Benjamin Wittes

Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books and is co-chair of the Hoover Institution's Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Special Edition: Memo #Released

On Friday, Rep. Devin Nunes, the House intelligence committee chairman, released a controversial and long-awaited memo alleging surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and FBI against Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. In this special edition of the Lawfare Podcast, Quinta Jurecic, Orin Kerr, David Kris and Benjamin Wittes unpack the memo, its charges, and what those charges mean for the Mueller investigation and the future of surveillance oversight.


Rational Security: The “State of the #Memo” Edition

Susan and I are away this week. But Shane, Tamara and Quinta hold down the fort. They discuss major developments in the Russia probe as House Republicans move to declassify a mysterious memo and the FBI’s No. 2 steps down. A new article reveals the inner workings of the Israeli spy machine. And smart watches are giving away US forces’ locations—while they’re jogging. Plus, Shane recommends Ronen Bergman’s new book on Israeli intelligence. And Tamara says, #ImWithVictor.

Intelligence Oversight

How to Handle an Intelligence Committee Chairman Gone Rogue

With the imminent release of the Nunes memo, the chairman's counterparts on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees face a thorny question: What should responsible intelligence committee leadership do when one of its own goes rogue—and goes rogue with the backing of a president whose concern for the matter is deeply self-interested?