Category: National Security

Washington Post: Senate Report Details Vast Russian Meddling Campaign

The heads of the research groups that prepared the report, Oxford Internet Institute director Phil Howard and Graphika’s CEO John W. Kelly, both testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on August 1 about what their initial work revealed concerning the extent of Russian influence on U.S. elections via social media.

Kelly also told MSNBC that the release of data by Twitter, Facebook, and Google clearly implicated Russia’s Internet Research Agency — which he described as a “contract shop” originally set up for “conditioning the Russian public” before, “at some point, they got the contract to boot up their American influence operations.”

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Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion. We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.

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We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election

Microsoft had already announced that Russian hackers had gone after “three candidates” in the 2018 election, but hadn’t revealed who they were. Identifying McCaskill specifically as a target is incredibly revealing: She’s only up on her Republican opponent by one point in the RealClearPolitics average. If Democrats lose her seat, they face a very tough road to win back the Senate in November. Helping Republicans defeat McCaskill (or another Democratic senator in a Trump-voting state) would be perhaps the single biggest boost that Russia could give to the GOP — and, by extension, to President Trump.

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Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, four days after a summit that led to an uproar in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront Putin for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though U.S. lawmakers and top officials in Trump’s administration have not been briefed on what Trump and Putin discussed in Monday’s summit with only interpreters present.

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Maryland elections company bought by Russian oligarch close to Putin

A company that provides key services for Maryland elections has been bought by a parent company with links to a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, state officials said on Friday after a briefing a day earlier from the FBI.

Maryland officials spoke hours after the US justice department released a grand jury indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for computer hacking offenses during the 2016 US election, which US intelligence agencies agree Moscow sought to influence in favor of Donald Trump.

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