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Secret ‘Goldilocks’ documents

June 19, 2023
Hello, Insiders. Hallam Bullock, an editor on Insider’s audience team, here. Today marks Juneteenth, a federal holiday in the US commemorating the end of slavery. From parades to pageants, here’s how America has celebrated Juneteenth over the decades.


Today, we’re exploring how the jury at Trump’s potential trial may get a glimpse at some government secrets. But, like Goldilocks, prosecutors have to make sure the classified evidence is just right.


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Blinken, Ackman, & Ireland

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  • Ireland will pay people up to $92,000 to move to idyllic remote islands. The new initiative will come into effect on July 1. More here.

‘Goldilocks’ evidence

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In a potential trial over classified documents, how do you present evidence to the jury without jeopardizing national secrets? 

That’s the question facing prosecutors putting forth a case against former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents. The answer: they have to find the perfect “Goldilocks” documents.

A “Goldilocks” document, according to former DOJ prosecutor David Aaron, is a file that is “sensitive, but not too sensitive.” Something secret enough to prove the prosecution’s point — but not something so secret that it puts the US at risk.

Aaron told The Washington Post that, in the case of a public trial, intelligence agencies would also determine how the classified documents would be spoken about. He said the court, counsel, and the jury would likely communicate via code, known as the “silent witness rule.”


McCarthy, Reddit, & fighter jets

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  • Reddit’s CEO doubled down on the API changes that the platform is enforcing next month. The recent policy change could cost popular third-party Reddit apps millions. But CEO Steve Huffman said: “These aren’t like side projects or charities.” More on his comments here.
  • A former Goldman partner reportedly paid a multimillion-dollar settlement. Bloomberg reported that Adam Dell allegedly shared a sexually explicit video with a younger female colleague by mistake. Read more here.
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  • A first-time cruise ship rider shared six things other first-timers should know. The location of your cabin is crucial to how rocked you’ll get while sleeping. Plus, formal-night attire wasn’t enforced on the boat. See all the tips here.
  • Tiny Japanese pick-up trucks that cost about $5,000 are winning fans in America. Kei trucks are about 11 feet long and are typically limited to 25 miles an hour. They’re a common sight on Japanese roads, but now Americans are drawn to the compact, versatile, and cheap vehicles.

‘White Lotus’

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“I stayed in a 5-star Hawaii hotel for $2,275 a night.” Insider’s Chloe Pantazi went to the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, which was the hotel in season one of “The White Lotus.” She was shocked to find amenities she’d never seen before, including a beach tote and reusable water bottles. Check it out.

So Expensive

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This edition was curated by Hallam Bullock, and edited by Lisa Ryan, Jack Sommers and Diamond Naga Siu. Get in touch:

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