Dead Drop: June 28

WHAT’S UP, DOCTRINE? The Joint Chiefs of Staff published a document providing the Pentagon’s policy on the use of nuclear weapons on June 11th.  And then they un-published it, striking the document from government websites.  But you can’t un-ring the bell in e-publishing these days and the Federation of American Scientists captured a copy of the document and re-posted it for all the world to see.  Why did JCS nuke the document?  No one is saying.  Maybe they found a typo. Task& has a lengthy story on the matter.

WHELAN WAITS:  Remember former Marine Paul Whelan who has been in the Moscow hoosegow for over five months, charged with espionage? Associated Press had a story out a few days ago suggesting that he is worried he’s been forgotten.  Whelan appealed to President Trump to save him from what he calls a “political kidnapping.” Intelligence veterans we talked to were pretty sure Whelan is likely to stay in Russian custody as long as Marina Butina is incarcerated here.

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