Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Intelligence Chiefs: Russia intends to keep meddling in U.S. elections

Intelligence Chiefs: Russia intends to keep meddling in U.S. elections

We are not going to allow some Russian to tell us how we're going to vote.

Officials refused to be drawn into specifics but said they would offer further details in a classified session in the afternoon.

Investigators have found an adversary in the President, who has cast doubt on the notion that Russian Federation sought to influence the election in his favour, claiming it's a made-up excuse by the Democrats to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss. "Meanwhile, U.S. allies' and partners' uncertainty about the willingness and capability of the United States to maintain its global commitments may drive them to consider reorienting their policies, particularly regarding trade, away from Washington".

"The 2018 US midterm elections are a potential target for Russian influence operations". Americans and people across the West, they said, should expect election interference through this year and beyond.

North Korea's relentless push for nuclear weapons that could strike the United States and its increasing cyberwarfare activities pose legitimate concerns for U.S. national security, the officials said.

"My problem is, I talk to people in Maine who say, 'the whole thing is a witch hunt and it's a hoax, ' because that's what the president told me", said Sen.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivered a stern assessment on foreign interference in American politics.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) appeared to surprise the witnesses by asking if Trump had specifically urged them to address the Russian threat.

At a June 2017 press conference in Poland, he again said Russian Federation meddled in the election, but added that "other people and other countries" likely did as well.


Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 13, 2018.

Terror groups supported by Pakistan will continue to carry out attacks inside India, the United States intelligence chief has warned.

Coats said, "We take all kinds of steps to disrupt Russian activities".

But as has been the case for years, the intelligence leaders presented cyberactivities of rival nations and rogue groups as the foremost threat facing the United States.

USA federal prosecutors have also suspected that North Korea was behind the 2016 cyber theft of $81 million from the Bank of Bangladesh and the massive cyber attack against Sony Entertainment in 2014, which resulted in the leaks of thousands of private emails, social security numbers, unreleased films, and a complete data wipe of half of the company's network.

The appearance of Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong at the Olympics has led to gushing coverage from some American media outlets, with stories suggesting Pyongyang's delegation is diplomatically outflanking the U.S. The report singled out Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as posing the greatest cyber threats to the U.S. "What we are seeing is a continuous assault by Russian Federation to target and undermine our democratic institutions, and they are going to keep coming at us". "We are behind the curve in coming to a policy", he acknowledged. Coats said regional tension will persist due to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes and simmering tension over territorial and maritime disputes in the ECS and SCS. He even convinced Pompeo to personally meet with a conspiracy theorist who denies that Russian Federation hacked the DNC.

From Islamic State to al-Qaeda, "Sunni violent extremists" are still bent on attacking the USA and American interests overseas, "but their attacks will be most frequent in or near conflict zones or against enemies that are more easily accessible".

-Russian and Chinese weapons to attack enemy satellites in space will likely reach initial operational capability in the next few years.

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