Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:22 PM

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested in London pursuant to a U.S. extradition request and charged for conspiracy to commit computer fraud in connection with Chelsea Manning’s disclosure of classified material, the Washington Post reports. Lawfare shared the newly-unsealed indictment, returned by a Virginia federal grand jury in 2018.

The Justice Department announced the indictment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig for lying to investigators from the department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit, the New York Times details. The indictment, resulting from an investigation that originated in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, is available on Lawfare in full.

Following months of mass protests, long-time Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested by the military, which announced that a military transitional council would rule for two years, according to Reuters.

The European Union agreed to extend the Brexit deadline to October 31, the BBC reports.

American Media Inc. is seeking to sell the National Enquirer, the tabloid involved in President Donald Trump’s payment of hush money to women who alleged affairs with him, the Post details.

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Benjamin Wittes challenged Attorney General Bill Barr’s statements during Wednesday’s Senate hearing on supposed “spying” by the FBI on the Trump campaign.

Quinta Jurecic and Wittes offered nine suggestions for the press in preparation of the release of the Mueller report. Mikhaila Fogel shared an edition of the Lawfare Podcast Shorts featuring Jurecic’s reading the article in-full.

Shibley Telhami and Stella M. Rouse analyzed new polling data on American public opinion of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Evelyn Douek evaluated Australia’s new law instituting criminal liability and fines for social media companies that fail to remove violent content.

Cameron Kerry proposed language for data collection standards that should be included in any future federal privacy law.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of Rational Security in which Scott Anderson, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed the departures of Homeland Security department leadership, the IRGC terrorist designation and more.

Jessica Zhang wrote on the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Hamama v. Adducci and its implications for immigrants seeking beas relief during removal proceedings.

Elena Chachko unpacked the Trump administration’s increasing reliance on targeted sanctions in light of its against against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and International Criminal Court investigators.

Lev Sugarman shared two livestreams: a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Attorney General, and a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing featuring the testimony of Barr.

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