Pugs, Even When Golden, Are Awesome

Kaza­xia, the won­der­ful blog about Kaza­khstan, is giv­ing out its Golden Pug Awards for 2013. And I won! The Golden Pug Life­time Achieve­ment (Cen­tral Asia) Award This year’s Golden Pug Life­time Achieve­ment (Cen­tral Asia) Award goes to Joshua Foust, who has strode the world of Cen­tral Asian analy­sis like a colos­sus for many years. Now he […]

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Moving to Something New

As of Mon­day, I will no longer be a free­lance jour­nal­ist. I won’t be writ­ing much, if ever, about national secu­rity issues, either. In fact, I won’t even be in national secu­rity at all. I’ve decided to take a job as the com­mu­ni­ca­tions offi­cer at the Eura­sia Foun­da­tion, a fan­tas­tic NGO that does edu­ca­tion, civil soci­ety, and […]

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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, though […]

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Quote of the Day

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Quote of the Day

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 try […]

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Quote of the Day, II

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 […]

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