US intelligence chief warns allies may turn away from US on trade

US intelligence chief warns allies may turn away from US on trade

US intelligence chief warns allies may turn away from US on trade

Recall that President Donald Trump famously denies that Russian Federation tried to interfere, even though American intelligence agencies unanimously believe Moscow wanted Trump to win and worked hard to ensure he did.

"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful, and views the 2018 USA midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations".

His assessment was echoed by all five other intelligence agency heads present at the hearing, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who two weeks ago stated publicly that he had "every expectation" that Russian Federation will try to influence the coming election.

But Coats acknowledged that the "behind the curve" in coming up with policies to penalize those who hack America's critical infrastructure, interfere with elections, undermine the government or hit financial institutions.

Like the leaders of the Intelligence Committee, Blunt mentioned the year's primary season that kicks off in March.

Coats said that the long-range nuclear missile would pose a threat to the entire US, adding that even conventional weapons could be used to harm South Korea, Japan and USA targets in the region.

Last month, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he had "every expectation" that Russian Federation will interfere with the midterm elections, a prediction he repeated Tuesday. He said the Central Intelligence Agency has seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle, although he did not elaborate on the activity.

"I'm a big believer in the idea that the Federal Bureau of Investigation speaks through its work, through its cases, though the victims it protects", Wray said.

Coats was less coy, saying that 9-11 had happened because of a similar failure of intelligence.

The assessment comes amid biting politics surrounding ongoing federal investigations into what intelligence officials say was an expansive Russian meddling operation created to disrupt the 2016 USA presidential election. But that skepticism has endured even after Trump hand-selected his own intel chiefs and they reiterated the conclusions of their predecessors.

"I participated in the assessment".

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"I agree", stated Pompeo.

Earlier this month, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed that Russian Federation had hacked voter systems in 2016.

Concern about Russian meddling in elections runs across all 29 member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, he said.

Coats said he expected that Pyongyang would continue missile testing into 2018.

North Korea, in particular, represents what Coats referred to as "a potentially existential threat" to the United States. Coats said foreign governments, terrorist groups, criminal organizations and individuals "are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States".

Pompeo then said that he did want to comment at that time whether or not USA adversaries are aware of US preparedness to deter attacks.

But members of Trump's cabinet have bucked Trump and sided with the intelligence community including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said in October: "When a country can come interfere in another country's elections, that is warfare".

The intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they were concerned about the upcoming midterm elections.

"Voting begins next month".

King went on to say that the USA needs a clear doctrine for fighting cyberattacks, or else we're fighting with our hands tied behind our back.

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