Tensions between the United Kingdom and Germany may be on the rise as a result of Germany’s ongoing parliamentary inquiry into foreign spying
. The Telegraph explains
that the parliamentary official charged with heading the investigation, Mr. Patrick Sensburg, believes that his phone has been hacked by British intelligence services.
In other spying news, new Snowden documents reveal that New Zealand has been listening in on Indonesia its Pacific Island neighbors
. Reuters tells us
that the small island country has shared information about countries like Fiji and the Solomon Islands with its allies, including the United States.
News continues to swirl around Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account and server during her tenure as Secretary of State
. The New York Times traces
the evolution of Ms. Clinton’s private email capabilities, the possible justifications for them. Mashable points
out that most cyber experts do not agree as to how secure Ms. Clinton’s private server is. And, according to the AP, it seems the Benghazi door is being reopened
in light of the new email scandal.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter may already be running into problems within his own agency
. The Daily Beast reports
that Secretary Carter is none-too-pleased about military officials telling the press that the U.S. and Iraqi led coalition in Syria would be ready to reclaim major ISIS strongholds as early as this April. According to Secretary Carter, those reports may have been too optimistic.
As our readers will be aware, former CIA Director David Petraeus has pled guilty to leaking classified information
on to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell. There are some who think that Petraeus is getting off relatively easy, like the Los Angeles Times
Editorial Board; it argues
that a “double-standard” has been created for Petraeus and that the former intelligence chief should be facing jail time.
A man is in custody after firing shots at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland on Tuesday
. The shooter did not do any damage, and it’s still unclear if he knew what he was shooting at. The Verge
has the details
Democrats in Congress have taken a step back on intervening with Iran’s nuclear program until after the March 24 negotiation deadlines between Iran and the United States
. President Obama’s administration feared that any Congressional activity to review a deal with Iran would stall or even halt the ongoing negotiations, so the effective “freeze,” put in place by nine Democratic senators and one Independent, will give the negotiation parties a bit more time to come to an agreement. The Times
has the story
The Military Times reports
that there will be 41,000 jobs opening to women in special operations units
of the Army, National Guard and Army Reserve. The positions had previously been open to “men only” but that restriction has now been lifted.
The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea was attacked in Seoeul yesterday
. CNN reports
that Ambassador Mark Lippert is in stable condition after being slashed with a knife. The Korean present, Park Geun-hye was quick to condemn the act of violence, calling it not an attack on one man, but against the “South Korea – U.S. alliance.”
ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare
Yishai and Jennifer released the newest installment of our Middle East Ticker
Paul offered his opinion
on the Hillary email situation, arguing that it might not be such a big deal after all, but admitted that we can’t be sure just yet.
Paul also highlighted the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Patel v. Los Angeles to rebuff
the argument that the EU cares more about privacy that the US.
Jack gave us a quick and dirty review
of Bruce Schneier’s new book, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
. Buy it here
Bobby introduced our newest series
, the Intelligence Studies Essay. Professor Stephen Slick of The University Texas-Austin penned
the first installment, on “Lessons that NCTC Holds for CTIIC.”
And, the 56th
episode of the Steptoe Cyerlaw Podcast is out, featuring an interview with Siobhan Gorman, formerly of the Wall Street Journal
and now at the Brunswick Group.
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