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14 February, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts" to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign "as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations", said Coats, the leader of the US government's 17 intelligence agencies.
United States director of national intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate panel on Tuesday (Feb 13) that the country's bitter political wrangling and growing debt posed grave threats to the country's national security.
Coats said will be among the most volatile and confrontational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats to the USA over the next year.
"We expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States", Coats said.
America's leading intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the 2016 presidential election to undermine the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton and boost Donald Trump's chances.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said it's been more than a year since the 2016 election, but the us still has no plan to battle foreign interference in elections.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Americans should remember that the North Korean leader's sister "is the head of the propaganda and agitation department".
Government countermeasures likely include going public with concerns that Russian hackers will seek to influence the 2018 elections, said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis with the cyber security firm FireEye Inc. "This is not going to change or stop".
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., pressed Coats and other intelligence leaders on whether President Donald Trump has directed them "to take specific actions to confront and blunt Russian influence activities that are ongoing".
Trump has steadfastly denied any collusion took place.
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Senators and the spy bosses said they anxious that the past denials about collusion and the partisan battles have stolen the focus in Washington from what should be the main national effort - deterring interference and defending elections now and in the future.
American Intelligence Chief Dan Coats has claimed that Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical ones.
"This threat did not begin in 2016, and it certainly didn't end with the election".
The companies have repeatedly denied that the Chinese government is using them to spy on the United States.
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But even members of Trump's own Cabinet - including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Hailey - have rebuffed the President and sided with the intelligence community instead. "From U.S. businesses, to the federal government, to state and local governments, the United States is threatened by cyber attacks every day".
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