Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to inform him in person of […]

Merkel: evidence of Russian role in German parliament hack

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday there is “hard evidence” of Russian involvement in a cyberattack on the German parliament in 2015 that reportedly also involved the theft of documents from her own parliamentary office. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported last week that federal prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant against an […]

Putin signs Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday endorsed Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy which allows him to use atomic weapons in response to a conventional strike targeting the nation’s critical government and military infrastructure. By including a non-nuclear attack as a possible trigger for Russian nuclear retaliation, the document appears to send a warning signal […]

Russia slams US arguments for low-yield nukes

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected U.S. arguments for fielding low-yield nuclear warheads, warning that an attempt to use such weapons against Russia would trigger an all-out nuclear retaliation. The U.S. State Department argued in a paper released last week that fitting the low-yield nuclear warheads to submarine-launched ballistic missiles would […]

Q&A: What does ‘unmasking’ someone in an intel report mean?

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, Obama administration officials received intelligence reports that were concerning, but incomplete. Surveillance of Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. revealed he had interacted with an unnamed American who may have been undercutting efforts to pressure Vladimir Putin’s government. Using a common process known as “unmasking,” they asked intelligence agencies to reveal […]

Trump’s top spy pick vows he won’t politicize intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Ratcliffe, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top intelligence official, was nothing if not consistent as he told lawmakers a dozen or so times that he wouldn’t allow politics to color information he took to the president. The senators kept asking anyway as Trump’s firing or forcing out […]

Intel nominee faces skeptics, vows to resist Trump pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for national intelligence director sought at his confirmation hearing Tuesday to shed his reputation as a loyalist to the president, insisting to skeptical Democrats that he would carry out the job free of political influence or partisan bias. The comments from Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, were […]

Trump says without evidence Dems leak intel to hurt Sanders

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that Democrats who don’t want Bernie Sanders to win their party’s presidential nomination tried to hurt the senator’s chances by leaking information about Russian activities promoting his campaign. Trump gave no evidence for his claim. “Bernie is probably winning — looks like he’s winning and […]

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, according to three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing. Trump pushed back Friday accusing Democrats of launching a disinformation campaign. “Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying […]

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S. election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks into this year’s election cycle, Russia already is actively interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign in hopes of reelecting President Donald Trump, and is also trying to help the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, intelligence officials have concluded. The Russian efforts are aimed at undermining public […]

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