, Hacked the State Boards of Election Servers

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emptywheel
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.
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The Worm Turns: Neither Devin Nunes Nor Ron DeSantis (Thus Far) Support Jim Jordan's Impeachment Bid

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emptywheel
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.
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BREAKING! NYT Discovers Tweets They Discovered 3 Months Ago

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emptywheel
Maggie and Mike rehash a story the NYT broke in April, all so Rudy can dismiss the seriousness of the Mueller investigation again.
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Journalist Records from the "Last Five Years"

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emptywheel
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.
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Twenty Comey Questions Do Not Eliminate Trump's Obstruction Exposure

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emptywheel
Contrary to what Rudy Giuliani has journalists credulously repeating, Trump is exposed to obstruction charges for more than just his firing of Jim Comey.
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Denial and Deception: Did Trump Really Hire and Fire the Suspected Russian Assets on His Campaign?

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emptywheel
Carter Page's incoherent ramblings may not actually be denial and deception. But Donald Trump's (and Paul Manafort's) sure look to be. 

Democracy Against Capitalism: Neoliberalism

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Ed Walker
The rise of neoliberalism from a different perspective.
[Photo: Emily Morter via Unsplash]

Get Carter, Redux

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Rayne
Oh great, 412 pages to read, crazy-pants interview to watch, Twitter threads and blog posts to peruse, and now a timeline to check. Damn you, Page -- as if I had nothing better to do this week. This is an open thread.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

Keith Gartenlaub Wonders Why He Can't Get the Carter Page Treatment

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emptywheel
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.
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Christopher Steele Probably Saved Carter Page from Prosecution

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emptywheel
I think the problems with the Steele dossier and how the FBI used it are probably the biggest reason why FBI hasn't put all the evidence they have showing Carter Page was happy to work for the Russians in an indictment.
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Three Things: Still Active Measures

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Rayne
It's interesting how certain narratives are pushed when tensions rise. But are they really theories or conditioning? What other conditioning might happen if media infrastructure changed? This is an open thread.
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Radical Socialism or Clear-Eyed Realism?

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Rayne
Is it really all that radical to want to form a more perfect union by establishing economic and social justice? This is an open thread.
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The Government May Keep Paul Manafort's iPods (in Part) Because of the June 9 Emails

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emptywheel
The redacted sections of Amy Berman Jackson's order ruling the search of Paul Manafort's condo proper strongly suggest she used the June 9 meeting as one basis to permit the government to keep Manafort's iPods.
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And/Or: An Ominous Sign for WikiLeaks in the Joshua Schulte Indictment

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emptywheel
Rather than accuse Joshua Schulte of leaking CIA's hacking tools to WikiLeaks know just that it would hurt the US, DOJ accused him of knowingly helping another nation.
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