Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler writes the blog Emptywheel. and the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFactsorg. Her book, Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy, provided a primer on the CIA Leak case surrounding Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson. She publishes at various outlets including the Guardian, Salon and the Progressive. Wheeler won the 2009 the Hillman Award for blog journalism.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:45pm
FBI’s Latest Story about the Hack of Farook’s Phone
There’s a lot that doesn’t quite make sense in Ellen Nakashima’s explanation for how FBI broke into Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software...
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Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 11:00am
If a Close US Ally Backdoored Juniper, Would NSA Tell Congress?
You may have heard that Juniper Networks announced what amounts to a backdoor in its virtual private networks products. Here’s Kim Zetter’s accessible intro of what security researchers have learned so far. And here’s some technical background from Matthew Green. As Zetter summarizes, the short...
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Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 9:45am
Yes, Calling Only Muslims Terrorists Does Result in Disparate Treatment of Muslims
Over at Salon, I’ve got a piece addressing the things we call terror in this country that mostly argues, “In the wake of the Planned Parenthood attack, both the right and the left should redouble our commitment to distinguishing speech from murder.” But I also start by laying out how various mass...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 3:15pm
Obama Administration Changed the Rationale for Why Assassinations Don’t Violate the Assassination Prohibition
As a number of outlets have reported, the Second Circuit last month upheld the government’s effort to keep a March 29, 2002 OLC memo pertaining to targeted killing secret; the opinion was unsealed yesterday. The government is probably doing so to keep changes in their rationale for why...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 8:45am
Metadata Surveillance Didn’t Stop the Paris Attacks
Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited. The New York Times and Yahoo reported on vague claims that the terrorists’ use of encryption stymied investigators who might have thwarted their...
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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:45am
DOD’s Inspector General Investigating Administration Propaganda Again
In the last few weeks, there have been several reports that senior intelligence officials were skewing the intelligence on how (un)successful the military campaign against ISIS has been. “O fficials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing...
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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 1:15pm
Declaring Chelsea Manning’s Voice against Torture Contraband
As a number of outlets have reported, Chelsea Manning faces a disciplinary board on Tuesday for four alleged violations, including brushing crumbs on the floor, disrespecting an officer, keeping toothpaste past its expiry date, and keeping items deemed contraband, including the Vanity Fair issue on...
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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:30pm
In Political Press, Hillary Clinton Gets Subjected to the Thomas Drake and Jeffrey Sterling Standard
The political press is abuzz with news that the State Department (State IG) and Intelligence Community Inspectors General (ICIG) have asked the Department of Justice to review whether the Department’s handling of the personal email from Hillary Clinton was proper. The story was first reported in...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:45am
The Section 215 Rap Sheet
Marco Rubio, who is running for President as an authoritarian, claims that “There is not a single documented case of abuse of this program.” He’s not alone. One after another defender of the dragnet make such claims. FBI witnesses who were asked specifically about abuses in 2011 claimed FBI did not...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:45pm
Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets
Yesterday, Judge Leonie Brinkema sentenced Jeffrey Sterling to 42 months in prison for leaking information about a dubious CIA plot to deal nuclear blueprints to Iran to New York Times journalist James Risen. Given how circumstantial the case against Sterling was — consisting largely of metadata —...
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