The Complete Sarah Harrison Statement: Analysis

In case you (understandably) don’t want to click on Wikileaks. Analysis to follow. Tidbits, misstatements, and lies to follow: Do we know she’s really in Germany? There are no photos of this, only a statement posted to Wikileaks’ website. Was this meant to distract from the German parliament declining to interrogate Snowden earlier today? Harrison, ...

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Stroebele said Edward Snowden appeared healthy and cheerful during their meeting at an undisclosed location in Moscow. The German television network ARD, which accompanied Stroebele, said the Germans were taken to the meeting by unidentified security officials under “strict secrecy.” – on the pilgrimage to Edward Snowden, living secretly and under secure guard arranged by ...

The Most Worrying NSA Revelation Yet

It’s no secret I’ve shrugged at most of the revelations brought about by the documents Edward Snowden stole: most described legal programs doing things you’d expect the NSA to do — and in many cases exposed completely legitimate programs that should never be exposed. Now, however, Bart Gellman and Ashkan Soltani have published something truly ...

Throwing the Intelligence Community Under the Bus

Over at Beacon, I examine the latest outcry to the NSA doing its legally mandated job abroad and come to the conclusion that it’s being thrown under the bus. But perspective does not seem in generous supply in Washington. The political tide is shifting against the intelligence community, as more Congressman who until very recently publicly supported ...

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“And yet, the American media refuses to understand what American citizens understand quite well: particularly as to matters of American national security, the fact that people in other countries are opposed to what we are doing does not mean that what we are doing is misguided or wrong. That seems like a simple concept to ...

Quoted in the Verge

I’m quoted in this story in the Verge about reforming the NSA. I issue a challenge to Congress to follow through on some of its rhetoric about the Obama administration. But if Congress decided to crack down on the NSA, there’s plenty more they could do. Joshua Foust is a former intelligence analyst turned freelance ...

Leaks Are Not Trivial

British Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening some serious action against the Guardian: Cameron told the Commons during a statement on the EU Council: “We have a free press, it’s very important the press feels it is not pre-censored from what it writes and all the rest of it. “The approach we have taken is to ...

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None of this damage is due to the NSA programs that are the subjects of the leaks. All of the damage comes from the leaks themselves. Even if a foreign government somehow were to learn through its own capabilities of U.S. collection of signals intelligence aimed at its agencies or leaders, its response would be ...

Interviewed: To the Point with Warren Olney

Earlier this week, I was interviewed on To the Point, with Warren Onley on NPR. We talked about the NSA and about Edward Snowden, and whether any of it makes sense from a high level. Audio is here.

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This is not just because of the obvious charge of hypocrisy, although that is there too. Many of those who shout the most about casualties from U.S. drone strikes rarely condemn so loudly the many more deaths of civilians as a result of Pakistan army operations in FATA or Taliban violence. Nor are they particularly ...