US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

US authorities have for years wanted Mr Snowden returned to the US to face a criminal trial on espionage charges. As president, Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Mr Snowden, but never did. Mr Snowden married his US partner Lindsay Mills in a courthouse in Moscow and the couple have a … Read more

I can declassify anything just by thinking about it

Presidents do have the authority to declassify information, but this typically follows a process to ensure there are no associated security risks. Former officials in the Trump administration have scoffed at the notion that the Republican leader could have issued a blanket order. Bill Barr, Mr Trump’s former attorney general, has previously said the suggestion … Read more

Putin’s NATO bungle – POLITICO

Ivo Daalder, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and host of the weekly podcast “World Review with Ivo Daalder.”  Russian President Vladimir Putin had high hopes for the invasion of his western neighbor earlier this year — he was going to bring all of Ukraine back into … Read more