Justice Department Weighs in Against Wells Fargo in a Whistle-Blower Suit

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/business/justice-department-weighs-in-against-wells-fargo-in-a-whistle-blower-suit.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The suit, which predates the sham-accounts scandal, involves two former bank employees who were fired after complaining about misdeeds they observed.

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Comey slams WikiLeaks as ‘intelligence porn’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/03/james-comey-wikileaks-intelligence-porn-237932

FBI Director James Comey slammed WikiLeaks as “intelligence porn” on Wednesday, accusing the anti-secrecy group of serving as a conduit for Russian and other foreign intelligence agencies to publish stolen information intended to damage the United States.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey was asked why the United States had not charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a crime. Comey said he had to be careful with his answer, because he did not want to confirm whether there were charges pending against Assange, but then responded: “He hasn’t been apprehended because he is inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”Assange, facing an extradition request from Sweden over allegations of sexual assault, has been granted asylum by Ecuador and holed up in the country’s London embassy since 2012.Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) pressed Comey to explain the difference between Wikileaks and legitimate journalism protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment.“To my mind it crosses a line when it moves from being about trying to educate a public and instead just becomes about intelligence porn, frankly, just pushing out information about sources and methods without regard to interests,” Comey responded.He added that “American journalists” who obtain classified information usually call the government before publishing to determine if any lives would be put in danger. “This activity I’m talking about WikiLeaks involves no such considerations whatsoever,” he said.Assange responded on Twitter, writing: “James Comey just mislead the Senate while under oath when said Wikileaks ‘doesn’t call us’. We did over #Vault7 and I know he knows it.”Vault 7 refers to large batches of information that WikiLeaks began publishing in March that revealed many of the CIA’s apparent hacking techniques.In his testimony on Wednesday, Comey also said he expected Russia, which the U.S. intelligence community believes provided WikiLeaks with stolen emails during the presidential election to damage Hillary Clinton, would continue trying to sway future U.S. elections.“I think one of the lessons that particularly the Russians may have drawn from this is that this works,” he said. “I expect to see them back in 2018, especially in 2020.”He called Russia “the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and capability,” to U.S. political systems.

Formerly Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/27/formerly-imprisoned-journalist-barrett-brown-taken-back-into-custody-before-pbs-interview/

Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary. Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear Wikileaks defenders and progressive activists. Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pled guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November. Jay Leiderman, Brown’s lawyer, told The Intercept Brown was arrested Thursday during a check-in. According to his mother, Brown had not missed a check-in or failed a drug test since he was released to a halfway house in November. Neither his mother or lawyer has been informed where he is being held. According to his mother, who spoke with Brown by phone after his arrest, Brown believes the reason for his re-arrest was a failure to obtain “permission” to give interviews to media organizations. Several weeks ago, Brown was told by his check-in officer that he needed to fill out permission forms before giving interviews. Since his release, Brown has given numerous interviews, on camera and by phone. But according to his mother, Brown said that the Bureau of Prisons never informed him about a paperwork requirement. When he followed up with his check-in officer, he was given a different form: a liability form for media entering prisons. Just last week, Brown was interviewed for two days by VICE news, and his PBS interview was set for Friday. Leiderman said he had not been presented with a formal justification for the arrest, but was told that it had “to do with failing to abide by BOP restrictions on interviews, which is disgusting.” Leiderman called the impromptu media restrictions “disgusting,” and said he believed the arrest was an act of reprisal for criticizing the government. “I would call the people who did this a bunch of chicken-shit assholes that are brutalizing the Constitution,” Leiderman said. Top photo: Journalist Barrett Brown is released from prison after a four year sentence. The post Formerly Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown Taken Back Into Custody Before PBS Interview appeared first on The Intercept.

CIA director labels WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/mike-pompeo-wikileaks-hostile-intelligence-service-237206

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday ripped into anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, calling it a “nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted” by hostile countries like Russia. “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service, and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” Pompeo said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in his first public remarks since becoming CIA chief. Last year, U.S. intelligence officials dubbed WikiLeaks a middleman for Russian intelligence services after it published thousands of pilfered Democratic Party emails. Pompeo, a former House lawmaker, also tore into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — whom he called, among other things, a “coward,” a “fraud” and a “narcissist” — as well as others who have leaked U.S. intelligence community secrets, such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Pompeo, who served on the House Intelligence Committee, said he chose to discuss those people because their efforts have “hindered” the intelligence community’s ability to protect the country. He said he wanted to make sure the American public “understood the threat they pose to us.” He added that the U.S. government has “not done nearly enough” to take down nonstate actors. Pompeo declined to address the authenticity of CIA hacking tools that WikiLeaks has posted on its website. Experts and former intelligence officials have told POLITICO the documents appear legitimate.