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The Reward Of Tillerson Won't Deter Russia

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, December 12, 2016

The aggregate sequence of events over the last few days involving Donald Trump, the intelligence community, the Russian Federation, and the still-unannounced naming of Exxon Mobile’s Rex Tillerson as our next Secretary of State is both odd and disturbing.

Analysis and Commentary

For The Sake Of The Nation, Obama Should Pardon Clinton

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s surprise victory on Tuesday, a question has hung over the fate of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Will—and should—President Barack Obama pardon her on his way out the door?

Analysis and Commentary

We Need Comey At The FBI Now More Than Ever

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States. And over the next few weeks, personnel questions will move to the forefront of transition coverage. Who will Trump select or retain in key Cabinet and federal positions?

Analysis and Commentary

No Pardon For Snowden But A Commutation For Chelsea Manning

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittes quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, September 19, 2016

Let’s start with an obvious point: As Jack Goldsmith pointed out last week, President Obama is not going to pardon Edward Snowden. It’s just not going to happen. Period. And everyone involved in the campaign for a pardon for the Moscow-based fugitive is fully aware there is no hope it will come to fruition.

Is Trump A Russian Agent? A Legal Analysis

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittes
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

An amazing debate is taking place among serious analysts and journalists in the United States regarding the relationship between the Republican nominee for President and the Russian state.

Analysis and Commentary

Quick Question For Apple HR

by Robert Chesney, Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, April 15, 2016

In the “going dark” discussion, it is a kind of orthodoxy that back doors are inherently insecure. Build in a means of someone other than the user accessing his data and you create unacceptable risk that someone will exploit that means; you also make the code unacceptably complicated and increase the attack surface for hackers to play with.

Analysis and Commentary

Comey Announces “Going Dark Early Intervention Initiative”

by Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennesseyvia Lawfare
Friday, April 1, 2016

FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down following the Justice Department’s decision this week to drop the court case to force Apple to help crack the San Bernardino iPhone.

Analysis and Commentary

A Possible Tool To Unlock The iPhone Means Something…Or Nothing

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

To read the news over the last 24 hours, you’d think the FBI had given up the ghost with its announcement that maybe, just maybe, it had a way into the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone without Apple’s help. 

Analysis and Commentary

Questions For Apple

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee at 1:00 pm is holding a hearing at which FBI Director James Comey and Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell will both testify on going dark matters. Here's the live video.

Analysis and Commentary

We Enter The Lion's Den: Join Us As We Get Flayed In A Reddit AMA On Apple And The FBI

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Here's the, uh, frank exchange of views. It will begin at 3:45 pm.