US Intelligence Head: Russian Meddling Is A Global Problem

US Intelligence Head: Russian Meddling Is A Global Problem

"There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful", said Coats who was joined Tuesday by the nation's other top intelligence officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"North Korea continues to pose an ever-more increasing threat to the United States and its interests", Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's annual hearing on worldwide threats.

Their testimony comes as the intelligence community releases its new worldwide threats assessment, which anticipates "Russia will conduct bolder and more disruptive cyber operations during the next year, most likely using new capabilities" to target the USA, its allies, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Ukraine.

He said that he expects Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media and other means to meddle in U.S. politics.

In this sense, he warned that Russian Federation considers "successful" its interference in U.S. elections of 2016, which sought to help Donald Trump to be president, and sees an "opportunity" to influence legislative elections of next November, which They renew dozens of state governor positions, entire House of Representatives and a third of Senate.

The Russians have learned lessons and "upped their game" since President Donald Trump's unexpected victory in the 2016 election, utilizing advertisements and "fake news" articles on Facebook and other social media platforms, Coats said, calling the tactic "pervasive".

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Moscow is conducting activities aimed at having an impact on the next election cycle.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting one of the three main congressional investigations into the Russian Federation issue. King urged the witnesses to push Trump to separate his sensitivity to claims that his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the election from the issue of ongoing Russian interference.


The midterm elections are slated for November 6.

"We can not confront this threat, which [requires] whole of government response, when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists", King said.

"There's no single agency in charge" of blocking potential Russian meddling in this year's USA midterm elections, America's top spy told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday.

"Against our adversaries who seek to sew division in the United States and weaken USA leadership, and non-state actors, including terrorists and criminal groups, are exploiting weak state capacity in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, causing instability and violence both within states and among states", he said. "But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people".

"If we discuss this openly, then the public - who are really the targets of these operations - will be prepared and less susceptible to any influence if and when it does happen", Hultquist said.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee's top Democrat, sounded a similar alarm. "I need to know, what actions do I need to take to make my systems secure against any cyber threat?" Now, America's intelligence chief has warned that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India and quoted that risking an escalation of tension between the two neighbors its bad.

"I would just say, as we said publicly, that we had grave concerns about that memo's release", he said.

"We've had more than a year to get our act together and address the threat posed by Russian Federation and implement a strategy to deter further attacks", Warner said. Both are "widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government", Burr said.

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