US intelligences: US 2018 elections under attack by Russia

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Leaders of USA intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russian Federation will try to interfere in the 2018 US midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign.

Russian Federation was at the center of the committee's annual hearing on worldwide threats where the heads of the nation's top spy agencies were represented, a group which also included Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

Pompeo told Senators there was a "significant effort" to push back against any Russian threat, but when Sen. Both are "widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government", Burr said.

He spoke alongside FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers. Bergmann added: "There have been no Cabinet meetings on Russian interference, no agency has been charged with leading a response, and no election security legislation". China will also pursue efforts aimed at fulfilling its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to expand its economic reach and political influence across Eurasia, Africa, and the Pacific through infrastructure projects, Coats said.

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

"We do have some capabilities offensively to raise the cost for those who would dare challenge the United States elections", Pompeo said.

Russian government cyber-intruders got into a number of state systems in 2016 and although no votes were changed nor major major damage done, officials say, that cyber-threat remains potent across the country. Angus King of ME argued that there was not a clear "doctrine" that dictates what the US response and consequences are when bad actors infiltrate the nation's cybersecurity posture. "It's a serious threat, especially when the leader of the government continues to deny that it exists".

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Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the committee.

Sometimes Trump and the White House accept the dangers the intelligence community says are facing American elections.

"We had grave concerns about that memo's release", Wray said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also gave Wray a chance to speak on accusations by the White House that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "in tatters" and is peopled by agents who are biased against Trump. They responded that Trump made no such direct request of them. The answer is that Trump's ego seems to take precedence over the country's defense - and congressional Republicans are too timid to force action. I think they're going to look askance a lot more at the information that's attempted to be passed in social media ...

Wray seemed to derail a line of questioning by Sen.

Trump's refusal to defend our elections - a blatant instance of disregarding his oath of office - comes in the face of multiple calls to secure our election machinery. Cotton asked Wray if he agrees with former FBI Director James Comey's public description of Steele's findings as "salacious and unverified", and he appeared to expect agreement. He declined to discuss the content of that assessment publicly. Cotton then dropped the subject. Richard Burr (R-NC), said his panel would be issuing a series of reports in coming weeks on what happened in 2016. Pompeo deferred questions about response to Russian Federation later in the hearing, as well, telling Jack Reed (D-RI) that "We have a significant effort, I'm happy to talk to you about in closed session, and it's not just our effort".