Matters of national security

Molly Redden at Mother Jones has more trouble for the FBI when she writes about the bureau Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American Intelligence Assets. Mariah Blake there tweeted: “@mtredden's first MoJo story is a bombshell: Is Russia using cultural junkets to recruit spies?” Colleague Nick Baumann admitted: "(The FBI did not ask @motherjones to withhold this story.)" Justin Green at the Washington Examiner said, “Give me a call, Yuri. Would love a junket that I can end by bashing Russia for being the worst.” Josh Smith from Stars and Stripes wrote, “Interesting. The FBI is probing whether a cultural exchange program is being used by Russia to cultivate spies.”

Over at ProPublica, Justin Elliott writes that the Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence. Jesse Eisinger there said, “RT @amzam: NSA, Obama & Congress say spying has thwarted 50+ terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence that's true.” Colleague Eric Umansky put it this way: “In which we call BS on claim by Obama and others that NSA has thwarted 50+ plots.” Danielle Ivory at Bloomberg News had a kinder phrasing, “‘There's no evidence’ that the #NSA's surveillance program has thwarted more than 50 attacks, despite gov't claims.”

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