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900 pages of leaked Iranian spy cables reveal how America's failures after invasions allowed Iran to seize control of Iraqi politics

An anonymous source claiming to be an Iraqi patriot sent The Intercept leaks of 900 pages' worth of spy-agency cables and memos sent by Iranian spies in Iraq; James Risen (previously) reported them out in a joint project with the New York Times that reveals how the US's post-invasion nation-building failures created a political vacuum that Iran filled, allowing it to dominate the political and tactical landscape in Iraq. Read the rest

The National Security Sublime: On the Aesthetics of Government Secrecy

[Matt Potolsky's new book, The National Security Sublime, is a tour through the look-and-feel of mass surveillance, as practiced by the most unlikely of aesthetes: big data authoritarian snoops and the grifter military contractors who wax fat on them. This is a subject dear to my heart. -Cory]

The US National Security Agency is big, really big. But it’s unlikely that most people outside the government can (or would even try to) quantify its size or powers with any specificity. The agency is just massive, a quality that can produce in those who try to contemplate it the overwhelming sense of awe and wonder called the sublime. Triggered by an encounter with something grand (towering mountain peaks) or verging on the infinite (the number of stars in the universe), it describes a generally pleasurable feeling of cognitive breakdown, the sensation that you just can’t wrap your head around an object or idea so vast and boundless. Read the rest

AT&T was the NSA's enthusiastic top surveillance partner

All the phone companies helped the NSA commit mass surveillance, but the agency singled out Ma Bell as "highly collaborative" with an "extreme willingness to help." Read the rest

Convicted CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling speaks in new documentary 'The Invisible Man'

For the first time since his indictment in December 2010, Jeffrey Sterling’s voice can now be heard in a short documentary film, released today. Read the rest

Ex-CIA Jeffrey Sterling gets 42 months for leaking to NYT. David Petraeus remains free.

Jeffrey Sterling, a lawyer and former CIA agent convicted of sharing classified information with New York Times reporter James Risen, was sentenced today to three and a half years in prison. Read the rest

Why you should be grateful to convicted leaker and noted liar, Gen. David Petraeus

The lenient sentence he received for leaking classified info to his biographer-lover reveals how extreme the double standard of U.S. justice is for the handling of classified information.

Petraeus receives no jail time for leaking. Whistleblowers face decades in jail.

At the same time as David Petraeus got off with probation and a fine, the Justice Department has been pushing for extreme jail time for other leakers who talk to journalists—often over leaks of far less sensitive material.

The James Risen case and Eric Holder's tarnished press freedom legacy

The outgoing Attorney General raised eyebrows when answering a question about his Justice Department’s notorious crackdown on leaks, and by extension the press--most notably New York Times reporter James Risen.

If you're a CIA employee it's ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail.

Dan Froomkin at The Intercept on the fate of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of espionage this week for talking to New York Times Reporter James Risen: Read the rest

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling convicted of espionage in NYT leak case

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling has been convicted of all 9 counts in a case that charged him with leaking classified information about a failed operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to New York Times reporter James Risen. Read the rest

U.S. tries to convict Jeffrey Sterling for retroactively classified documents about rotary phones

After a week of ominous language about the dangers of leaking classified documents, the 14 jurors in the Jeffrey Sterling trial Tuesday got their first look at purportedly classified documents.

Government declares monopoly on right to call journalist James Risen as witness

The government has just asked the judge in the Jeffrey Sterling whistleblower trial, Leonie Brinkema, to declare James Risen unavailable as a witness.

Feds given deadline to subpoena NYT reporter over CIA leak

A U.S. judge orders the government to decide by next Tuesday if they're going to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify, once and for all.

How America's global system of torture dungeons came to be

Originally, the sites where war-on-terror detainees would be held and interrogated were to be modeled on American prisons.

WATCH: Edward Snowden speaks at digital security event for journalists

Above, video of whistleblower Edward Snowden speaking via live encrypted video link at Freedom of the Press Foundation's recent #EncryptNews event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Read the rest

News organizations and Digital Security: solutions to surveillance post-Snowden

I'm in Washington, D.C. today with the Freedom of the Press Foundation for a day-long event, "News Organizations and Digital Security, Solutions to Surveillance Post-Snowden."

Heavy hitters are present, talking about encryption and security in real-world practice--including including Dana Priest, investigative reporter, Washington Post; James Risen, investigative reporter, New York Times; Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst, ACLU; Julia Angwin, investigative reporter, ProPublica; all of The Intercept's security team and others.

Among the subjects up for discussion are the problems surrounding real-world encryption--how do reporters keep whistleblowing sources safe?--and the methods that reporters can use to keep themselves safe, too. Attendees will get a hands-on session demonstrating how to set up off-the-record encrypted chat sessions on their laptops; an introduction to PGP email encryption and the SecureDrop system; and Tails, a critical tool for reporting on the NSA that few have even heard of.

The day ends with a screening of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras's new film about Snowden and government surveillance.

Here is the full schedule.

Here's the live video stream.

Be sure to follow #EncryptNews today and @freedomofpress; I'll be tweeting about the event today (and other things besides) from @xeni, embedded below.

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To do in DC, Nov. 7: A digital security conference for journalists, bloggers

The event will focus on how news organizations and reporters can use technology and encryption to better protect their sources in the post-Snowden age.

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