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White House Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennans Security Clearance

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that former CIA Director John Brennans security clearance is being revoked. Reading a statement from President Donald Trump, Sanders said his clearance was being taken away due to his erratic behavior that far exceeded the limits and far exceeded any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility, Sanders told reporters. High-level intelligence officials typically keep their clearances after they leave their agencies so that they can…

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CIA Chief Gina Haspel Goes Silent as Trump Attacks Her Patron

The director of the CIA is keeping her mouth shut while her boss, President Donald Trump, punishes her predecessor, John Brennan, for his vociferous criticism. Its an act that even a man who famously clashed with Brennan and his CIA calls appalling. Brennan, a career CIA official whom Barack Obama made the agencys director over substantial criticism from the political left, saw Trump take away his security clearance on Wednesday. Disconnected from any allegation, let alone evidence, that Brennan abused his clearance, Trumps maneuver struck many intelligence observers and former…

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Taking Away John Brennan’s Clearance Threatens National Security

In a move that has shocked career national security officials, President Trump stripped former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance this week, and announced he was considering doing so for a host of others. The move so enraged retired Navy Admiral William McRaven—the man who oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden—that he wrote an op-ed telling Trump to revoke his clearance too, in solidarity with Brennan. But what the general public might not realize is that cutting off Brennan and others has more than just symbolic cost.…

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Security News This Week: The Biggest DDoS For Hire Site Goes Down

WIRED tackled the big questions in security this week, starting with maybe the biggest: Why do so many people use "dragon" as their password? The answer actually says a lot about the psychology of passwords, and how those popular password lists are made in the first place. And there's a whole lot more. Another surprising discovery? Why it makes at least some sense that Atlanta paid $2.6 million to recover from a ransomware attack that had demanded only $52,000. A less surprising one? That MSNBC host Joy Reid is far…

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Worldwide Threats Briefing: 5 Takeaways, From Russia to China

On Tuesday, the heads of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and ODNI—America's intelligence community brain trust—gathered before members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss various worldwide threats. And while most of the topics were familiar, the hearing also included a few revelatory moments, insights into fears that were either detailed or confirmed. The following doesn't comprise every single morsel shared by NSA chief Mike Rogers, CIA head Mike Pompeo, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday. But it does take a closer…

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Former CIA agent launches GoFundMe to purchase Twitter and ban Trump

Valerie Plame Wilson, a former undercover CIA agent, is tired of what many see as the president’s reckless use of Twitter. So, she started a GoFundMe with a very specific goal for its $1 billion dollar target. “Let’s #BuyTwitter and #BanTrump,” the page says. “There’s a real danger that Trump’s tweets could actually start a nuclear war. Let’s delete his account before that happens”. We don’t need to wait until 2020 to shut him down. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump https://t.co/HhbaHSluTx — Valerie Plame Wilson (@ValeriePlame) August 23, 2017 The fundraiser, which was launched…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open…

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CIA director brands WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

Mike Pompeo said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange portrays himself as a crusader but in fact helps enemies of the United States, including Russia Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has branded WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence service, saying it threatens democratic nations and joins hands with dictators. In his first public remarks since becoming chief of the US spy agency in February, Pompeo focused on the group and other leakers of classified information like Edward Snowden as one of the key threats facing the United States. WikiLeaks walks like a…

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