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Platform Justice

by Danielle Citron, Quinta Jurecicvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The role of dominant content platforms like Facebook and Twitter in facilitating Russian election interference in the 2016 US presidential election has precipitated a backlash against “big tech,” and now the pendulum is swinging toward greater regulation of platforms for what their users say and do. Read the Lawfare post here.


Another Bomb Drops: Initial Thoughts On Trump Asking Comey To Kill The Flynn Investigation

by Helen Klein Murillo, Jack Goldsmith, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, Paul Rosenzweig, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. 

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Bombshell: Initial Thoughts On The Washington Post’s Game-Changing Story

by Jack Goldsmith, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, Benjamin Wittes, Elishe Julian Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, May 15, 2017

The Washington Post this afternoon published a stunning story reporting that President Trump disclosed highly-classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the Oval Office last week.

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About That Explosive Trump Story: Take A Deep Breath

by Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.

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Al-Nashiri Moves To Preserve SSCI Report In Habeas Case

by Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Speaking of Guantanamo habeas litigation, which one of us was yesterday, there's been an interesting development in the Al-Nashiri habeas case. This particular habeas case out of Guantanamo has been a sleepy one, since all the action in the Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri matter has been in his military commission trial and related federal court litigation.

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The Justice Department Responds To Sen. Boxer On Sextortion—Sort Of

by Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Friday, August 5, 2016

Shortly after we released our sextortion reports back in May, Sen. Barbara Boxer wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch seeking data on the scope and magnitude of the problem: "court records show that some of these cyber-criminals have blackmailed hundreds of different victims online.

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Sextortion: The Problem And Solutions

by Benjamin Wittes, Cody Poplin , Quinta Jurecic, Clara Speravia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prosecutors colloquially call it “sextortion.” Legally speaking, there’s no such thing. The word is a kind a prosecutorial slang for a class of cases that do not correspond neatly with any known criminal offense.

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A Vision Of The Future: Facebook Post-Safe Harbor

by Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our buddy Jane Smith has a lot of European friends. As such, the collapse of the safe harbor agreement has hit her Facebook account hard.