Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Friday, November 16, 2018, 1:26 PM

The Justice Department may have inadvertently revealed sealed charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Seamus Hughes of GW’s Project on Extremism discovered on Thursday night a motion filed in an unrelated case on Aug. 22 that contained information on someone named Assange against whom a charging document had to be filed under seal, reports the Times.

North Korea’s official news media reported on Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had tested a new tactical weapon, marking the first time since last November that Kim Jong Un had a publicized visit to a weapons test site, says the Times. The report did not specify further details about the weapon.

An international tribunal declared for the first time that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide against the Muslim Cham people and ethnic Vietnamese during the reign of Pol Pot more than four decades ago, reports the Times.

On Friday morning, a federal judge ordered the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta a, reports the Washington Post. The White House revoked Acosta’s security pass after a heated exchange between him and President Trump last week.

The U.S. has levied sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi under the Magnitsky Act, one day before the ninth anniversary of the day the law’s namesake, Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, was found dead in a Russian prison. The sanctions came hours after the Saudi public prosecutor announced that he would seek the death penalty against five of the accused, says the Times. A senior administration official said that further U.S. action against Saudi leaders is unlikely.

Eight United Nations peacekeepers and at least a dozen Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in the northeast region of the Democratic Republic of Congo amid a devastating Ebola outbreak, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Megan Reiss analyzed the ways that President Trump’s “Game of Thrones” memes are detrimental to necessary US alliances in Europe.

Sarah Grant provided a comprehensive summary of last week at the military commissions, specifically the trial of al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.

Henry Farrell and Bruce Schneier explained why disinformation campaigns that provide stability in Russia are destabilizing in the United States.

Paul Rosenzweig flagged Emmanuel Macron’s opening remarks at the Internet Governance Forum and Macron’s support for international internet regulations.

Mikhaila Fogel shared Judge Dabney Friedrich’s denial of a Russian company’s motion to dismiss charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. put forth by special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year.

Matthew Waxman reviewed Michael Beschloss’s new book, “Presidents of War.”

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