Byron Tau, Wall Street Journal

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Recent articles by Byron:

Encrypted-Phone Company Says U.S. Improperly Shut It Down

Lawyers for Canadian technology company Sky Global have filed a legal complaint alleging that the U.S. government had improperly shut down its encrypted-messaging business and tarred the company and its executives as a criminal enterprise merely for providing secure mobile-phone technology. → Read More

How Cellphone Data Collected for Advertising Landed at U.S. Government Agencies

Mobilewalla was the source of some of the advertising data used by government entities to track mobile phones without warrants, shedding new light on how device location data is harvested and sold in a secretive multibillion-dollar industry. → Read More

Trump Appeals Court Ruling Allowing Release of Records to Jan. 6 Panel

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are seeking to prevent the Biden administration from turning over records related to his presidency to a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. → Read More

Top Trump Officials Violated Hatch Act Ban on Political Activity During 2020 Campaign, Watchdog Says

The report concludes that a speech by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem as well as a naturalization ceremony put on by the Department of Homeland Security that were both later used at the Republican National Convention were violations of the Hatch Act. → Read More

Russia Analyst Igor Danchenko Charged in Connection With Steele Dossier

Igor Danchenko, a key source on the material compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for a dossier of opposition research on former President Donald Trump, has been arrested and charged with lying to the FBI. → Read More

Donald Trump Sues to Prevent Records From Being Disclosed to Jan. 6 Committee

The former president targeted the House committee and National Archives, calling the request for release of White House documents illegal. → Read More

Jan. 6 Committee Tests Congress’s Waning Power to Command Testimony

A standoff between Trump associates and a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots shows how Congress’s powers to conduct investigations in the face of defiant witnesses have eroded sharply in recent years. → Read More

Democrats Move to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt of Congress

The panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol plans to hold a vote on Tuesday after the former Trump aide declined to comply with a subpoena. → Read More

Law Enforcement’s Use of Commercial Phone Data Stirs Surveillance Fight

Agencies’ growing use of purchased data without warrants raises new legal questions. → Read More

9/11 Triggered a Homeland-Security Industrial Complex That Endures

After the attacks, the U.S. set a new security goal: fighting terrorism at any cost. That shift has increased surveillance, empowered contractors, fueled a D.C.-area boom and changed Americans’ relationship with government. → Read More

Biden Tells Justice Department to Declassify 9/11 Probe Documents

President orders review in line with campaign promise to victims’ families who have long sought more transparency, particularly on possible role of Saudi Arabia. → Read More

Texas Abortion Law: What to Know as Supreme Court Allows Ban on Most Abortions to Take Effect

What does the Texas ban on most abortions mean for Roe v. Wade and for efforts by other states to restrict abortion access → Read More

What Is Havana Syndrome? What We Know

The U.S. government is expressing concerns over mysterious ailments afflicting some of its diplomatic, intelligence and military personnel. → Read More

App Taps Unwitting Users Abroad to Gather Open-Source Intelligence

The Premise app pays users, many in the developing world, to do tasks like taking photos and completing surveys for clients including the U.S. military. → Read More

Justice Department to Defend Trump in Lawsuit Over Rape Claim

Journalist E. Jean Carroll sued the former president for defamation after he denied raping her in the 1990s. → Read More

Trump’s Former White House Counsel Testifies on Capitol Hill

Don McGahn appears in a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee on whether former President Donald Trump obstructed justice. → Read More

Justice Department Says It Will Fight Full Disclosure of Trump Obstruction Memo

The Justice Department shed new light on its 2019 decision-making process surrounding whether then-President Donald Trump obstructed justice, telling a court he couldn’t have been indicted while serving as president. → Read More

Don McGahn Agrees to Testify About Events Described in Mueller Report

The Justice Department and a House committee reached an agreement that will allow former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about events described in special counsel Robert Mueller’s 2019 Russia report. → Read More

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

The armed forces are facing a challenge of how to protect personnel in an age when highly revealing data are being bought and sold in bulk, and available for purchase by America’s adversaries. → Read More

Roger Stone Is Sued as U.S. Government Alleges Unpaid Taxes

The longtime Republican political consultant owes nearly $2 million, the U.S. government alleges in its complaint. → Read More