Over at The Intercept, Peter Maass complains that the plea deal for David Petraeus is "yet another example of a senior official treated leniently for the sorts of violations that lower-level officials are punished severely for."
Latest in Secrecy: Leaks Prosecutions
David Sanger and Martin Fackler write in the NYT that the NSA “drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies,” and also placed malware in North Korean
I think I am unusual among former government officials in arguing that the publication of national security secrets can promote democracy and good government. Such publications are often costly, sometimes very costly, to national security – more so than is generally realized. But as I wrote in Power and Constraint, “it does not follow that the media’s pursuit of government secrets is bad for American society, or even for national security, all things co
The ODNI Tumblr site today posted April 2013 e-mail correspondence between Edward Snowden and the NSA's Office of General Counsel---the only such correspondence NSA says it has found.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of the indispensable Necessary Secrets, has a new essay in Hoover’s Emerging Threats series entitled “Secrecy, Leaks, and Selective Prosecution.” He offers this description of the essay:
Why Kinsley is Wrong About the Connection Between Democracy and the Publication of National Security Secrets
Michael Kinsley, in his review of Glenn Greenwald’s book, made the following claims about leaks of national security secrets:
On Friday I said that on a quick read, the Obama administration’s new pre-publication review policy seemed "overbroad to the point of practically unenforceable.” Friday afternoon, as Marty Lederman noted, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence distributed a memorandum that sought to clarify that the new policy was being interpreted more broadly than was intended.
Charlie Savage reports:
The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures.
The National Security Agency has developed the capability to mine the thought patterns of millions of people simultaneously, collection that may involve thousands of Americans, according to the latest disclosure from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.