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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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Devin Nunes: A Running Timeline of His Odd Surveillance Claims and White House Ties

If you’d heard of representative Devin Nunes before this week, you’re either from his California district or you pay closer than average attention to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which he leads. In that capacity, Nunes also heads up the House investigation into Russian’s interference in last year’s presidential election, as well as any ties between Russia and Trump or his colleagues. But last week, Nunes grabbed far more headlines than usual. Wednesday, he held an extraordinary, impromptu news conference. President Trump and his associates, Nunes declared, had…

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Sorry, But Susan Rice Is Not Your Smoking Gun

This week, multiple news outlets reported that Susan Rice, former national security adviser to Barack Obama, had made several requests to unmask the names of Trump transition team members from intelligence reports, in order to reveal their redacted names. But while several politicians and pundits have called conspiracy, the reality is likely much more mundane. There’s no fire here. There’s barely any smoke. The uproar over the Rice reports—senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went so far as to call it a smoking gun—has escalated to the point that at least one…

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American Spies Now Have Their Very Own Smartphone App

Chris Rasmussen is an evangelist, and his message is crowdsourcing. As a career analyst inside the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Rasmussen’s sermons have been limited to a closed top-secret community. But this week, he’s going public with his most radical idea to date, in the form of a smartphone app for senior US intelligence officers. Called Tearline, the app is a wiki-style collaborative platform for reading and writing unclassified intelligence reports, complete with charts, comments, and updates. There are versions for mobile and desktop, Apple and Android alike. Anyone can download…

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