Russia Will Try to Interfere in 2018 Midterms, US Intelligence Agencies Say

Ultras to continue attacks in India US

We assess that North Korea has a longstanding Biological Weapons (BW) capability and biotechnology infrastructure that could support a BW programme.

Other times, Trump or White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders call the stories about the interference, or its investigation, a hoax perpetuated by sore-loser Democrats. The new details add to the further complications in the administration's response to handling Porter's resignation amid allegations of domestic abuse.

It further warned that Pakistan's "eroding position relative to India", persisting economic weakness and domestic security issues will "exacerbate" its long-held fears of global isolation and drive it to actions that run counter to USA goals in the region.

He said that some of the actors "including Russian Federation, are likely to pursue even more aggressive cyberattacks with the intent of degrading our democratic values and weakening our alliances".

"This is pervasive", Coats said.

"We realize we have to answer for the American people, what did Russian Federation do to mess with the 2016 elections", he added.

Cotton asked the assembled intelligence chiefs to raise their hands if they would use and phones or other devices from Huawei and ZTE, or recommend that ordinary Americans do so. "And I encourage our folks not to get hung up with what I consider the noise on TV and social media".

Coats said the government's ability to force changes at social media companies, which have come under scrutiny over the spread of false information, is limited.

More news: The Mark McMorris story: From agony to ecstasy

Senators say they want to lay a foundation publicly for more work by Congress and in the states because the problem is here to stay.

Russian Federation uses these tools - including the cyber weapon - because "it's relatively cheap, it's low risk, it offers what they perceive as plausible deniability and it's proven to be effective at sowing division", he said.

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

"There should be no doubt that Russian Federation perceives its past operations as successful", Coats added.

Wray was asked by Sen.

"Several agencies throughout the federal government have equities in this", he said.

The 2018 threat assessment presented by Mr. Coats on Tuesday says US intelligence expects Russia's activities could be a factor in the upcoming American midterm elections. He said that the regime has stated it does not "intend to negotiate nuclear weapons away" which they deem critical to its security. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

Coats expressed concern that North Korean decision-making is heavily centered on Kim.

Related News:

  • Russia calls for restraint from Israel, Syria

    Russia calls for restraint from Israel, Syria

    The IDF also confirmed with Xinhua that one Israeli F-16 fighter was hit and crashed, and the pilots were forced to abandon the fighter.
    USA  mother abandons newborn after giving birth in airport bathroom

    USA mother abandons newborn after giving birth in airport bathroom

    The baby was left on a changing table in one of the airport's changing rooms with a note reading, " Please help me ". They say the baby is healthy and remains in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
    Patriots 'Rivalry Is Back On' After Josh McDaniels Backs Out — Colts GM

    Patriots 'Rivalry Is Back On' After Josh McDaniels Backs Out — Colts GM

    However, Schefter said McDaniels' decision to stay with the Patriots had nothing to do with money, but due to his family. Ballard denied what he called "rumors" around quarterback Andrew Luck and his timetable for a return to the field.
  • Bomber gets life in prison for NY and NJ attacks

    Bomber gets life in prison for NY and NJ attacks

    In court, Rahimi echoed his father's remarks, seeming to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not stopping him sooner. District Judge Richard Berman also gave him the maximum on the other counts for a total of two life sentences plus 30 years.
    Sea of Thieves Will Have Premium Shop, But No Loot Boxes

    Sea of Thieves Will Have Premium Shop, But No Loot Boxes

    You can also take the visual fidelity as high as you'd like, as evidenced by the spec sheet for the game provided by the studio. In a visit to Rare last week, Daily Star Online had the opportunity to see Rare in action ahead of the launch of the game.
    All-round Australia sweep into tri-series final

    All-round Australia sweep into tri-series final

    But England got off to a dream start as Willey had danger-man Warner caught behind from the third ball of the innings on just two. The hosts continued their ideal T20I run to make it to the tri-series final which will be played in Auckland on February 21.
  • Rand firms as investors wait to see if Jacob Zuma will go

    Rand firms as investors wait to see if Jacob Zuma will go

    This raises the possibility that Mr Ramaphosa , who is deputy president, could replace Mr Zuma by the weekend or even earlier. Zuma had asked the party to give him a notice period of three to six months but that had been rejected, Magashule said.
    YouTube cuts off Logan Paul's advertising revenue over 'pattern of behaviour'

    YouTube cuts off Logan Paul's advertising revenue over 'pattern of behaviour'

    YouTube has decided after witnessing the "pattern of behavior" of youtuber Logan Paul to drop advertising on his channels . The disturbing rat video shows Paul deciding what to do about the bodies of two dead rodents on the balcony of his home.
    Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

    Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

    The trains between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will depart London twice a day, at 8:31 a.m. and 5:31 p.m. Eurostar is the passenger train service that runs from London to Paris, Brussels and other destinations in France.
  • I like the Obama portraits

    I like the Obama portraits

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald / Oil on linen, 2018 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Another portrait of President Obama will eventually be unveiled at the White House, though likely not for a few years.
    Olympics Luge Men's Final medal results, highlights and more

    Olympics Luge Men's Final medal results, highlights and more

    Far more heartbreaking was Loch; he hopped just the tiniest bit on his final run, enough to drop him into fifth. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.
    Oxfam to face United Kingdom  government review over Haiti sex worker scandal

    Oxfam to face United Kingdom government review over Haiti sex worker scandal

    The Charity Commission took no further action at the time but says it would have acted differently had it known all the facts. It said one of the instances was "a case of failings in adequate safeguarding", which was reported to the Charity Commission.

Most liked

Local florists prepare for Valentine's Day
Chantel Diehl said it was the positive reviews from that convinced her to order flowers from the company. Although once Valentine's Day is here, they are usually reminded about the amount of energy it takes to get through it.

Figure skaters win Canada 1st gold medal at Pyeongchang Olympics
You have to be pretty fortunate to do multiple games and have a shot at medals. The pair finished fourth in both the short program and free skate.

Here's the moment Slovenia ripped out Team USA's heart in OT
Brian O'Neill gave team US a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period off a nice assist from Roe Garrett from behind the net. Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves as the United States failed to protect a two-goal lead in the final period.

'Ask Paul Souness' - Mourinho snipes at Liverpool legend over 'schoolboy' Pogba comments
Manchester United slipped to a surprise defeat to struggling Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday, as Matt Ritchie scored the only goal of the game after 66 minutes.

Winter Storm Warning Issued as Heavy Snow Heads Toward Central Iowa
As we would expect, the heavy snow area outlined above is for most of the southern third of Lower Michigan. The express lanes will close at 9 p.m. for snow removal and will reopen in the inbound direction at 5 a.m.

Jacob Zuma's Exit From South Africa Presidency to Be Finalized Monday
Ramaphosa said successful resolution of the issue around the presidency had significant consequences for South Africa and the ANC. For Piet Zati, an unemployed father of four from Cape Town's Khayelitsha township, a change in power can't happen soon enough.

State AG asks court to intervene in sale of Weinstein company
The suit charges that the human resources department at the Weinstein Company was completely corrupt. Allegations first surfaced in October after an investigative report by the New York Times.

At Winter Games opening ceremony, a message of peace
Otto had been in North Korea on an organized tour when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. But Pyongyang's nuclear programme will hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together.

Kim Jong Un's sister stealing show at Olympics
The hardline USA policy is at odds with the more conciliatory approach towards the North favoured by South Korea . And that folder? It turns out it contained a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's president.

18 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong
While Hong Kong has a well-developed and generally safe public transportation system, fatal bus crashes have persisted. The bus was operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) - the largest franchise in Hong Kong.

CORRECTED - House Speaker Ryan: House likely to pass US budget deal
Other Democrats registered their disappointment with the lack of provisions on DACA and illegal immigrant Dreamers. However, the Senate deal does not resolve the issue of immigration, a key point for house Democrats.

LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy, citing fraud
L.L.Bean should have information on file for customers who bought from it directly and provided their information at the time. Bean customer service representatives were required to ask for a reason for a product's return.

Third-ranking US Justice Department official resigns amid turmoil
She will reportedly be leaving after serving nine months at the department for a general counsel job in the private sector. Both Rosenstein and Sessions have become the subjects of Trump's ire in connection with the probe.

Trump tweet on National Football League player's death 'ghoulish and inappropriate'
Authorities said Jackson was the passenger of a ride-sharing operator, identified as 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon, Indiana. He faces up to 10 years in prison on that charge, which will be handled after in authorities resolve the Jackson case.

Sask. tied for 2nd lowest unemployment rate in Canada
But all the losses last month were in part-time job which decreased by 137,000 while full-time jobs rose by 49,000. Nationally, the unemployment rate increased slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 5.9 per cent in January.