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Jenna McLaughlin


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Recent articles by Jenna:

Intelligence employees vent frustrations over being forced to return to the office

Employees at one of the most secretive parts of government have been forced to return to the office, leading to widespread concerns about their exposure to COVID-19. → Read More

Here's why former intelligence officials are worried about Trump's massive debt

Intelligence professionals declared themselves stunned because of what those debts imply about the president’s vulnerability to foreign influence. “Financial vulnerabilities are at the top of the list when you pursue targets, period,” a former senior CIA official said. → Read More

'Most believe that it was an accident': Pentagon chief contradicts Trump on Beirut explosion

Less than 24 hours after President Trump said some “great generals” told him they thought that yesterday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an “attack” involving “a bomb of some kind,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed less than convinced by that explanation. → Read More

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of → Read More

White House misses congressional deadline to explain intelligence watchdog's firing

The White House is still refusing to give Congress a reason for firing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, as required by law, missing a deadline set by a bipartisan group of senators. → Read More

Trump removes another inspector general, declaring war on government watchdogs

In Donald Trump’s latest salvo in an ongoing bid to reshape government oversight of his administration, the president fired the Pentagon inspector general charged with overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. → Read More

Here's what the White House letter about Bolton's book really means

Bolton late last year had submitted his manuscript for the White House’s prepublication review process, which gives the government the opportunity to redact classified information. The first New York Times story about Bolton’s manuscript appeared three days after the date of Knight’s letter. → Read More

Whistleblower attorneys fear for client's safety as Trump allies move to out him

A trove of voicemails, emails and messages on social media provided to Yahoo News by the whistleblower’s legal team demonstrate the effects of efforts by Trump allies to vilify those testifying against the president in the impeachment inquiry. → Read More

Nation's intelligence officers are resigned to serving a president who doesn't trust them

While two intelligence officers have taken the rare step of formally reporting concerns about President Trump’s activities, others employed throughout the government’s intelligence community are putting their heads down and hope to stay out of the political fray. → Read More

Before a notorious phone call, the Trump administration was lauded for helping Ukraine

A central irony of the controversy over President Trump’s alleged efforts to condition military aid to Ukraine on political favors is that Trump has presided over the shipment of more lethal weaponry to Ukraine than had his predecessor, President Barack Obama. → Read More

Amid calls for impeachment, a spy chief is caught between the president and Congress

Maguire’s statement tracks with what his staff is saying, according to a former senior national security official. Maguire is “someone on whose integrity I would stake my life,” said the former senior national security official. → Read More

Pick for new national security adviser enjoys a 'good relationship' with Trump

Trump's pick for national security adviser, who helped free American rapper A$AP Rocky, is receiving high praise from Washington insiders. → Read More

Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

Russian compounds and diplomats in the U.S. played key roles in a counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials. → Read More

White House vetting Trump loyalists to take over top intelligence job

Over the weekend, the Trump administration vetted multiple new candidates to take over the leadership of the intelligence community, and the contenders include outsiders seen as loyal to the administration and insiders who would be willing to “play ball” and work with the White House, according to sources → Read More

Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships

On Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials. → Read More

As 5G war with China heats up, could a Cold War-inspired plan be the solution?

While U.S. experts may agree that Beijing’s dominance in 5G represents a national security threat, attempts to keep Chinese companies out of the U.S. market may not, on their own, solve the problem. → Read More

Inside a key Hawaii intelligence outpost listening in on the Pacific

The National Security Agency's Hawaii outpost, whose most notorious employee was the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, is focused on uncertainty in the Pacific region, from nuclear development in North Korea to China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea. → Read More

New hacking threat from Iran detected, cyber firm says

New research released today by the cybersecurity firm FireEye identifies a new Iranian hacking group targeting telecommunications companies and transportation companies to gather information on individuals. The new group, designated Advanced Persistent Threat 39, is based in Iran and is suspected to → Read More

Shutdown hits national security employees across government

U.S. Coast Guard spouse Rachel Whitlow holds her 15 month-old son Walker as she waits in line to receive free groceries during a food giveaway on January 19, 2019 in Novato, California. Days after Christmas and the start of what is now the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, Maggie → Read More

Intelligence experts skeptical American arrested in Russia is a spy

“I think it’s quite clear this is not an American intelligence operation” but rather further evidence of a Russian influence campaign directed against the West, said Steven Hall, a former senior CIA official who managed intelligence operations in Eurasia and Russia expert. → Read More