U.S. intelligence: Russian Federation to increase election meddling

14 February, 2018, 19:56 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here", Pompeo testified before the Senate intelligence committee.

They told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they would provide more details in a classified session later in the day.

"We will continue to work towards conclusions related to any cooperation or collusion by any individual, campaign, or company, with efforts to influence the outcome of elections or to create societal chaos in the United States", Burr said.

Let's be clear about what Coats just said.

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"If the president would only say that", King said. "My problem is I talk to people in Maine that say, 'The whole thing is a witch-hunt and hoax because the president told me'". In response to a nationwide survey distributed by the Brennan Center for Justice at [New York University] Law, 229 officials in 33 states reported they need to replace their voting machines by 2020.

"We can not confront this threat, which is a serious one, with a whole of government response when the leader of the government continues to deny it exists".

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats tells The Associated Press they're coming from governments, militant groups, criminal organizations and people with the technical know-how to breach USA agencies, intelligence bodies and the military. "That's something we can discuss more in a closed setting", he said.

It's unclear what the U.S.is doing covertly to battle back. And last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News that the U.S.is seeing "certain behaviors" of Russian meddling in elections in the Northern Hemisphere, including "in the U.S." this year. The file was then closed in January but said earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received "additional information" and passed that along to the proper agencies. "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".

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Another issue brought into focus by the committee revolved around the resignation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Porter had been serving with an interim security clearance while his background check was pending, the White House said. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, similarly said Trump has not urged him to address Russian meddling.

Democrats are expected to ask whether Wray, who in December defended his agency's independence and integrity before the House Judiciary Committee, is still confident that his agents are acting in an impartial manner in the Russian Federation probe.

US intelligence concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which has led to the current FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign connections. "Afghan national security forces face unsteady performance, but with coalition support, probably will maintain control of most major population centers", the director said.

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The CIA denied the allegations. "In our view, the suggestion the Central Intelligence Agency was swindled is false. The CIA provided no money or resources to those individuals who offered the US government information directly or indirectly at any time".


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