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, July 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Key Area of Dispute on Drone Numbers: Number of Strikes
Dianne Feinstein is out with a statement applauding that I Con the Record has released drone kill numbers that — she suggests — proves the spooks know something we don’t and that the number of civilian casualties hasn’t been that high. “I want to commend the administration for taking this important...
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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 1:30pm
The Jordanian Arms Theft Story
The NYT has a blockbuster story reporting that Jordanian officers have been stealing weapons “shipped into Jordan” by CIA, and selling them on the black market. Some of these weapons were used to kill two American contractors at a training facility in November. Weapons shipped into Jordan by the...
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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 11:45am
Why Doesn’t Dianne Feinstein Want to Prevent Murders Like those Robert Dear Committed?
In response to Chris Murphy’s 15 hour filibuster, Democrats will get a vote on several gun amendments to an appropriations bill, one mandating background checks for all gun purchases, another doing some kind of check to ensure the purchaser is not a known or suspected terrorist. The latter...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 10:45am
Why Did FBI’s Multiple Informants Fail to Catch Omar Mateen in a Sting?
One detail of the FBI’s 2013 investigation into Omar Mateen that seems to be getting inadequate attention is that they used multiple informants with him, per Jim Comey’s press conference on Monday: Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him , recording conversations with him...
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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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