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Islamic State-Linked Coup Against Indonesian President Is Backed by Trump Allies, Report Says

According to The Intercept, supporters of the coup movement include Donald Trump political supporter Fadli Zon and business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo (commonly known as Hary Tanoe).

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Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Apr 12, 2017 ENLARGE    



Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation

Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

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We Need to Stop Treating Michael Hayden as an Arbiter of Truth

Making the former NSA chief and CIA director the go-to expert on Trump’s relationship with intelligence agencies is misguided; Harvard students are developing an anti-Trump “Resistance School”; why octopuses are “aliens living on earth.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE



The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate

In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE


Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia

The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



Rand Paul Charges That the NSA Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

Warrantless surveillance of foreigners is being used by the National Security Agency “to get to Americans,” the Kentucky senator says.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 11, 2017 ENLARGE


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink

If you’re thinking of diving into the “intelligence community’s” latest quadrennial report on the future, I’ve done you an enormous favor and read it for you.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



Another Demand for Proof That Alleged Russian Hacking Aided Trump Campaign

More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans call on President Obama to release the evidence or admit that validation is lacking.

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Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data

The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?

The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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Experts Aren’t Convinced by FBI and Homeland Security Report on Alleged Russian Hacking

Among the skeptics are veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower William Binney and a former vice president of security at Amazon.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE



Snowden Leak Suggests the NSA Could Prove Identity of DNC Hackers

“If the NSA could use signals intelligence to track a specific hack of an American email account in 2005, it’s not too much to assume that, 10 years later, the agency possesses the same or better capability,” writes Sam Biddle at The Intercept.

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Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats

The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets but Won’t Brief Electors?

A new poll shows majority public support for delaying Monday’s Electoral College vote.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



William Binney, Ray McGovern and Other Intel Experts Call Russian Hacking Allegations ‘Baseless’

In a letter published on Consortium News regarding claims that Russia interfered in the recent U.S. elections, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity offered a powerful rebuke of the narrative being spread.

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Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE


Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles

Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power

An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



Yahoo Spied on Customers’ Email at the U.S. Government’s Request

The news proves “the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA’s tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world’s data,” say rights groups.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t

Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden

The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein: ‘If Elected President I Will Immediately Pardon Edward Snowden’

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is promising, if she is elected, to pardon the NSA whistleblower, whose revelation of secret government spying ruled illegal by federal judges “was among the most important in US history.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Calls the Hack of NSA Hackers by ‘Shadow Brokers’ a Significant Turn in the Spy Wars

Calling a leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, the whistleblower says things “could get messy fast.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Getting Down to Business

The national mood is charged with tension and anticipation, and this latest roundup of notable and quotable comments certainly picked up on it.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price

Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Government Renews Its Assault on Privacy

And this time there’s “much less public scrutiny,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press

The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Tells Vice News All About the ‘State of Surveillance’

Vice Media founder Shane Smith traveled to Moscow to learn from the NSA whistleblower exactly what the U.S. government is able to do to bypass security on our digital devices and violate our privacy.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Declassified Documents Confirm That Edward Snowden Tried to Tell the NSA About Surveillance Concerns

Internal records obtained by Vice News show that the agency “did not tell the public the whole story about Snowden’s contacts with oversight authorities before he became the most celebrated and vilified whistleblower in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Intercept Expands Public Access to the Snowden Archive With Release of SIDtoday Files

In order to make possible a fuller exploration of the U.S. government’s activities in the post-9/11 era, The Intercept on Monday began publishing more of the source material leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible

In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


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