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President Donald Trump walks up the stairs of Air Force One


Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

Spies, Lies and Wiretaps

| Mar. 27, 2017

"Taken together, these points raise three fundamental issues about the Trump White House wiretapping claims: first, a US president is unable to order a wiretap, or otherwise intercept, US communications, as Trump’s tweets suggest. This can only be done through a US court. Second, for GCHQ to intercept communications of a US presidential candidate would require authorisation from a British foreign secretary and it is unthinkable that a foreign secretary would sign a warrant authorising such an intrusion into domestic US politics. Third, even if this did happen, Britain and America’s signals intelligence sharing agreements expressly prevent either country doing something that would be illegal under the laws of the other country. In other words, the conspiracy theory of GCHQ wiretapping Trump is necessarily based on the premise that it is illegal. If this is what the White House is alleging, then it should make this clear."

FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill


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The Key Players in Monday's Russia Hearing

| Mar. 20, 2017

On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first, much-anticipated public hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The hearing is significant because it will determine whether all the noise regarding Russia, Trump and the relationship between the two is grounds for further investigation.

Michael Flynn resignation


Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

Michael Flynn’s Downfall: The Russia House

| Feb. 16, 2017

"Whether Trump likes to admit or not, we are now back in the territory of the Cold War. The White House would do well to study closely the history of that conflict— not least because the Russian government does so. As a former KGB officer, Putin lived the Cold War. His intelligence services today, the FSB and SVR, are known to look on the KGB’s history with pride."

Kushner, Bannon, Flynn at White HIn this Jan. 27, 2017, photo, from left, White House senior advisers Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington during a meeting between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Trump administration is playing down the significance of a National Security Council restructuring. ouse


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

A Reichkanzler is Taking Shape Along Pennsylvania Avenue

| Feb. 07, 2017

"So we now have a situation whereby the intimidating Mr. Trump has injected  two right-wing ideologues (Bannon and Flynn) into the national security mix, and between the three of them, they probably figure they can carry the day on most issues. Pardon my observation that it sounds like 1933 in the ancient fatherhood of the Drumpf (sic) family."

Analysis & Opinions - Lawfare

Three Observations on China's Approach to State Action in Cyberspace

| Jan. 22, 2017

Cyber Security Project Director Michael Sulmeyer and Project Affiliate Amy Chang discuss their observations on China's Approach to cyber after a recent visit to Beijing. Sulmeyer and Chang were part of a small group of American academics and goernment representatives to meet with Chinese counterparts about contemporary issues in cybersecurity.

National Intelligence Director James Clapper


Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

Is Trump's Rage at US Intelligence Unprecedented?

| Jan. 12, 2017

"However, even for those who are historically minded, inclined to see today's world through a lens of the past, Donald Trump's relationship with US intelligence already seems historically bad. Even before taking office, Trump has won the race to the bottom in an inglorious line of poor relations between the White House and its intelligence agencies. Indeed, relations are now so poor that US intelligence agencies may soon come to have a better relationship with their UK counterparts than with Trump."

Russian Diplomat Compound


Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Why Obama Was Smart to Kick Out Russian Spies

| Jan. 07, 2017

"Whatever his reasons, Obama's eviction orders were hardly feckless political grandstanding, and it is important to understand why. History shows that kicking out foreign intelligence officials can yield valuable results—as Western countries proved many times during the Cold War. Even in the delicate world of espionage, sometimes a blunt instrument like mass expulsion is necessary."