Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Coleman Saunders
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:56 PM

Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman arrested for lying to authorities while entering Mar-a-Lago was deemed a flight risk by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman and will remain jailed reported the Washington Post.

The House Intelligence Committee and the House Financial Services Committee issued a subpoena for President Trump’s business and personal financial records from Deutsche Bank, says the New York Times. According to the Times, this was part of a broader set of subpoenas issued to a variety of financial institutions pursuant to an investigation into possible money laundering in Europe and Russia.

Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seem to have disregarded demands by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for more flexibility in future nuclear talks, according to Reuters.

U.S. Africa Command announced that a U.S. airstrike targeted and killed a high-ranking Islamic State-Somalia official. In its statement, AFRICOM said the strike was carried out in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia’s “efforts to degrade violent extremist organizations.”

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Judd Devermont provided context on the White House’s efforts to address strategic threats to U.S. interests in sub-Saharan Africa arising from growing Chinese and Russian engagement on the continent.

Quinta Jurecic analyzed how the fall of WikiLeaks runs parallel to the rise and concerns over of online extremism and disinformation.

Stewart Baker shared a Cyberlaw Podcast discussing France’s approach to China’s trade strategy and more.

Mikhaila Fogel posted the affidavit in support of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Michael Fischerkeller and Richard Harknett countered Max Smeet’s analysis of shifts in U.S. approach to cyber warfare, arguing for a policy of engagement to set terms of “Agreed Competition” in cyberspace.

 

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