The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an unusual public order ("In Re Accuracy Concerns Regarding FBI Matters Submitted to the FISC") has directed the FBI to give an account of what it was doing when it requested FISA surveillance authority over Trump advisor Carter Page. The New York Times has called the Justice Inspector General's report on Crossfire Hurricane "damning," and perceives "anger" in the document's emphatic language. “The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable,” the presiding judge, Rosemary M. Collyer, wrote in the order. The Bureau has until January 10th to return a list of positive steps it intends to take to ensure that it will henceforth “provide complete and accurate information in every filing.” A broader IG investigation is in the offing, the Washington Post reports.
The New York Times reports that US District Judge Liam O'Grady ruled yesterday for the Government in the Justice Department's civil suit against Edward Snowden. The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia hadn't sought to stop publication of Mr. Snowden's memoir, Permanent Record, but it did ask that he forfeit any proceeds from sales of the book to the Government on the grounds that Mr. Snowden had breached his contract with the Government. Specifically, he had signed routine agreements with both NSA and CIA to submit anything he proposed to publish for pre-publication review. He didn't do so with Permanent Record, and so Judge O'Grady ruled that all his profits belong to Uncle Sam.