Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020 Elections
Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020-10-23 16:03:42
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr requesting an official briefing on Russian and Iranian interference... Read More

Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020 Elections
Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020-10-05 12:56:14
by Reece Nations

The United States’ intelligence community is expecting active Russian disinformation efforts to influence the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to analysis by the RAND Corporation. Among the corporation’s key findings was that technological innovation has made widespread propaganda... Read More

William Barr Floats Theory of Foreign Mail-vote Fraud That Experts Call Impossible
2020 Elections
William Barr Floats Theory of Foreign Mail-vote Fraud That Experts Call Impossible

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly floated a conspiracy theory that other countries may distribute counterfeit mail-in ballots to sway the November election. That’s virtually impossible, according to election officials, ballot-printing companies and political scientists. Yet it’s a... Read More

Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says
2020 Elections
Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says

President Donald Trump is playing into Russia’s hands by claiming that his political adversaries are trying to rig the U.S. election, a former senior intelligence official said. Sue Gordon, who left the second-highest post in the Office of the Director... Read More

Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence
2016 U.S. Election
Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence

WASHINGTON — Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief. The complaint by Brian Murphy alleges interference from... Read More

Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska
Geopolitics
Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that... Read More

Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning
Foreign Affairs
Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old... Read More

Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds
Political News
Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign eagerly capitalized on Russia’s efforts to meddle in the U.S. election four years ago, according to a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report that raises new concerns about connections between his top aides and... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots
Health
Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says
Elections
Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch. “Voting is the hardest thing to secure... Read More

Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
Military
Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
2020-07-29 20:32:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is winding down the U.S. military presence in Germany, and relocating some, but not all of those troops closer to the Russian border, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday. The decision marks a major force restructuring... Read More

U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
Geopolitics
U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
2020-07-24 13:28:42
by Gaspard Le Dem

U.S. Space Command on Wednesday said it had proof that Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon from outer space last week. The agency, which is in charge of U.S. military operations in space, said that a Russian satellite by the name... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
Cybersecurity
National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
2020-07-16 13:37:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans agreed Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. government needs a more proactive strategy for protecting against cyberattacks but disagreed how to accomplish it. Democrats want a new agency to address cyberthreats while Republicans... Read More

Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe
U.S. Senate
Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a spokesperson for the panel’s Republican majority. Graham of South... Read More

Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
Intelligence
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
2020-07-10 20:07:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
2020-07-02 14:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
Political News
United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
2020-06-30 16:32:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both parties on Capitol Hill continue to demand answers from the Trump administration about reported bounties paid by Russian operatives to Afghan insurgents for targeting American troops. Administration officials held a briefing for a limited number... Read More

Trump Struggles As Furor Grows Over Reported Russian Bounty Offer to Kill U.S. Troops
Political News
Trump Struggles As Furor Grows Over Reported Russian Bounty Offer to Kill U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, confronted with a damaging report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and allied troops in Afghanistan, declared Sunday on Twitter that he was never briefed about the finding by U.S. intelligence.... Read More

Russian Warplanes in Libya Could Open New Phase in Middle East’s Biggest Proxy War
Geopolitics
Russian Warplanes in Libya Could Open New Phase in Middle East’s Biggest Proxy War

BEIRUT — The warplanes, a mix of at least 14 MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 fighter-bombers, appear to have taken off from a base in Russia sometime in the middle of May and flown to Hmeimeem, Russia’s airbase on Syria’s Mediterranean... Read More

Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Geopolitics
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
2020-05-22 12:47:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations... Read More

Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn
In The News
Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved Thursday to drop its prosecution of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and the only White House official charged in the Russia investigation, a dramatic undoing of one of the most... Read More

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference
2020 Elections
White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia
In The News
Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to... Read More

Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down
In The News
Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends. Prime... Read More

Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says
In The News
Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, Russian hackers attacked the Ukrainian gas company linked to the inquiry, according to cybersecurity experts. Researchers at Area 1, a security company run by a former National... Read More

Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is “concerned” about a report that Russia may be attempting to undermine Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump’s top national security official said Sunday. Trump has warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, not... Read More

Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says
Cybersecurity
Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unveiled criminal charges and sanctions against members of a hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp, which authorities blame for some of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. The Justice... Read More

White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End
Impeachment
White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End

WASHINGTON — Two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump closed Thursday with a collective warning from witnesses: Russia is again trying to sow political discord in the U.S. and interfere in the presidential election... Read More

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