A key element for a potentially devastating weapon was missing in Mosul.
‘That was a terrible, insulting affront,’ said former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
The accounts from Sergey Kislyak to his superiors, intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, contradict public assertions by the attorney general.
The decision follows an Obama-era move that slashed cash from the same fund.
Officials said only that ‘the anticipation and the benefit’ for the hack was in the UAE.
“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” the attorney general said.
The president hints that plans to send more troops to Afghanistan could be on hold.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the case the “largest dark Web takedown in world history.”
The Islamic State is leaning on “low-key losers” to do the killing, analysts say.
Six months after the inauguration, the State Department has a hollowed-out feel, with numerous positions unfilled.
Parts of the article appear taken down.
Closing the secret program is an acknowledgment of the limits on Washington’s ability to oust the Syrian president.
The effort was launched in the fall after Silicon Valley executives visited the Air Force's operations center in Qatar.
The new policy reverses the Obama-era prohibition of seizures without warrants or criminal charges.
He also served in the Gulf War as an infantry officer.