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Leaked Clip Reveals Trump's Thoughts on Biden, Harris

Former president calls Biden a 'broken-down pile of crap' from his golf cart

(Newser) - In the days since President Biden's alarming debate performance, former President Trump has "kept a low profile, leaving the focus on the drama engulfing the Democratic Party," per the AP . But on the golf course, where he apparently didn't realize he was being filmed, his thoughts...

Government Flips on Seizure of Reporters' Phone Records

It won't happen again, Justice Department says after Biden intervenes

(Newser) - After President Biden called the practice "simply wrong," the Justice Department announced Saturday that it will stop secretly seizing the records of reporters. The New York Times reported this week that it was informed by the administration this week that the phone records of four reporters were pulled...

United Airlines Investigating Who Spilled Beans on Ted Cruz

A travel reporter tweeted that he had a United source

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's initial Thursday statement about his Cancun trip painted it as a quick in-and-out, reports USA Today : "I flew down with [my daughters] last night and am flying back this afternoon." But Politico reports a journalist heard from someone at United Airlines that the senator had...

Intelligence Analyst Leaked Info to Journo He Was Dating: Feds

Henry Kyle Frese was arrested Wednesday

(Newser) - An unnamed journalist published at least six articles using classified information leaked by her romantic partner, authorities said Wednesday in announcing the arrest of Henry Kyle Frese. The 30-year-old counterterrorism analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency is also accused of sharing classified information with a second journalist at the urging...

Source Leaks Trump's Private Daily Schedules to Media

Axios reports that 60% of his time is unstructured 'executive time'

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of "executive time" in the White House—unstructured stretches in which he makes phone calls, has informal chats, watches cable news, etc.—and a new report makes clear just how fond he is. Axios reports that over the last three months, 60% of Trump'...

Reality Winner Makes Plea, Mother 'Disagrees Strongly'

But Winner 'will accept the consequences,' mom says

(Newser) - More than a year after her arrest, Reality Leigh Winner is pleading guilty. The former NSA contractor—who allegedly supplied the media with secret intel on Russians hacking US voting systems—planned to enter her plea agreement Friday in federal court, Engadget reports. "I do know that she has...

Senate Aide Allegedly Lied About Dating Reporter

James Wolfe charged with lying to FBI about 'New York Times' journalist Ali Watkins

(Newser) - A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with multiple reporters. James A. Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the committee—one of multiple congressional panels investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign—...

Trump Lawyers: President Can't Impede Justice, Because He Is Justice

The New York Times unveils their 20-page letter

(Newser) - Another day, another leak related to President Trump—and this one's a biggy. A 20-page letter acquired by the New York Times reveals that Trump's lawyers are making a novel Constitutional argument in an attempt to stave off questioning by Robert Mueller. The special counsel can't force...

Apple Has 12 Employees Arrested: Leaked Memo

'Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple'

(Newser) - Irony alert: Apple uncovered 29 "leakers" in the company last year and had 12 of them arrested, according to an internal memo leaked to Bloomberg . "Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple," the memo reads. "In some cases, they face jail time and massive...

White House Responds to Trump 'Congratulations' Story

Notes that leaking president's briefing papers is a fireable offense

(Newser) - The White House has officially responded to a Washington Post report that President Trump was advised "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in his briefing materials but congratulated Putin on his re-election win all the same , though the White House is not out with a confirmation or denial. Instead, its official statement...

Sessions Floats Controversial Idea to Catch Leakers

Axios reports he might require all NSC staffers to take lie detector tests

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering a controversial idea to catch White House leakers. Axios reports that Sessions has floated a proposal to make all 100 or so staffers at the National Security Council take a lie detector test. The purpose of the polygraph would be to figure out...

Sessions Announces Plan to Go After Leakers, Media

'They cannot place lives at risk with impunity'

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions had some tough talk for leakers and media organizations that publish leaks during a press briefing Friday, saying the "culture of leaking must stop," USA Today reports. "We have made changes and are seriously ramping up our efforts," Poynter quotes Sessions as...

Transcripts of Trump's Calls to Leaders Leak

The conversations weren't exactly friendly

(Newser) - If only Anthony Scaramucci were still around to lash out at this leak: The Washington Post has obtained classified transcripts of President Trump's initial phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, produced by White House staff in January. (See them in full here .) Among the highlights:...

It's Been a Busy News Cycle for 'The Mooch'
It's Been a Busy News
Cycle for 'The Mooch'
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It's Been a Busy News Cycle for 'The Mooch'

New communications chief raises tensions with Reince Priebus

(Newser) - Anthony Scaramucci, aka The Mooch, had his biggest day in the spotlight yet, and the end result doesn't appear to be good news for Reince Priebus. The new White House communications chief had a chance to ease tensions with President Trump's chief of staff in a memorable CNN...

Pope Francis Letter Leaks in 'Heinous Act'

Vatican is not pleased, reminds all that official copy comes Thursday

(Newser) - Pope Francis' long-anticipated letter on the environment has arrived three days early, at least in some fashion. A 192-page draft version of the encyclical, a rare papal "teaching letter," was posted online today by Italian magazine L'Espresso, reports the Wall Street Journal . It has confirmation of its...

Sony to Media: Stop Using Hacked Documents

Studio threatens legal action over 'stolen information'

(Newser) - Sony is calling on news organizations to stop publishing the mountain of information coming out of hackers' breach of company data. After the emergence of material ranging from Hollywood pay to personal attacks on Angelina Jolie , a letter to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gawker, and other media...

Blame Libya Abduction on White House Leaks
Blame Libya Abduction
on White House Leaks

Blame Libya Abduction on White House Leaks

Obama administration at fault for prime minister's ordeal, Marc Thiessen argues

(Newser) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped briefly today in retaliation for consenting to the commando raid that captured Abu Anas al-Libi. How did they know he'd done this? "Simple: The Obama administration told them," writes Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post . Under fire from Congress and...

Ex-FBI Agent Will Plead Guilty to AP Leak

Donald Sachtleben says he leaked intel that resulted in AP phone records seizure

(Newser) - A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing secret information for an Associated Press story about a US intelligence operation in Yemen in 2012. Donald Sachtleben said in court papers today that he provided details of the operation to a reporter. Four months ago, Sachtleben also acknowledged he...

US Actually Has History of Being Weak on Leakers

And that's why it's cracking down so hard now

(Newser) - With Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning in the headlines, the investigation into former top General James Cartwright , and now a court ruling earlier this week that a New York Times reporter must testify against a source, the Obama administration has been sending a message: leaking government secrets will not go...

Times Reporter Ordered to Testify in Leaks Case

James Risen expected to appeal in case with free-press implications

(Newser) - A reporter for the New York Times has been ordered by an appeals court in Virginia to testify against the man accused of slipping him classified CIA secrets, reports USA Today . James Risen has previously promised to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary and to...

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