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Suspected NSA Leaker Accused of Writing, ‘I Want to Burn the White House Down’

Suspected NSA leaker Reality Winner.

Suspected NSA leaker Reality Winner.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Suspected NSA leader Reality Leigh Winner is accused of writing in a journal, “I want to burn the White House down.”

Investigators found the journal insider her home in Georgia, the USA Today reports. 

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Winner held without bail after she was charged with leaking classified U.S. intelligence documents to the website Intercept.

Winner is accused of writing, “I want to burn the White House Down … find somewhere in Kurdistan to live. Ha-ha!” assistant U.S. attorney Jennifer Solari told a federal judge.

Winner, 25, is a former Air Force linguist.

Trump to Receive First Classified Briefing Today at FBI Office in New York

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to receive his first classified briefing today.

ABC News reports that Trump will arrive in the FBI’s New York Field Office for the briefing.

Trump is expected to bring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to the briefing.

The briefing, which likely will cover major threats and other concerns around the globe, will be led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The FBI won’t conduct the briefing and will only host the Republican candidate.

CIA Releases Declassified Files of Investigations into UFO Sightings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA released declassified files of never-before-seen footage of investigations into reported UFO sightings.

The investigations were posted  on the CIA’s website.

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that the CIA was involved in a massive coverup of UFO sightings to hide evidence of aliens.

The declassified documents are from the late 1940s and 1950s.

The documents include a sighting in New Jersey, where a resent said he and a friend spotted and captured footage of a disc-shaped object in the sky.

“Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity,” the CIA wrote.

The documents show no hard evidence of UFOs, but the records do reveal that the CIA was interested in sightings from around the globe.

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Federal Judge Sets Deadline on DOJ’s Decision to Subpoena NYT Reporter

Reporter James Risen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal judge has given the Justice Department until Tuesday to decide whether to subpoena New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against a CIA operative who allegedly leaked classified information to the journalist, the Huffington Post reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the order Tuesday.

Former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling is accused of supplying Risen with classified information that was used for the journalist’s book, “State of War: The Secret History of the Cia and the Bush Administration.”

The book sparked the legal battle.

But now the judge is growing impatient and wants a decision on whether Risen will be ordered to testify.

“Since June 2, 2014, the United States has had over six months to decide whether it will subpoena James Risen to testify at this trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday, January 12, 2015,” the order read. “Because Mr. Risen’s presence or absence at the trial will have a significant impact on how the parties present their case, a decision about Mr. Risen must be made sufficiently before trial to enable the parties to prepare adequately.”

Former CIA Director Petraeus’ Career Comeback May Be Dashed by FBI Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

By most accounts, David Petraeus is on the rise after losing his job in the wake of an extramarital affair that forced him to resign as director of the CIA.

But Bloomberg reports that Petraeus, who has secured a job at the private equity firm KKR, is still under investigation by the FBI.

Citing current and former U.S. intelligence officials, Bloomberg wrote that the FBI is still trying to determine whether Petraeus violated the law by providing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, his biographer and former lover.

Authorities said Broadwell received intelligence information that was only available to a handful of senior officials.

“It was inappropriately shared and it should never have been shared,” one former senior intelligence official said.

Despite the investigation, President Obama has defended Petraeus, saying he never endangered national security.

FBI Probes Leak About U.S. Cyber Attack Program Aimed at Iran

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The hunt is on for the leak.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has opened an investigation into a classified U.S. program that involved cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The New York Times ran an excerpt last week of a book by reporter David Sanger. It included details of the program and a computer worm Stuxnet, which Iran found on its computers, the Journal reported.

The Journal reported that the CIA ran the operation with the Idaho National Laboratory, the Israeli government and other U.S. agencies.

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