US Intelligence Agencies Expect Russia to Target Midterm Elections

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The global threats report issued Tuesday also says the risk of conflict with North Korea is higher today than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

Coats, a former member of the Intelligence Committee, guided a virtual tour Tuesday of security threats faced by the United States and its allies. According to the Intelligence Chief, more nuclear testing can be expected within the next year, regardless of seemingly warming relations with their neighbor and US ally, South Korea.

The remarks made by Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, came three days after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu, killing 10 people including seven soldiers.

"We have seen Russian activities and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle", Pompeo said.

American intelligence officials said that Russian hackers are scanning American electoral systems and using bot armies on social media to spread propaganda.

The heads of the lead U.S. intelligence agencies warned that Russian Federation intends to use cyberattacks, more propaganda, and other tactics to try and influence upcoming elections for the U.S. Congress and in some European countries.

The nation's top intelligence officials say the U.S.is seeing signs of Russian meddling in upcoming midterm elections.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to press officials on whether Trump has directed them to take "specific actions to confront and to blunt" Russian interference activities. 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.

"Every office I go to, every division I go to has patriots", Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I'm happy to talk about it in closed session".

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Several senators asked the intelligence chiefs during the hearing whether there was a plan in place to combat the expected hacking.

He explained that the U.S.is now entering a period in which technology is essential and technological superiority should be a priority for the defense of the country.

Wray said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been providing "defensive briefings" to larger US telecom companies to recognize the threats.

Beyond the USA media and political space, the document asserts that the Moscow is particularly focused on such former Soviet republics as Ukraine, with a desire to counter "efforts by Washington and its allies "efforts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet states into European institutions".

He said Russia, China, Iran and North Korea "pose the greatest threats" to the electronic operations of USA government and commerce.

And the nuclear threat from North Korea is especially dire.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivered a stern assessment on foreign interference in American politics. He offered to describe that analysis only in a closed, classified session.

Late last week, The New York Times and the Intercept reported that the Trump administration entered into negotiations with a hacker and a Russian intermediary and spent $100,000 to try to retrieve cyber tools stolen by hackers from both the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency.

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