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The Russia Investigation Enters a New Phase
Observer — Oct. 31, 2017
John Schindler, a former NSA analyst and counterintelligence officer, walks us through this week’s criminal charges against three Trump campaign officials, and what the implications are for the future of the Russia investigation. The upshot: this is only the beginning, and there will be much more to come.
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Kleptocracy in America
The Atlantic — Oct. 31, 2017
Franklin Foer sketches a picture of Paul Manafort’s money laundering and advocacy for some of the most corrupt regimes on the planet. As kleptocracy creeps into the White House, the Manafort indictment is a welcome sign that we will not accede quietly to the absolute corruption of American politics.
What is FARA?
Sunlight Foundation — Aug. 25, 2017
The Sunlight Foundation gives a brief explainer on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, a legislative act intended to shed some light (pun intended) on which American citizens are working for which foreign governments. FARA has played a significant role in the Manafort and Gates indictments, due to their failure to disclose their operations on behalf of hostile foreign powers.
Tech Execs Offer Few Solutions to Misinformation
The New York Times — Oct. 31, 2017
Somewhat overshadowed by the Russia investigation bombshells this week, the Senate held a hearing with tech executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter. This was intended to be a forum for explaining how their platforms were used by foreign governments to manipulate the American electorate, and how we can prevent future abuse of this kind. Their answers, as the Times notes, offered few solutions for upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020.