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Breitbart Editor Explains His Wiretapping Story

Joel Pollak wrote piece after hearing radio's Mark Levin lay out theory

(Newser) - As the Trump wiretapping hubbub continues to hover, NBC's Chuck Todd has offered some insight on where the president may have come up with his theory. On Wednesday's Meet the Press Daily, Todd chatted with Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak , author of a connect-the-dots piece on the site... More »

Intel Chief: 'Clearly President Was Wrong' on Wiretap

Devin Nunes says HIC has found no evidence for Trump's claims

(Newser) - Within a half-hour span on the morning of March 4, President Trump laid out a stunning series of tweets that made some serious accusations : namely, that then-President Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower shortly before the election. On Wednesday, the head of the House Intelligence Committee offered that... More »

Conway Brings Up 'Spying' Microwaves, Media Pounce

Says she was talking about surveillance in general after media claw at comments

(Newser) - She may have been speaking from her home in New Jersey, but Kellyanne Conway put the focus back on NYC's Trump Tower on Sunday. In an interview with the Bergen County Record , Conway was asked about President Trump's allegations that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration,... More »

WH Rep: Trump Hasn't Budged, Believes He Was Wiretapped

Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets a lot of pushback from Stephanopoulos

(Newser) - The alleged wiretapping story inched forward—or backward, depending on your perspective—Monday morning by way of a Good Morning America interview with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She tells George Stephanopoulos she doesn't believe President Trump buys reports that FBI chief James Comey thinks the allegations are... More »

Obama Team Denies Trump's Claims About Wiretapping

Spokesperson says administration never wiretapped US citizens

(Newser) - A spokesperson for Barack Obama says President Trump's accusations about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower are "simply false," NBC News reports. "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen," Kevin Lewis says. The Obama camp wasn't the only... More »

Trump: Obama Wiretapped Me Nixon-Style

'Bad (or sick) guy!' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump started his Saturday with a series of extraordinary allegations against his predecessor. In a series of early-morning tweets , Trump accused Barack Obama of having his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower during the election campaign, the Guardian reports. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump tweeted . In... More »

Careful When Spurning Lover Who Can Wiretap Your Phone

A New York prosecutor is accused of doing just that

(Newser) - Be careful if you get involved with a high-ranking prosecutor; you never know what she might do if the relationship comes to a bad end. Brooklyn prosecutor Tara Lenich, 41, is accused of forging judges' signatures in order to tap the phone belonging to a married NYPD detective in whom... More »

Obama Looks to Wind Down NSA's Bulk Data Collection

Proposal leaves data with phone companies

(Newser) - President Obama wants the federal government to stop sucking up huge amounts of data on Americans' phone calls, administration officials tells the New York Times . The president—days away from his own deadline for revamping the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program —is set to roll out a proposal... More »

Feds: Sprint Overcharged Us for Wiretaps

Firm accused of bilking agencies for $21M upgrade

(Newser) - Telecommunications companies that assist government wiretappers are allowed to claim back "reasonable expenses"—but the federal government says Sprint Communications padded its bill to the tune of $21 million. In a lawsuit filed yesterday, the government accuses the firm of having "knowingly submitted false claims " to... More »

Turk PM in Hot Water Over Explosive Tapes With Son

Erdogan calls them fake, while opposition calls on him to resign

(Newser) - The prime minister of Turkey is furiously denouncing as fake a recording leaked online in which he and his son appear to discuss how to hide massive quantities of cash. In what Reuters describes as a "dramatic" parliament session, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the recordings were "a shameless... More »

Verizon, AT&T Make a Pretty Penny Off Wiretaps

Government pays Verizon $500 a month to eavesdrop on a line

(Newser) - If you think your cellphone bill is bad, just be thankful you're not the snoops at the FBI or NSA. Tapping a single Verizon customer's phone costs the government $775 for the first month, and $500 for each month thereafter, while AT&T charges a $325 "activation... More »

FBI Pushes for Easier Online Snooping

White House expected to back surveillance expansion

(Newser) - In a shift expected to spark a major debate on Internet freedom, the White House is leaning toward granting the FBI's wish to make it easier to eavesdrop on online communications, insiders tell the New York Times . The FBI, which argues that advances in technology are causing its ability... More »

Feds Look to Make Facebook, Google Allow Wiretaps

Privacy advocates slam proposal

(Newser) - Feds are working on a proposal to push big online companies to comply with government wiretapping orders. Under the measure, which hasn't yet gained White House approval, the likes of Google and Facebook would be fined increasing amounts if they refused to submit to the orders, the Washington Post... More »

Russia Finally Reveals Why Tamerlan Worried Them

New information could have prompted further FBI investigation: AP

(Newser) - Russian officials have finally revealed what fueled mounting concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev : After they wiretapped his phone, they caught him talking about jihad with his mother in 2011. In another recorded conversation, mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke to a person in southern Russia who is the subject of a separate FBI... More »

Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence... More »

Dad Charged in 4 Honor Killings Said He'd Do It Again

Parents, son accused of killing three teen daughters

(Newser) - A father accused of killing his three teenage daughters and his first wife was recorded voicing his disgust with his "treacherous" daughters and saying he would kill them again even if they came back to life a hundred times. The wiretap evidence was played at the trial of Mohammad... More »

Watchdog: Google Buzz Skirted Wiretap Laws

Group files complaint with FTC, wants more changes

(Newser) - A watchdog group has filed a formal complaint with the FTC over Google’s much-derided launch of Buzz. The Electronic Privacy Information Center wants the FTC to order more sweeping protections than Google itself has subsequently unveiled, and it suggests the search giant violated wiretapping laws. More »

Cop: O'Keefe Wanted to Cut Phone Lines, Not Tap Them

They wanted to test Landrieu's out-of-touch reputation

(Newser) - James O'Keefe and his crew of intruders did not intend to tap Mary Landrieu’s phones, but rather disrupt service and gauge the office’s response to being cut off from constituents, a law enforcement official tells MSNBC . They were motivated by allegations that constituents had a hard time getting... More »

Look Out, Wall Street: Feds Using Wiretaps Now

Insider trading case against Galleon is first to use the tactic

(Newser) - The bad boys of Wall Street better watch their mouths. Federal prosecutors used wiretaps to make their case against hedge fund giant Raj Rajaratnam this week, and they plan to use them again in similar investigations. Wiretaps may be common when going after the mafia, say, or terrorists, but their... More »

Mukasey: Now's No Time to Weaken Patriot Act

Terror arrests show that national security needs trump privacy worries

(Newser) - The arrests last week of Najibullah Zazi and other terror suspects should make lawmakers think twice about making intelligence-gathering more difficult for those trying to keep America safe from terrorist attacks, writes Michael Mukasey. Congressional Democrats are considering imposing new requirements on Patriot Act provisions when they come up for... More »

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