WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, does not have a high-enough security clearance level to gain access to some of the most sensitive U.S. government secrets, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with his access. FILE PHOTO: Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner walks from Marine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, U.S., July 1, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Kushner, who was named by Trump as a senior adviser on a wide range of issues, was granted a permanent security clearance in late May, but only at the “top secret” level, a status that does not provide access to closely guarded intelligence, the Post said, citing the two sources. Limits on Kushner’s access to the intelligence could be an impediment to his ability to manage his portfolio for the president, including developing a Middle East peace plan and meeting with foreign officials. Kushner had wide … [Read more...] about Kushner security clearance limits his access to some U.S. secrets:…
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By Propublica | PUBLISHED: July 5, 2018 at 11:11 am | UPDATED: July 5, 2018 at 11:13 am By A.C. Thompson and Ali Winston | ProPUBLICA There likely isn’t such a thing as a “typical” violent white extremist in America in 2018. Still, Michael Miselis — a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student with a U.S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor — makes for a pretty unusual case. For months, ProPublica and Frontline have been working to identify the white supremacists at the center of violent demonstrations across the country, including the infamous Unite the Right rally last August in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Rise Above Movement, a Southern California group that expresses contempt for Muslims, Jews, and immigrants, became a focus of that effort. ProPublica and Frontline were able to quickly identify a number of the group’s leaders, and find evidence that put … [Read more...] about California man is a member of violent white supremacist group. So why is he working for a defense contractor with a security clearance?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Maryland woman pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in a scheme to use identification data stolen in a massive 2015 data hack of a U.S. government agency to get fraudulent personal and vehicle loans through a Virginia-based credit union, the Justice Department said. Karvia Cross, 39, and others she recruited used the identities to get loans from Langley Federal Credit Union, according to a Justice Department statement. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison when she is sentenced on Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, it said. A co-defendant, Marlon McKnight, pleaded guilty to the same charges on June 11. The charges and guilty plea are among the first to result from the hack of sensitive personal information from the Office of Personnel Management on more than 22 million federal employees, contractors and job applicants … [Read more...] about Maryland woman pleads guilty to using IDs from massive U.S. government hack
Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg Published 4:38 am, Sunday, May 27, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Sarno Jordan. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on April 12, 2018. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on April 12, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Sarno Jordan. Bitcoin a shadowy realm as U.S. weighs security clearances 1 / 1 Back to Gallery As the Pentagon struggles to recruit a more tech-savvy workforce, it's facing the confusion of many an old-timer: What to make of people who invest or trade in bitcoin. The question is whether owning bitcoins or lesser-known cryptocurrencies such as Ripple and Ethereum is an indicator of risky personal behavior -- one that should … [Read more...] about Bitcoin a shadowy realm as U.S. weighs security clearances
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics Jared Kushner walks out after President Trump spoke at the White House on May 18. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) by Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig, Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett May 23 at 5:36 PM Email the author Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was notified Wednesday that he has been granted a permanent security clearance to view top-secret material — an indication that he may no longer be under scrutiny by the special counsel, who had been investigating his foreign contacts and other activities. Last month, Kushner sat for about six hours of questioning by special … [Read more...] about Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status