Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Friday, July 12, 2019, 3:26 PM

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller offered to delay his congressional testimony, scheduled for July 17, by one week as part of negotiations with lawmakers, the Washington Post reports.

On Friday, Turkey accepted delivery of Russian missile defense systems, a purchase which has caused tensions with the U.S. and other NATO member-states, according to NPR. The U.S. is likely to respond by refusing to sell Turkey the F-35 fighter jet.

The Chinese government announced it would impose sanctions on U.S. companies participating in a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which was recently approved by the U.S. State Department, Reuters writes.

An advisory opinion by the Federal Election Commission allows cybersecurity company, Area 1 Security, to provide its discounted services to 2020 presidential candidates campaigns, the Times says. Without the decision, the discounts offered by Area 1 could have constituted illegal campaign contributions.

President Trump criticized Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project on Thursday, saying that there is only “one real currency” in the U.S. and that the company might need to submit itself to heightened banking regulation, the Post reports.

Thirty-two million dollars disappeared from a cryptocurrency exchange in Tokyo after what is believed to be a malicious hack, the exchange has since suspended its operations, the Guardian writes.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Tamar Hostovsky Brandes and Idit Shafran Gittleman explored how a controversial decision from the Israeli Supreme Court which could test its ability to withstand political attacks.

Preston Lim shared a news round-up of Canadian national security issues.

Vishnu Kannan examined recent reporting on U.S. Cyber Command’s actions against Iranian targets.

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