Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Intelligence officials say Russian Federation intent on disrupting future U.S. elections

Intelligence officials say Russian Federation intent on disrupting future U.S. elections

"Our role in the intelligence community is to provide all of the information we possibly can so our policymakers can take that and shape the policy for how we'll respond to this [threat, ]" Coats said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Russian Federation has determined that cyber operations to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign was "successful", and this year's midterms is the next likely target.

"We expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to [exercise] influence, try to build on its wide range of operations, and exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States".

USA intelligence chiefs said yesterday that Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term Congressional elections in November.

Let's be clear about what Coats just said.


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.

Coats said the government's ability to force changes at social media companies, which have come under scrutiny over the spread of false information, is limited.

In what amounted to an exhaustive testimony, Coats also emphasized the threat that America's growing debt poses to national security, Politico.

The 2018 threat assessment presented by Mr. Coats on Tuesday says USA intelligence expects Russia's activities could be a factor in the upcoming American midterm elections. Both are "widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government", Burr said. "That's something we can discuss more in a closed setting", he said.

The New York Times and The Intercept reported last week that intelligence officials agreed previous year to pay hackers over a $1 million in order to obtain information that was said to include compromising information on Trump. "In our view, the suggestion the Central Intelligence Agency was swindled is false".


Wray provided a brief timeline of when the FBI submitted its reports on the investigation as part of Porter's clearance process, saying that the investigation was completed in late July.

China also intends to use its "One Belt, One Road" initiative to increase its reach to geostrategic locations across Eurasia, Africa and the Pacific, he said.

Wray reiterated on Tuesday his concerns about a Republican-drafted memo that the president declassified earlier in February alleging surveillance abuses against a former Trump adviser. Bot armies promoted partisan causes on social media, including the recent push to release a Republican congressional memo critical of law enforcement officials.The bots have also sought to portray the F.B.I. and Justice Department as infected by partisan bias, said Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee.

"Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen first identified the national debt as the greatest threat to our national security", Coats said.


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