Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor and the first person to be prosecuted in the Trump administration for leaking classified information, pleaded guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors recommended Winner, 26, serve five years and three months in prison for sending a news outlet secret information about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Prison guards practiced this month for something that hasn’t happened at Guantánamo in a decade: receiving a new war-on-terror detainee. Any new prisoners are likely to be members of the Islamic State, not al-Qaida.
The White House and Secret Service are trying to determine how a National Security Council contractor was able to keep working in the highly secure presidential compound for more than a month after he allegedly shot a man at his Maryland home.
U.S. border authorities may not search the cellphones of travelers without having some reason to believe a particular traveler has committed a crime, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled.
The Department of Homeland Security is planning to contract with a service that would track 300,000 news sources around the wold to help track “media influencers.” A media organization wonders if the effort will be used to exclude journalists or activists on ideological grounds.
The American Civil Liberties Union in northern California sued the Transportation Security Administration to get information on policies for searching computers and cellphones of domestic travelers. TSA denies searching the contents of electronic devices.
Republican hawks and centrist Democrats joined to push through a long-term extension of the government’s online surveillance tools, despite years of demands for major changes by privacy advocates on the left an.d libertarians on the right. President Trump will sign it Friday
Members reject a bill backed by civil liberties groups that would have required federal agents to get warrants before searching through Americans’ data. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) vows to filibuster the measure, but it is likely to be enacted.
There was a 60 percent increase in searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops. The Customs and Border Protection agency issued new guidelines providing that, travelers may be asked to unlock their electronic devices for inspection or provide passcodes.