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Reax to the 'Memo': 'Headed Down a Dangerous Path'

Trump declassifies Nunes memorandum, frenetic spin on both sides ensues

(Newser) - Citing "extraordinary" circumstances, the much-anticipated GOP memo on alleged FBI surveillance abuse was given the all-clear Friday by the White House, which declassified the memo without redactions "in light of the significant public interest" in it, per a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes. At the... More »

Clinton Aide Allegedly Offered FBI a Deal to Declassify Email

Allegation raised in new release of FBI documents

(Newser) - The latest release of FBI documents on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has revealed what Donald Trump calls "felony corruption." According to the documents, FBI employees told investigators that State Department official Patrick Kennedy had pressured them to change their finding that one of the emails... More »

Obama May Release Top-Secret 9/11 Pages

Ex-senator leading push to declassify says 'all the evidence' points to Saudis

(Newser) - It's long been speculated that Saudi Arabia played a major role in 9/11, and the so-called "28 pages" that have been locked up for years in the Capitol's basement may soon shed light on the matter if they are released by President Obama—a move that's... More »

Papers From Osama Raid Listed More Planned Attacks

One letter at trial: attacking US "in its heartland ... has the most significance"

(Newser) - US prosecutors yesterday presented declassified al-Qaeda documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot. The al-Qaeda documents, read by the FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of... More »

NSA Xmas Gift: Decade's Worth of Declassified Docs

Reports show numerous instances of 'unintentional technical or human error'

(Newser) - While many people were wrapping presents and prepping for holiday dinners, the NSA did its own holiday sharing on Christmas Eve: The agency released 10 years' worth of declassified documents, Mashable reports. The materials, which covered a period from the middle of 2001 through early 2013, are the heavily redacted... More »

CIA Releases 6 Oldest Classified Documents

They mostly deal with 'secret writing'

(Newser) - If you have a hankering to act the part of a WWI spy, no problem: You'll just need 5 drams of copper acetol arsenate, 3 ounces of acetone, a pint of amyl alcohol—oh, and you can't inhale the fumes as you're heating up the concoction. But... More »

Obama Moves to Declassify US Secrets

More than 400M pages could be declassified after prez order

(Newser) - More than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents could be declassified as the federal government responds to President Obama's order to rethink the way it protects the nation's secrets. Among the changes Obama announced yesterday is a requirement that every record be released eventually and that federal agencies review... More »

CIA Denies Cheney Request for Torture Docs

Bush-era order on docs under pending litigation stymies ex-VP

(Newser) - The CIA today denied Dick Cheney’s request that documents possibly proving the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques be declassified, MSNBC reports. An executive order “excludes from review information that is the subject of pending litigation,” the CIA said. The two documents “contain information that falls into... More »

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