White Home refuses safety clearance for Ashkan Soltani

White House refuses security clearance for Ashkan Soltani

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Final month White Home CTO Megan Smith introduced that Ashkan Soltani can be becoming a member of her employees as a senior advisor, after leaving his publish because the FTC’s chief technologist. Right now, Soltani revealed he will be unable to take the job, after being knowledgeable by the Workplace of Personnel Safety that he’s not receiving the required safety clearance. There isn’t any rationalization as to why that’s, however as The Guardian mentions and lots of are speculating, it could possibly be a results of Soltani’s participation in Pulitzer-profitable reporting for the Washington Publish overlaying the Edward Snowden revelations. We have contacted the White Home and the Workplace of Science and Know-how Coverage however haven’t acquired any response.

Bittersweet finish to my stint in authorities — I am dissatisfied to announce my departure from @whitehouseostp pic.twitter.com/nYlBI1b2ur

— ashkan soltani (@ashk4n) January 29, 2016

Additionally, anybody know if @whoismrrobot or @SHO_Homeland want any material specialists? Would like to do one thing enjoyable for a bit. :)

— ashkan soltani (@ashk4n) January 30, 2016

Excited to welcome our extraordinary colleague @Ashk4n to @whitehouseOSTP! #TechiesInGov #Knowledge #Privateness #Innovation pic.twitter.com/iPiD9XM89r

— Megan Smith (@USCTO) December sixteen, 2015

Ashkan’s WaPo Snowden tales pressured Yahoo to activate HTTPS & revealed spying on Google knowledge middle hyperlinks. I think NSA hasnt forgiven him.

— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) January 30, 2016