Pocket full of liberty: It’s looking more an more like the U.S. government may not publicly identify the state behind the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach and may not take any public retaliatory action, at least for the time being. China, who the FBI believes was behind the attack, gained access to the security clearance documents (SF86) of past and present government employees, including military and intelligence officials.
While knowledge the breach was made public on June 4, the scope and severity of the hack wasn’t disclosed until approximately one week later. Additionally, the initial number of 4 million people affected may become as high 32 million after family members and other contacts listed in the employees’ forms are taken into account. For better understanding of what is disclosed in these documents, see the conclusion of John Schindler’s entry.
The likelihood of the U.S. pointing the finger at China is slim, says intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge. The Obama administration continues to bend over backwards for Iran in hopes of reaching a nuclear agreement by the June 30 deadline. To the dismay of our Middle East allies, the completion of a deal appears to be goal number one for the administration, regional stability be damned. more