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August 16, 2019
Charlie Savage / New York Times

Charlie Savage / New York Times  
Trump Administration Acknowledges NSA Shuttered Call Records Program But Wants to Revive It Along With Making Three Other Surveillance Authorities Permanent

The Trump administration acknowledged that the National Security Agency (NSA) program that sifts records of Americans’ telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists has been shut down. However, in a letter to Congress Dan Coats, outgoing Director of National Intelligence urged lawmakers to make permanent the legal authority for the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic communications, the USA Freedom Act.  In one of his last acts as the director of National Intelligence, Coats said the NSA has indefinitely shut down that program after recurring technical difficulties repeatedly caused it to collect more records than it had the legal authority to gather. Mr. Coats also said the administration supported makings permanent three other surveillance authorities primarily used by the F.B.I. that are also set to expire in mid-December. These provisions allow investigators to get court orders to collect business records relevant to a national security investigation, wiretap “lone wolf” terrorists without links to a foreign power, and keep wiretapping someone suspected of being a spy or a terrorist who switches phone lines in an effort to evade surveillance.

May 24, 2019
Charlie Savage / New York Times

Charlie Savage / New York Times  
U.S. Indicts Julian Assange on 17 Counts of Violating Espionage Act in Case That Raises Profound First Amendment Fears of Government Intrusion on a Free Press

In a case that has roiled journalists and First Amendment lawyers because it raises profound issues of government intrusion on First Amendment rights, Wikileaks leaders and co-founder Julian Assange has been indicted by the Justice Department on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents in 2010. The new charges raise the legal stakes for Assange who has already been indicted on an earlier hacking-related count brought by federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia. Legal experts and free speech advocates are raising the alarm bells that this latest indictment against the former but now disgraced and widely despised government transparency activist could open the door to criminalizing activities that are crucial to American investigative journalists who write about national security matters. The case focuses on Mr. Assange’s role in the leak of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and military files by the former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, with prosecutors arguing that the publication of sensitive government documents cultivated from a source without government authorization, a bread-and-butter everyday activity for journalists across the globe, constitutes a crime. Top journalists and First Amendment legal experts fear this rationale could establish a precedent used to criminalize future acts of national-security journalism.

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Mashable : WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange charged under the Espionage Act
CBC : U.S. slaps WikiLeaks founder with 18-count indictment, says he published classified info
Bloomberg Politics: U.S. Alleges Assange Violated Espionage Act in Leaking Secrets
iTnews – Security: US unveils espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
VICE News: The DOJ Just Charged Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act
TechCrunch: WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom
POLITICO EU: US Justice Department accuses Assange of violating Espionage Act
Boing Boing: U.S. charges Julian Assange under Espionage Act
Cyberscoop: Julian Assange charged with 17 new criminal counts under Espionage Act
Zero Hedge: Assange Hit With Espionage Act Violations As DoJ Unveils 17 New Charges
POLITICO: DOJ accuses Assange of violating Espionage Act
Vox: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange indicted on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act
The Sun: Julian Assange ‘faces 170 years in US jail’ after he’s charged with espionage for publishing secret information on WikiLeaks
Los Angeles Times : Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, faces 17 more charges in new U.S. indictment
The Verge: Julian Assange is facing 17 new criminal charges
Slashdot : Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures
Engadget: US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act
VOA News : US Charges WikiLeaks Founder With Violating Espionage Act
iTnews – Security: US unveils espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Bloomberg Politics: U.S. Alleges Assange Violated Espionage Act in Leaking Secrets
The Register : WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet (The Register)
WIRED: The Julian Assange Espionage Act Charges Target Press Freedom
Zero Hedge: Assange Hit With Espionage Act Violations As DoJ Unveils 17 New Charges
DataBreachToday.com: Assange Indicted in US Under Espionage Act
emptywheel: The Three Theories of Prosecution for Julian Assange
Techdirt: New Assange Indictment Makes Insane, Unprecedented Use Of Espionage Act On Things Journalists Do All The Time
Just Security: Indictment of Assange for Espionage Directly Threatens Press Freedoms
ZDNet Security: United States rolls out new 18-count indictment on Assange
TechCrunch: WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom
PogoWasRight : WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Superseding Indictment
Cyber Defense Magazine: BREAKING NEWS: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Superseding Indictment
Engadget: US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act
The Verge: Julian Assange is facing 17 new criminal charges
Law & Disorder – Ars Technica: New Assange indictment adds 17 espionage charges
The New Daily: Julian Assange faces new 17 new US espionage charges
New York Times: Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues
POLITICO EU: US Justice Department accuses Assange of violating Espionage Act
Financial Times: Assange charged in US with violating Espionage Act
Cyberscoop: Julian Assange charged with 17 new criminal counts under Espionage Act
Cyberscoop: Julian Assange charged with 17 new criminal counts under Espionage Act
VICE News: The DOJ Just Charged Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act
TIME: U.S. Charges WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange With Receiving and Publishing Classified Information
Boing Boing: U.S. charges Julian Assange under Espionage Act
Axios: Julian Assange indicted on 17 new counts under Espionage Act
Vox: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange indicted on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act


May 1, 2019
Charlie Savage / New York Times

Charlie Savage / New York Times  
NSA Unmasking Requests Soared in 2018, Agency Points to Number of Americans Targeted By Foreign Hackers As Partial Cause

Intelligence officials asked the National Security Agency (NSA) to unmask the identities of Americans in surveillance-based intelligence reports 16,721 times last year, a jump of 75% over 9,529 such unmaskings in 2017, according to a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). An ODNI spokesperson said that one factor in the surge of unmaskings was that a handful of reports in 2018 contained numerous identifiers of Americans or American businesses that malicious hackers abroad had targeted. The report also found that the number of foreigners targeted for warrantless surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act also increased substantially, climbing to 164,770 targets up from 129,080 in 2017.