US 2018 elections 'under attack' by Russia - US intelligence chief

14 February, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • US intelligence leaders testify before Senate Intelligence Committee

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the six heads of the USA intelligence community gave their assessment that Russian Federation believes its 2016 election meddling was "highly successful" and they are laying the groundwork to meddle in the midterm elections later this year, Catherine Herridge reported on "Outnumbered Overtime".

The U.S. government's top intelligence official said on Tuesday he expects Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, false personas and other tactics to undermine the upcoming elections.

Coats told members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee that they "need to assume that there might be interference" after Russian Federation "upped their game" by manipulating social media ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo also attended the hearing.

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

"This is pervasive", Coats said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said he has not been "specifically directed by the president" to combat Russian meddling.

- The top USA intelligence chiefs told lawmakers that they have seen signs of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.

The spy agencies' conclusion spawned multiple congressional and federal probes into the matter, including one by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Propaganda will come in the form of social media bots and Russian hackers are already attempting to gain access to the electoral system, officials said.

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"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Mr. Trump said of Putin in November.

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"Before the primaries begin, we intend to have an overview of our findings that will be public", Burr announced, saying his panel would hold an open hearing on election security in 2018.

'We've had more than a year to get our act together, ' top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says.

"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.

Coats, a former member of the Intelligence Committee, guided a virtual tour Tuesday of security threats faced by the United States and its allies. The American people are smart people.

"We face a complex volatile and challenging threat environment", he said.

Coats said the White House was receiving all relevant information needed to direct strategy.

Pompeo and Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley stressed that Kim Jong-un's "strategic calculus" has not changed. "I think there needs to be a national cry for that", the former IN senator said IN remarks broadcast by C-SPAN.

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