Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly has acknowledged the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly acknowledged Monday the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

The Latest: Trump keeping tabs on Russia hearing, tweeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He's tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.

Trump White House sees influence of shadowy "deep state"

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House and its allies are stepping up their attacks on a foe typically associated with fragile democracies, military coups and spy thrillers. The "deep state," an alleged shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests, has increasingly become the focus of Republicans who accuse such forces of trying to undermine the new president.

Trump White House sees "deep state" behind leaks, opposition

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House and its allies are stepping up their attacks on a foe typically associated with fragile democracies, military coups and spy thrillers. The "deep state," an alleged shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests, has increasingly become the focus of Republicans who accuse such forces of trying to undermine the new president.

Who and why, twin mysteries behind leak of CIA's cybertools

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not just who did it, but why. WikiLeaks' release of nearly 8,000 documents that purportedly reveal secrets about the CIA's tools for breaking into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs has given rise to multiple theories about who stole the documents and for what reason. Perhaps it was a U.S. spy or contractor who felt jilted. Maybe the CIA was exposed by a foreign country that wanted to embarrass U.S.

WikiLeaks: We'll work with tech firms to defeat CIA hacking

PARIS (AP) -- WikiLeaks will work with technology companies to help defend them against the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking tools, founder Julian Assange said Thursday, an approach which sets up a potential conflict between Silicon Valley firms eager to protect their products and an agency stung by the radical transparency group's disclosures.

No more love for WikiLeaks from Trump after CIA hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When WikiLeaks published the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager last year, then-candidate Donald Trump had one thing to say: "I love WikiLeaks." But there wasn't a lot of love from the Trump administration Wednesday, after WikiLeaks published thousands of documents described as secret files about CIA hacking tools.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 7 The New York Times on Republicans' newly unveiled health bill: Republican House leaders have spent months dodging questions about how they would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better law, and went so far as to hide the draft of their plan from other lawmakers. No wonder.

The Latest: Google says Android, Chrome security flaws fixed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on the publication by WikiLeaks of what it described as thousands of pages of confidential files about CIA hacking activities (all times ET): 8 p.m. Google believes it has already protected people using Android-powered phones and its Chrome operating system from many of the security weaknesses disclosed by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks CIA files: Are they real and are they a risk?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that the anti-secrecy organization said were classified files revealing scores of secrets about CIA hacking tools used to break into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs. The CIA and the Trump administration have declined to comment on the authenticity of the files. Prior WikiLeaks releases, which divulged government secrets maintained by the State Department, Pentagon and other agencies, have since been acknowledged as genuine.

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CONGRESS-HEALTH-OVERHAUL House panel refuses to delay GOP health bill WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the day's first vote on Republican health care legislation, GOP lawmakers controlling the House Ways and Means Committee have blocked a Democratic attempt to delay the panel's work for a week. Texas Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett said there's been little time to understand what's in the legislation. The measure would unravel much of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

WikiLeaks: CIA has targeted everyday gadgets for snooping

NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe the CIA is spying on you through your television set after all. Documents released by WikiLeaks allege a CIA surveillance program that targets everyday gadgets ranging from smart TVs to smartphones to cars. Such snooping, WikiLeaks said, could turn some of these devices into recorders of everyday conversations -- and could also circumvent data-scrambling encryption on communications apps such as Facebook's WhatsApp.

The Latest: Trump signs order loosening gun restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed a resolution blocking an Obama-era rule that would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from buying guns. The rule was part of former President Barack Obama's push to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting.