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Intelligence agencies say Russian Federation is targeting USA midterm elections

Intelligence agencies say Russian Federation is targeting USA midterm elections

A part of many of these malign actors is their use of cyber, the nation's top intelligence official said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVEC)- The nation's intelligence agency chiefs said Tuesday there's no doubt the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections with sophisticated cyber operations and false information social media campaigns, and there's no doubt they will keep trying. Someone like retired general Michael Hayden, who led the CIA and National Security Agency, or retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus, should coordinate the response of the Feds and states. They didn't describe the activity, other than to say it was related to information warfare.

"Pence emphasized that it was the "universal conclusion" of all USA intelligence agencies that attempts to meddle in the 2016 vote had no impact on the outcome of the election".

Iran will remain the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism and an adversary in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, Coats said. The briefing also touched on weapons of mass destruction, transnational organized crime, regional threats as well as the online sphere.

The nation's top spy just said Russian Federation will try to influence, and potentially undermine, the 2018 midterms.

"If a person committing domestic violence gets into government, then there's a breakdown in the system", Ryan said at a news conference. At the state level, voters will decide the outcome of 36 gubernatorial elections as well as which party controls numerous state legislatures.

Pompeo added: "Senator Reed, we have a significant effort".

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In what should come as a surprise to literally no one, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump - in his heart of hearts - still does not believe that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election. King continued, "I understand his sensitivity", referring to the federal investigation headed by Robert Mueller into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the election.

We expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to influence, to try to build on its wide range of operations and exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States. And Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said there is "no single agency in charge" of blocking Russian meddling, an admission that drew the ire of Democrats. And Pompeo added that Trump "has made very clear we have an obligation" to make sure policymakers have a deep understanding of the Russian Federation threat.

Coats delivered his remarks while briefing the committee on the US intelligence community's 2018 assessment of the worldwide threats facing USA national security. "It's also the most concerning, given how many aspects of our daily lives in the United States can be disrupted by a well-planned, well-executed cyberattack".

He told the Associated Press that "cyber has been a game-changer in many, many ways". "The United States is under attack - now".

The U.S. director of national intelligence warned on Tuesday that time was running out for the United States to act on the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

He said the U.S must do more to protect itself from being attacked again. "There were efforts by Russian Federation, and likely by other countries to involve or influence American elections, and we take that very seriously", he said.


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