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Watertown seeks to build a culture of success in anti-poverty campaign

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:00
Almost 22% of people in the Watertown area live in poverty. That's well above the state average. Other parts of the North Country suffer from similarly high poverty rates.A new anti-poverty campaign launching in Watertown is the first of its kind in the state. Four groups will share more than $800,000 in state funding for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Similar programs will launch in sixteen other communities statewide later this spring.
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North Country at Work: life, love, and logging in the woods of Harrisville

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:00
Logging is some of the oldest work around Northern New York. Many communities around the North Country were established around logging camps in the 18th and 19th centuries, and big money was made turning felled trees into products like chairs, paper, crates, and even matches. Not too many people are around that worked logging before chainsaws and trucks, but Ross Young is one of them. He started working in the woods at 16, with handsaws and horses.
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Cuomo says he's not worried about Cynthia Nixon, but actions indicate otherwise

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:00
In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.
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2 more NY men among those killed in Iraq helicopter crash

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Two more New York men have been identified as among the seven service members killed in western Iraq when their helicopter crashed.
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New York senators seek to honor U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Two U.S. senators from New York say they'd like to honor U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter by renaming a Rochester train station after her.
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Adrian Lamo, ‘Homeless Hacker’ Who Turned in Chelsea Manning, Dead at 37

Krebs on Security - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:53

Adrian Lamo, the hacker probably best known for breaking into The New York Times‘s network and for reporting Chelsea Manning‘s theft of classified documents to the FBI, was found dead in a Kansas apartment on Wednesday. Lamo was widely reviled and criticized for turning in Manning, but that chapter of his life eclipsed the profile of a complex individual who taught me quite a bit about security over the years.

Adrian Lamo, in 2006. Source: Wikipedia.

I first met Lamo in 2001 when I was a correspondent for Newsbytes.com, a now-defunct tech publication that was owned by The Washington Post at the time. A mutual friend introduced us over AOL Instant Messenger, explaining that Lamo had worked out a simple method allowing him to waltz into the networks of some of the world’s largest media companies using nothing more than a Web browser.

The panoply of alternate nicknames he used on instant messenger in those days shed light on a personality not easily grasped: Protagonist, Bitter Geek, AmINotMerciful, Unperceived, Mythos, Arcane, truefaith, FugitiveGame.

In this, as in so many other ways, Lamo was a study in contradictions: Unlike most other hackers who break into online networks without permission, he didn’t try to hide behind the anonymity of screen names or Internet relay chat networks.

By the time I met him, Adrian had already earned the nickname “the homeless hacker” because he had no fixed address, and found shelter most evenings in abandoned buildings or on friend’s couches. He launched the bulk of his missions from Internet cafes or through the nearest available dial-up connections, using an old Toshiba laptop that was missing seven keys. His method was the same in every case: find security holes; offer to fix them; refuse payment in exchange for help; wait until hole is patched; alert the media.

Lamo had previously hacked into the likes of AOL Time Warner, ComcastMCI Worldcom, Microsoft, SBC Communications and Yahoo after discovering that these companies had enabled remote access to their internal networks via Web proxies, a kind of security by obscurity that allowed anyone who knew the proxy’s Internet address and port number to browse internal shares and other network resources of the affected companies.

By 2002, Lamo had taken to calling me on the phone frequently to relate his various exploits, often spoofing his phone number to make it look like the call had come from someplace ominous or important, such as The White House or the FBI. At the time, I wasn’t actively taking any measures to encrypt my online communications, or to suggest that my various sources do likewise. After a few weeks of almost daily phone conversations with Lamo, however, it became abundantly clear that this had been a major oversight.

In February 2002, Lamo told me that he’d found an open proxy on the network of The New York Times that allowed him to browse the newsroom’s corporate intranet. A few days after that conversation, Lamo turned up at Washingtonpost.com’s newsroom (then in Arlington, Va.). Just around the corner was a Kinkos, and Adrian insisted that I follow him to the location so he could get online and show me his discovery firsthand.

While inside the Times’ intranet, he downloaded a copy of the Times’ source list, which included phone numbers and contact information for such household names as Yogi Berra, Warren Beatty, and Robert Redford, as well as high-profile political figures – including Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Lamo also added his own contact information to the file. My exclusive story in Newsbytes about the Times hack was soon picked up by other news outlets.

In August 2003, federal prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Lamo in connection with the New York Times hack, among other intrusions. The next month, The Washington Post’s attorneys received a letter from the FBI urging them not to destroy any correspondence I might have had with Lamo, and warning that my notes may be subpoenaed.

In response, the Post opted to take my desktop computer at work and place it in storage. We also received a letter from the FBI requesting an interview (that request was summarily denied). In October 2003, the Associated Press ran a story saying the FBI didn’t follow proper procedures when it notified reporters that their notes concerning Lamo might be subpoenaed (the DOJ’s policy was to seek materials from reporters only after all other investigative steps had been exhausted, and then only as a last resort).

In 2004, Lamo pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer crimes against the Times, as well as LexisNexis and Microsoft. He was sentenced to six month’s detention and two years probation, an ordered to pay $65,000 in restitution.

Several months later while attending a formal National Press Foundation dinner at the Washington Hilton, my bulky Palm Treo buzzed in my suit coat pocket, signalling a new incoming email message. The missive was blank save for an unusually large attachment. Normally, I would have ignored such messages as spam, but this one came from a vaguely familiar address: adrian.lamo@us.army.mil. Years before, Lamo had told me he’d devised a method for minting his own .mil email addresses.

The attachment turned out to be the Times’ newsroom source list. The idea of possessing such information was at once overwhelming and terrifying, and for the rest of the evening I felt certain that someone was going to find me out (it didn’t help that I was seated adjacent to a table full of NYT reporters and editors). It was difficult not to stare at the source list and wonder at the possibilities. But ultimately, I decided the right thing to do was to simply delete the email and destroy the file.


Lamo was born in 1981 outside of Boston, Mass. into an educated, bilingual family. Lamo’s parents say from an early age he exhibited an affinity for computers and complex problem solving. In grade school, Lamo cut his teeth on a Commodore64, but his parents soon bought him a more powerful IBM PC when they grasped the extent of his talents.

“Ever since he was very young he has shown a tendency to be a lateral thinker, and any problem you put in front of him with a computer he could solve almost immediately,” Lamo’s mother Mary said in an interview in 2003. “He has a gifted analytical mind and a natural curiosity.”

By the time he got to high school, Lamo had graduated to a laptop computer. During a computer class his junior year, Lamo upstaged his teacher by solving a computer problem the instructor insisted was insurmountable. After an altercation with the teacher, he was expelled. Not long after that incident, Lamo earned his high school equivalency degree and left home for a life on his own.

For many years after that he lived a vagabond’s existence, traveling almost exclusively on foot or by Greyhound bus, favoring the affordable bus line for being the “only remaining form of mass transit that offers some kind of anonymity.” When he wasn’t staying with friends, he passed the night in abandoned buildings or under the stars.

In 1995, Lamo landed contract work at a promising technology upstart called America Online, working on “PlanetOut.com,” an online forum that catered to the gay and lesbian community. At the time, advertisers paid AOL based on the amount of time visitors spent on the site, and Lamo’s job was to keep people glued to the page, chatting them up for hours at a time.

Ira Wing, a security expert at one of the nation’s largest Internet service providers, met Lamo that year at PlanetOut and the two became fast friends. It wasn’t long before he joined in one of Lamo’s favorite distractions, one that would turn out to be an eerie offshoot of the young hacker’s online proclivities: exploring the labyrinth of California’s underground sewage networks and abandoned mines.

Since then, Lamo kept in touch intermittently, popping in and out of Wing’s life at odd intervals. But Wing proved a trustworthy and loyal friend, and Lamo soon granted him power of attorney over his affairs should he run into legal trouble.

In 2002, Wing registered the domain “freeadrian.com,” as a joke. He’d later remark on how prescient a decision that had been.

“Adrian is like a fast moving object that has a heavy affect on anyone’s life he encounters,” Wing told this reporter in 2003. “And then he moves on.”


In 2010, Lamo was contacted via instant message by Chelsea Manning, a transgender Army private who was then known as Bradley Manning. The Army private confided that she’d leaked a classified video of a helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 12 people (including two Reuters employees) to Wikileaks. Manning also admitted to handing Wikileaks some 260,000 classified diplomatic cables.

Lamo reported the theft to the FBI. In explaining his decision, Lamo told news publications that he was worried the classified data leak could endanger lives.

“He was just grabbing information from where he could get it and trying to leak it,” Mr. Lamo told The Times in 2010.

Manning was later convicted of leaking more than 700,000 government records, and received a 35 year prison sentence. In January 2017, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence after she’d served seven years of it. In January 2018, Manning filed to run for a Senate seat in Maryland.


The same month he reported Manning to the feds, Lamo told Wired.com that he’d been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome after being briefly hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. Lamo told Wired that he suspected someone had stolen his backpack, and that paramedics were called when the police responding to reports of the alleged theft observed him acting erratically and perhaps slurring his speech.

Wired later updated the story to note that Lamo’s father had reported him to the Sacramento Sherriff’s office, saying he was worried that his son was over-medicating himself with prescription drugs.

In 2011, Lamo told news outlet Al Jazeera that he was in hiding because he was getting death threats for betraying Manning’s confidence and turning him in to the authorities. In 2013, he told The Guardian that he’d struggled with substance abuse “for a while.”

It’s not yet certain what led to Lamo’s demise. He was found dead in a Wichita apartment on March 14. According to The Wichita Eagle, Lamo had lived in the area for more than a year. The paper quoted local resident Lorraine Murphy, who described herself as a colleague and friend of Lamo’s. When Murphy sent him a message in December 2016 asking him what he was up to, he reportedly replied “homeless in Wichita.”

“Adrian was always homeless or on the verge of it,” Murphy is quoted as saying. “He bounced around a great deal, for no particular reason. He was a believer in the Geographic Cure. Whatever goes wrong in your life, moving will make it better. And he knew people all over the country.”

The Eagle reports that Wichita police found no signs of foul play or anything suspicious about Lamo’s death. A toxicology test was ordered but the results won’t be available for several weeks.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

TWiT 658: The Matador Defense

This week in tech - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 19:56

Controversial RyzenFall AMD flaws revealed. Leo gives up Facebook for good over Cambridge Analytica scandal. Broadcom gives up its Qualcomm takeover. Apple announces an education-themed event on March 27th. Farewell Adrian Lamo. Theranos officially charged with fraud. Bitcoin mining will drain the world's energy.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Georgia Dow, Greg Ferro, and Jason Hiner

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-tech

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All service members identified from deadly Iraq helicopter crash

Channel 10 news - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 04:36

The Defense Department has released the names of seven airmen who were killed Thursday when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Four members of the New York Air National Guard were killed: Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, Capt. Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis, Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs and Capt. Andreas O'Keeffe were assigned to 106th Rescue Wing and stationed at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, CBS New York reports.

"This is where we live and serve, and our hearts are broken," Captain Michael O'Hagan said late Saturday night.

Also killed was Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The other two victims were were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida: Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida and Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.

The Air Force helicopter was used for combat search and rescue and was traveling from one area to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near al-Qaim in Anbar Province, killing seven people. The Pentagon said the crash is under investigation and does not appear to be the result of enemy activity.

Raguso and Zanetis, whose names were released Friday, also served as members of the FDNY. New York City's fire commissioner spokespoke about their sacrifice and bravery again Saturday at the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

"What they do is beyond dangerous – going into dangerous situations to bring out wounded people and downed pilots," Nigro said. "They did rescue work here in the United States during the hurricanes just last year."

Raguso previously deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Texas and the Caribbean for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

He joined the FDNY in 2005 and was also a volunteer firefighter in Commack, where he lived with his wife, Carmella, and two young daughters.

"I was with the family last night and this morning. As you can imagine, they're devastated. They can't put it to words how they feel. It's numbing," Commack Fire Dept, Commissioner Pat Fazio said. "It's numbing to us here in the fire department as his fire department family on the volunteer level."

Raguso died the day after his 39th birthday.

"He told his family this was going to be his last mission. He went over there hoping to come home. Unfortunately, he's not coming home," Commack Fire Dept, Commissioner Steven Fontana said.

Zanetis previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined the FDNY in 2004 and was promoted to fire marshal in 2013.

The 37-year-old from Long Island City was an avid athlete and took a leave of absence from the FDNY to attend law school. He recently joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimton.

Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs was a fulltime military member who previously deployed to Afghanistan, Texas and the Caribbean for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The 30-year-old from Port Jefferson Station was the father of two young children.

Capt. Andreas O'Keefe was a fulltime federal employee who previously deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

The 37-year-old was from Center Moriches.

"You can't help but be crushed thinking about their families and all those that love them, and I think it's a state of shock in a big way," O'Hagan said.

Raguso, Briggs and O'Keefe were all from Suffolk County.

"I am heartbroken to learn of reports that seven service members lost their lives last night in a tragic helicopter crash in Iraq. At least one of these heroes served in the New York Air National Guard, 106th Rescue Wing in Suffolk County. The service members in this unit selflessly deploy around the world to provide combat search and rescue coverage for United States and allied forces," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Friday. "This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices our heroes in uniform face every day. My sincere condolences are with the family members and I ask that all New Yorkers keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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1 person in critical condition after northeast Columbus shooting

Channel 10 news - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 00:07

COLUMBUS - One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shooting in northeast Columbus.

The shooting happened at East 5th Avenue and Joyce Avenue around 1:45 am Sunday morning.

Suspect information has not been released.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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Cuomo says he's not worried about Cynthia Nixon, but actions indicate otherwise

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 22:00
In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.
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1 hospitalized after robbery in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 21:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is hospitalized in critical condition following a robbery in south Columbus.

Police said officers responded to the area of Marion Drive and Fairwood Avenue just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

One person was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Police were not able to say why the person was taken to the hospital.

Suspect information has not been released.

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1 person in critical condition after drive-by shooting in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 21:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is in critical condition after a shooting in Columbus on Saturday.

Police said one person was injured in a drive-by shooting in the 800 block of Mansfield Avenue around 10:25 p.m.

The person who was shot was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Suspect information was not released.

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1 treated for burns at Nationwide Children's Hospital after apartment building fire

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 20:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital to be treated for burns after a fire at an apartment building in Columbus.

Firefighters responded to the building in the 700 block of Canonby Place a little after 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Columbus Division of Fire said a neighbor saw there was smoke and helped alert people inside.

When firefighters arrived, they said a small fire on the third floor was out but there was a child who was injured.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin was not able to release the age of the person burned.

The severity of the burns is unclear.

A cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Ohio State eliminated from NCAA Tournament after loss to Gonzaga

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 20:17

BOISE, Idaho - The Ohio State Buckeyes could not fully overcome a 15-0 deficit at the start of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs as 5th-seeded OSU lost 90-84.

At halftime, the score was 44-33 with the 4th-seeded Bulldogs in the lead.

The score was close for some of the second half before Gonzaga was able to pull away and secure the win.

The leading scorer for the Buckeyes was Keita Bates-Diop with 25 points.

The loss knocks OSU out of the NCAA Tournament and ends the team's first season with head coach Chris Holtmann.

The Buckeyes finished better than some thought they would heading into the season. The media selected Ohio State to finish 11th out of 14 in the Big Ten.

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Police forced to clear thousands of students from streets in Dayton on St. Patrick’s Day

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 17:12

DAYTON, Ohio – Police officers, including some in crowd-control gear, cleared around 2,000 students from the streets from a neighborhood near the University of Dayton on Saturday, according to CBS affiliate WHIO.

Police used a loudspeaker to order the students inside or to leave the area.

The students, many wearing green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, were in the Kiefaber Street area.

There are no reports of injuries.

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Officials: Gunman kills 1 at Southern California mall, wounds himself

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 16:40

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Shoppers at a Southern California mall ran into stores and out the exits Saturday after authorities said a gunman shot and killed one person and then turned the gun on himself.

The shooter was wounded and taken to a hospital, according to Ventura County fire Capt. Steve Swindle. He said there was no threat to the public. Shoppers had been locked down at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother at a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the mall.

"I went to Nordstrom to get pants, and the next thing I know, the doors are being sealed," Simpson said.

He said he and his mom were "a little shaken" but OK. They were in the store for more than an hour but shoppers were free to move around and employees were helping people stay comfortable and calm, Simpson said.

Firefighters opened up a nearby fire station as a safety zone for shoppers.

A message left for the Ventura County sheriff's department wasn't immediately returned.

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Officials identify 4 victims in Florida bridge collapse

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 15:47

MIAMI - Miami-Dade Police are releasing the names of three victims pulled from the rubble of a Miami bridge that collapsed two days earlier.

The three were found Saturday in vehicles that were removed from the debris of the pedestrian bridge that fell Thursday at Florida International University.

They are 57-year-old Oswald Gonzalez, 53-year-old Alberto Arias and 60-year-old Rolando Fraga Hernandez, 60. Police also released the identity of victim Navarro Brown, who died at a hospital shortly after the accident.

The bridge was under construction when it collapsed onto a major highway, killing at least six people. Authorities say at least four more vehicles remain entangled in the rubble.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the bridge failed.

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1 person injured in shooting outside northeast Ohio mall

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 15:32

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - One person was hurt in a shooting outside the Beachwood Place mall in northeast Ohio on Saturday.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Beachwood Police Chief Gary Haba told reporters during a press conference.

Haba said one person is in custody and the person who was shot is believed to have injuries that are not life-threatening.

As of around 5 p.m. Saturday, the mall was still on lockdown and Haba said he did not know if it would reopen Saturday.

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Ohio State women's basketball team defeats George Washington to advance in regional

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 13:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Stephanie Mavunga scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as third-seeded Ohio State routed No. 14 George Washington 87-45 on Saturday to advance in the women's NCAA Tournament.

Alexa Hart had 12 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 11 points and seven rebounds as the Buckeyes (28-6) never trailed, took off in the second half and overwhelmed the Colonials (19-10), who had earned a tournament bid by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Ohio State moves on to Monday to play Central Michigan, which outlasted LSU in the first game on Saturday.

Briana Cummings led GW with 14 points, and Neila Luma had 12 before fouling out late in the game. The Colonials shot only 27.3 percent, compared to Ohio State's 56 percent.

Ohio State jumped ahead on a 10-3 run, but GW managed to tie it at 12 near the end of the first period on 3-pointers from Camila Tapias and Mei-Lyn Bautista. The Buckeyes stretched the lead in the second period, ending the first half with a 12-point lead.

The game got out of hand for the Colonials from there as they missed eight straight shots in a stretch of the third period. The Buckeyes led by 30 after three periods.

George Washington was making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance.


George Washington: Midnight came for the Colonials, who couldn't keep up with faster, more talented Ohio State.

Ohio State: No big surprise here. The Buckeyes, who won the Big Ten regular season and roared through the conference tournament, are playing their best basketball at the right time.


Ohio State advances to play Central Michigan on Monday night.

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AP learns fired McCabe kept personal memos regarding President Trump

Channel 10 news - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:48

WASHINGTON — Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos regarding Trump that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey detailing interactions with him, The Associated Press has learned.

It was not immediately clear whether any of McCabe's memos have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal investigation is examining Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, or been requested by Mueller.

McCabe's memos include details of interactions with the president, among other topics, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to discuss the memos publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The disclosure Saturday came hours after Trump called McCabe's firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a "a great day for Democracy." Sessions, acting on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials, acted two days before McCabe's scheduled retirement date.

McCabe suggested the move was part of the Trump administration's "war on the FBI." Trump tweeted in praise of Sessions' announcement Friday night, asserting without elaboration that McCabe "knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels off the FBI!"

Later, Trump claimed there was "tremendous leaking, lying and corruption" atop the FBI, and departments of State of Justice, but offered no evidence.

An upcoming inspector general's report is expected to conclude that McCabe, a Comey confidant, authorized the release of information to the media and was not forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability," Sessions said in a statement.

McCabe said his credibility had been attacked as "part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally" but also the FBI and law enforcement.

"It is part of this administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day," he added, referring to Robert Mueller's probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. "Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the special counsel's work."

Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, cited the "brilliant and courageous example" by Sessions and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and said in a statement Saturday that the No. 2 Justice Department official, Rod Rosenstein, should "bring an end" to the Russia investigation "manufactured" by Comey.

Dowd told The Associated Press that he neither was calling on Rosenstein, the deputy attorney government overseeing Mueller's inquiry, to fire the special counsel immediately nor had discussed with Rosenstein the idea of dismissing Mueller or ending the probe.

McCabe asserted he was singled out because of the "role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath" of Comey's fired by Trump last May.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump's actions, including Comey's ouster, constitute obstruction of justice. McCabe could be an important witness.

Trump, in his Tweet early Saturday, said McCabe's firing was "a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy." He said "Sanctimonious James Comey," as McCabe's boss, made McCabe "look like a choirboy."

McCabe said the release of the findings against him was accelerated after he told congressional officials that he could corroborate Comey's accounts of Comey's conversations with the president.

McCabe spent more than 20 years as a career FBI official and played key roles in some of the bureau's most recent significant investigations. Trump repeatedly condemned him over the past year as emblematic of an FBI leadership he contends is biased against his administration.

McCabe had been on leave from the FBI since January, when he abruptly left the deputy director position. He had planned to retire on Sunday, and the dismissal probably jeopardizes his ability to collect his full pension benefits. His removal could add to the turmoil that has enveloped the FBI since Comey's firing and as the FBI continues its Trump campaign investigation that the White House has dismissed as a hoax.

The firing arises from an inspector general review into how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation. That inquiry focused not only on specific decisions made by FBI leadership but also on news media leaks.

McCabe came under scrutiny over an October 2016 news report that revealed differing approaches within the FBI and Justice Department over how aggressively the Clinton Foundation should be investigated. The watchdog office has concluded that McCabe authorized FBI officials to speak to a Wall Street Journal reporter for that story and that McCabe had not been forthcoming with investigators. McCabe denies it.

In his statement, McCabe said he had the authority to share information with journalists through the public affairs office, a practice he said was common and continued under the current FBI director, Christopher Wray. McCabe said he honestly answered questions about whom he had spoken to and when, and that when he thought his answers were misunderstood, he contacted investigators to correct them.

The media outreach came at a time when McCabe said he was facing public accusations of partisanship and followed reports that his wife, during a run for the state Senate in Virginia, had received campaign contributions from a Clinton ally. McCabe suggested in his statement that he was trying to "set the record straight" about the FBI's independence against the background of those allegations.

With the FBI disciplinarians recommending the firing, Justice Department leaders were in a difficult situation. Sessions, whose job status has for months appeared shaky under his own blistering criticism from Trump, risked inflaming the White House if he decided against firing McCabe. But a decision to dismiss McCabe days before his retirement nonetheless carried the risk of angering his rank-and-file supporters at the FBI.

McCabe became entangled in presidential politics in 2016 when it was revealed that his wife, during her unsuccessful legislative run, received campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton friend. The FBI has said McCabe received the necessary ethics approval about his wife's candidacy and was not supervising the Clinton investigation at the time.

He became acting director following the firing last May of Comey, and immediately assumed direct oversight of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign.

He quickly found himself at odds with the Trump administration.

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