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Friday, May 13, 2022

The US justice department secretly issued a subpoena to gain access to details of the phone account of a Guardian reporter as part of an aggressive leak investigation into media stories about an official inquiry into the Trump administration's child separation policy at the southern border.



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...Leak investigators issued the subpoena to obtain the phone number of Stephanie Kirchgaessner, the Guardian's investigations correspondent in Washington. The move was carried out without notifying the newspaper or its reporter, as part of an attempt to ferret out the source of media articles about a review into family separation conducted by the Department of Justice's inspector general, Michael Horowitz.

It is highly unusual for US government officials to obtain a journalist's phone details in this way, especially when no national security or classified information is involved. The move was all the more surprising in that it came from the DoJ's inspector general's office -- the watchdog responsible for ethical oversight and whistleblower protections....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-13 11:25 AM | Reply

Tangentially related...

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

...A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement operations....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-13 11:28 AM | Reply

After years of OBAMA imaginary trampling the Constitution Trumps transparency is refreshing

- - - bellrung, (formally jeffyj)

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-05-13 12:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Tangentially related...

NSA Says No Backdoor' for Spies in New US Encryption Scheme

...As NIST prepares new encryption standards designed to withstand attacks by quantum computers.

The US government agency that develops standards for technology is due to announce the winners of a years-long contest to establish new encryption standards potentially capable of withstanding a futuristic technology that some fear will be able to break many codes: quantum computers.

The nation's top code-cracking agency, the National Security Agency, has been involved in parts of the process but insists it has no way of bypassing the new standards.

"There are no backdoors," said Rob Joyce, the NSA's director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency, in an interview. A backdoor enables someone to exploit a deliberate, hidden flaw to break encryption. An encryption algorithm developed by the NSA was dropped as a federal standard in 2014 amid concerns that it contained a backdoor.

The prospect of quantum computers includes being able to solve mathematical problems that normal computers can't resolve, a potentially incredible feat. But it's also one that the White House fears could allow the encrypted data that girds the U.S. economy -- and national security secrets -- to be hacked. ...

Anyone in the market for a bridge?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-13 01:29 PM | Reply

Republicans are always super interested in uncovering who told everyone about the horrible things they're doing. The real scandal in their eyes is when their secrets get out.

Just look at madison cawthorne. The only thing you can do wrong in the republican party is spill secrets. Just like the mafia.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-05-13 09:47 PM | Reply

"The real scandal in their eyes is when their secrets get out."

Yup. Just look at the "outrage" over the scotus "leak".

The actual substance of the "leak" is not that important and doesn't even seem to bother them. And they definitely don't want to talk about it.

(Until after the midterms.)

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-13 10:06 PM | Reply

Anyone in the market for a bridge?


How about a "stingray" cell tower? Might be a better deal.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-13 10:08 PM | Reply

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