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Contractor Charged With Leaking Classified Data On Russian Election Hacking

Federal charges were announced less than an hour after The Intercept published a top-secret document from the National Security Agency that described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and send “spear-phishing” emails, or targeted emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data, to more than 100 local election officials days before the presidential election last November.

June 5, 2017
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina Ohio

Senior Democrat: ‘No Doubt’ Russia Behind Hacks On U.S. Election Systems

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he doubts hackers could falsify vote tallies to affect the election outcome. Officials and experts have said the decentralized and outdated nature of U.S. voting technology makes such hacks more unlikely.

October 3, 2016

Exclusive: Probe Of Leaked NSA Hacking Tools Examines Operative’s ‘Mistake’

A federal investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer — and Russian hackers found them.

September 22, 2016
Eric Holder

Eric Holder Has Changed His Mind About Edward Snowden

Holder was the head of the Justice Department when the leak occurred. Back then, he maintained that Snowden had to return home and plead guilty, and that the Obama White House was not willing to consider “the notion of clemency.”

May 31, 2016

Breaking the Code of Independence: A Spinster’s Rich Life

Let Caracristi’s life speak to an arc of independence. Contrary to popular myth, it’s no tragedy.

March 5, 2016

Firm That Vetted Snowden In $30 Million Settlement With U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that the settlement with USIS and its parent company, Altegrity Inc, will resolve claims that the firm failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with its background investigations.

August 19, 2015
Rand Paul

Rand Paul Takes To Senate Floor To Block NSA Surveillance Measure

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) spoke out against a National Security Agency spying program on the Senate floor.

May 20, 2015

Republicans Only Oppose NSA When ‘Big Brother’ Isn’t Them

Let’s cut to the chase: If Big Brother wants you, he’s got you, Act 215 telephone “metadata” notwithstanding. This disconcerting fact of modern life has been true more or less since the invention of the camera, the microphone and the tape recorder. See the excellent German film The Lives of Others for details. The Stasi […]

January 29, 2014

Snowden In Charm Offensive In Brazil’s Press

Brasília (AFP) – U.S. leaker Edward Snowden said in a TV interview here that he would accept asylum in Brazil if offered, but not if it were in exchange for information about U.S. intelligence. Snowden, in an interview broadcast late Sunday on the news show “Fantastico” on Globo TV network, also criticized the panel that […]

December 23, 2013