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» What makes Putin tick? – The New European
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The New European What makes Putin tick? The New European In Putinism , Russia has reverted to the cult of personality, in this case, a personality defined by historic resentments, national chauvinism, and a lack of concern for human life…

» Interview: Kasparov Says Putin Waging ‘War Against The Free World,’ But Is Tasting Failure For First Time – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Interview: Kasparov Says Putin Waging ‘War Against The Free World,’ But Is Tasting Failure For First Time RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Since then, he has continued to be a vocal critic of Russian President Vl…

» Top Armed Services Dem to propose bill to address Russian aggression – The Hill
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The Hill Top Armed Services Dem to propose bill to address Russian aggression The Hill The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee will introduce in the coming weeks a bill aimed at forcing the Trump administration to craft …

» Oliver Stone Defines Useful Idiot in ‘The Putin Interviews’ – War Is Boring
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The Moscow Times Oliver Stone Defines Useful Idiot in ‘The Putin Interviews’ War Is Boring To here Putin tell it, he cares about climate change, nuclear disarmament and peaceful relations with the West. Russia’s president smiles when he’…

» How Vladimir Putin spends his mysterious fortune rumoured to be worth $70 billion – The Independent
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The Independent How Vladimir Putin spends his mysterious fortune rumoured to be worth $70 billion The Independent Some claim Putin is the richest man in the world, yet according to the Kremlin, he earns around $133,000 a year and lives i…

» White House spokesman does not rule out Trump-Putin July meeting in Germany – Reuters
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Reuters White House spokesman does not rule out Trump- Putin July meeting in Germany Reuters FILE PHOTO: A combination of file photos showing Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, J…

» US Army Chief Wants Vladimir Putin to Let Russia’s Nervous Neighbors Watch His War Games – Newsweek
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Newsweek US Army Chief Wants Vladimir Putin to Let Russia’s Nervous Neighbors Watch His War Games Newsweek The United States’s top Army commander in Europe wants international observers to attend Russian military drills ahead of the upco…

» Facing Putin, Trump will confront complex swirl of controversy – CNN
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CNN Facing Putin , Trump will confront complex swirl of controversy CNN And while both the White House and the Kremlin say there have been no formal preparations for sit-down talks, there’s little doubt among officials in both countries …

» Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty LONG Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project…

» REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ – Express.co.uk
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Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’. RUSSIAN authorities have enjoyed…

» How Vladimir Putin weaponized the internet – The Week Magazine
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The Week Magazine How Vladimir Putin weaponized the internet The Week Magazine Foreign policy analysts believe President Vladimir Putin , a former KGB operative, wants to destabilize and divide the West so it cannot threaten his autocrat…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): RussiaToday’s YouTube Videos: Boiling Point: Hate crimes skyrocketing in US as racial tensions intensify
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From: RussiaToday Duration: 03:47 The latest figures show that hate crime in America is skyrocketing. In at least six big US cities, this type of crime clocked up a double-digit increase last year. Caleb Maupin looks now at how racial te…

» NYT > Home Page: A Monument to Gay and Transgender People Is Coming to New York
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the artist Anthony Goicolea had been selected to design the Hudson River Park monument. NYT > Home Page

» WSJ.com: World News: Cyberattack Targets U.K. Parliament
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The U.K. Parliament on Saturday said a cyberattack targeting user email accounts hit its computer network. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Bungled Attacks, Small Operations Signal New Phase in Terror
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Two fouled-up attacks in Europe in recent days signal a shift to a less organized strain of Islamist terror that involves a growing number of assailants determined to kill with any means at hand. WSJ.com: World News

» mueller – Google News: Watergate Lawyer: The Trump Administration Would Fire Mueller ‘At Their Peril’ – The Atlantic
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The Atlantic Watergate Lawyer: The Trump Administration Would Fire Mueller ‘At Their Peril’ The Atlantic If anybody were to try to touch Robert Mueller , they would do so at their peril. This man’s reputation is sterling. I just can’t im…

» mueller – Google News: The Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks – The Hill
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The Hill The Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks The Hill At the White House media briefing on Friday, press secretary Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that Trump had “no intention” of firing Mueller , despite speculatio…

» mueller – Google News: The Democratic leanings of Bob Mueller’s team – Axios
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The Democratic leanings of Bob Mueller’s team Axios Why it matters: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrish tweeted it’s “Time to rethink” if the Mueller -led investigation will be fair, given their donation history. But Deputy AG R…

» fbi – Google News: Quora: Why Did Obama Appoint a GOP FBI Head? – Newsweek
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Newsweek Quora: Why Did Obama Appoint a GOP FBI Head? Newsweek Nearly twenty million people tuned-in to watch the much anticipated Senate testimony of former FBI Director James Comey. The abrupt firing has clearly captured America’s atte…

» mueller – Google News: Pro-Trump group launches new attack ad against special counsel Robert Mueller – Los Angeles Times
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Pro-Trump group launches new attack ad against special counsel Robert Mueller Los Angeles Times A Southern California group backing President Trump is out with a new ad attacking special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, criticizing the inv…

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: What Is the United States Doing in Syria These Days? – New York Magazine
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New York Magazine What Is the United States Doing in Syria These Days? New York Magazine … of the Assad regime than Russia is. Iran views itself as a major regional player that is battling for hegemony and influence in the Middle East …

» Voice of America: Top Democrat Slams Obama Administration’s Response to Russian Hacks
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The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Sunday criticized the administration of former President Barack Obama for not taking earlier and tougher action against Russia for its alleged hacks aimed at swaying the Nov. 8…

» Comey – Google News: Schiff: Lynch’s Comments to Comey on Clinton Investigation Also Give Me ‘Queasy Feeling’ – Washington Free Beacon
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Washington Free Beacon Schiff: Lynch’s Comments to Comey on Clinton Investigation Also Give Me ‘Queasy Feeling’ Washington Free Beacon Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said Sunday that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s urging of forme…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): RussiaToday’s YouTube Videos: Millions of migrants may come to Europe within next 10 years – EU parliament chief
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From: RussiaToday Duration: 04:05 Millions of new migrants could come to Europe next year, unless steps are taken immediately, a top EU official warned ahead of an EU summit being held in Brussels. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe …

» organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian interference, but Trump shouldn’t complain – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian interference, but Trump shouldn’t complain Los Angeles Times But Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump’s criticism of Obama made little s…

» Trumpism – Google News: UCLA Institute: ‘Trumpism Consolidates Power Through White Supremacy’ – The Daily Caller
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mikenova shared this story from 1. Trump from mikenova (185 sites). UCLA Institute: ‘ Trumpism Consolidates Power Through White Supremacy’ The Daily Caller An institute at the University of California Los Angeles argues that “ Trumpism c…

» Washington Free Beacon: Schiff Rips Delayed Obama Response to Russian Election Interference: ‘Very Serious Mistake’
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) ripped the Obama administration’s response to Russian meddling efforts in the 2016 election, saying Sunday its inability to act earlier was a “very serious mistake.” The  Washington Post  reported  this week…

» WSJ.com: World News: Trump—and Merkel’s Response to Him—Is Issue in German Election
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mikenova shared this story from 1. World and Politics from mikenova (22 sites). Germany’s main center-left political party on Sunday attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel for what its leaders said was a failure to stand up to President Donal…

» Post Politics: White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion
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The White House blamed the Obama administration Sunday for failing to tackle possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Trump’s predecessor for an issue currently facing …

» Donald Trump: Donald Trump’s bark is worse than his bite in Latin America
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South of the border, the president talks big and carries a small stick Donald Trump

» World – Google News: BREAKING: Police fire shots at gay pride march after supporters defy banning order – Express.co.uk
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Express.co.uk BREAKING: Police fire shots at gay pride march after supporters defy banning order Express.co.uk POLICE have opened fire on a gay pride march after LGBT supporters defied a banning order aimed at ‘protecting’ them from hard…

» Putin and American political process – Google News: From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin – Washington Times
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Washington Times From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin Washington Times I was a direct witness of this process starting from October 1988, when I helped to organize many visits of American delegations, including dozens of members …

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Statue Will Honor Man Who Signed Treaty With Russia To Give Alaska To United States
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A statue honoring former U.S. Secretary of State William Henry Seward, who signed a treaty with Russia that brought Alaska to the United States, will be installed in the city of Juneau on July 3. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» Voice of America: Koch Chief Calls Senate Health Bill Insufficiently Conservative
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Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republi…

» Nato Russia – Google News: Putin Vows If Sweden Joins NATO, Russia Would Consider Move A Threat, Look Into Measures To ‘Eliminate It’ – The Inquisitr
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The Inquisitr Putin Vows If Sweden Joins NATO , Russia Would Consider Move A Threat, Look Into Measures To ‘Eliminate It’ The Inquisitr Sweden, much like Switzerland, has long held a position of neutrality in the decades-entrenched conte…

» Voice of America: East Libyan Forces Claim Control of Central Benghazi Area
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East Libyan forces said they had gained control Saturday over one of two remaining districts of Benghazi where they faced armed resistance. The advance in the central Souq al-Hout neighborhood was the latest step in the slow progress of …

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him – Daily Beast
25/06/17 09:53 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Telegraph.co.uk Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him Daily Beast The 17th-century mansion served as backdrop of a 2007 summit of …

» Voice of America: Colorado Officer Escorting Pence Motorcade Hurt in Crash
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A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade to the city’s airport. Police Lt. Howard Black told The Gazette the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Blac…

» Putin and Putinism – News Review: Глава ЦРУ обвинил РФ в многолетних попытках подорвать демократию – Deutsche Welle
25/06/17 09:51 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Deutsche Welle Глава ЦРУ обвинил РФ в многолетних попытках подорвать демократию Deutsche Welle При этом Майк Помпео заявил, что не может утверждать, стоял ли за кампание…

» В мире – Новости Google: Четыре человека погибли в аварии в Ставропольском крае – Lenta.ru
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Lenta.ru Четыре человека погибли в аварии в Ставропольском крае Lenta.ru Четыре человека погибли в аварии в Ставрополье. Об этом в воскресенье, 25 июня, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на управление ГИБДД по Ставропольскому краю. ДТП произошло …

» Europe: Kushner meeting shines spotlight on Russian bank
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Moscow-controlled VEB has no banking licence but supports Kremlin’s priority projects Europe

» Voice of America: Oil Tanker Explosion Kills at Least 123 in Pakistan
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An oil tanker crashed and later exploded in Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 123 people, government officials said. The tanker overturned after trying to make a sharp turn in the city of Bahawalpur. A large crowd of people gathered a…

» Voice of America: CIA Chief: Intel Leaks on the Rise, Cites Leaker ‘Worship’
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden. “In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an inter…

» Opinions: Megyn Kelly saw an aggressive, peeved Vladimir Putin. That behavior could hurt him.
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After today, Trump and Putin probably share a wariness of being questioned by Kelly. Opinions

» Saved Stories – None: putin and trump – Google News: Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him – Daily Beast
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mikenova shared this story from 1. World and Politics from mikenova (22 sites). Daily Beast Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him Daily Beast Former director of the CIA’s clandestine service Michael…

» Palmer Report: The schism that just made Trumpcare defeatable in the Senate
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When members of Congress publicly say that they have “concerns” about a piece of legislation from their own majority party, or that they can’t support it in its “current form,” it usually means they’re…

» mikenov on Twitter: Deutsche Bank ignores U.S. Trump/Russia query: Democratic staffer reut.rs/2qVkz1Z via @Reuters
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» House Dems Go At Deutsche Bank Again For Info On Trump Loans And Russia
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» Palmer Report: No, Trey Gowdy can’t shut down the Congressional investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal
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With House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz set to abruptly retire from Congress at the end of the week, his fellow Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is set to take over the chair position of the committee. Gowdy has wasted no ti…

» putin and trump – Google News: Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Why CIA Vets Say Putin Hates America—And Why President Trump Can’t Trust Him Daily Beast Former director of the CIA’s clandestine service Michael Sulick declared himself “skeptical” of any hopes for a warming trend with Russi…

» Palmer Report: Jared Kushner tries meeting with world leaders on Donald Trump’s behalf, blows it in comically bad fashion
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Donald Trump has only ever chosen people for jobs based on how loyal he thinks they are to him and how much they kiss up to him, and seemingly never based on their competence or appropriateness for the job. It’s why his White House…

» Palmer Report: Mike Pence holds secret Koch Brothers meeting, may be plotting against Donald Trump
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Donald Trump has already proven himself the most dishonest person to ever hold the office of President of the United States, but his sidekick Mike Pence might not be far behind him in that regard – and in fact Pence may be plotting again…

» Palmer Report: Bipartisan Senate inquiry goes after Jared Kushner’s security clearance
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In the weeks since it was revealed that Donald Trump’s son-in-law held suspicious secret meetings with the Russians and then lied about it on his White House clearance forms, various Democrats in Congress have made efforts at getti…

» US military options in Syria – Google News: Trump ignored intel, launched Tomahawks in Syria based on media – Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh – RT
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RT Trump ignored intel, launched Tomahawks in Syria based on media – Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh RT Trump chose to ignore reports compiled by American intelligence and the military that contradicted the prevailing media narrative accus…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham team up with Democrats to … – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham team up with Democrats to … Washington Examiner Republicans, not just Democrats, have sent a letter to both the White House and the FBI demanding answers on Jared Kushner’s security…

» FBI cannot be trusted – Washington Times
25/06/17 06:22 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . ANALYSIS/OPINION: Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding “no.” The claim that the FBI strives to be above …

» fbi – Google News: FBI cannot be trusted – Washington Times
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mikenova shared this story from 1. FBI from mikenova (8 sites). Washington Times FBI cannot be trusted Washington Times Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Russia is at a dead-end in Syria – Aljazeera.com
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Aljazeera.com Russia is at a dead-end in Syria Aljazeera.com The victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections last November raised the Russian leadership’ hopes of improving Russian – US relations in general and reaching a co…

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: Russia says US interferes in its affairs – Colorado Springs Gazette
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The Hill Russia says US interferes in its affairs Colorado Springs Gazette U.S.-funded media outlets like Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America have long run what the Kremlin sees as an anti-Putin propaganda campaign aimed at suppor…

» Trump FBI file – Google News: Inside the shadowy intelligence firm behind the Trump dossier – New York Post
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Inside the shadowy intelligence firm behind the Trump dossier New York Post The Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether the FBI has wrongly relied on the anti- Trump dossier and its author, Christopher Steele — the old s…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Vladimir Putin admits for the first time that he was involved in dangerous ‘illegal intelligence’ KGB spying operations – Daily Mail
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Daily Mail Vladimir Putin admits for the first time that he was involved in dangerous ‘illegal intelligence ‘ KGB spying operations Daily Mail Vladimir Putin has admitted for the first time to working in ‘illegal intelligence ‘ for the K…

» putin and trump – Google News: Trump’s CIA chief: Russia ‘meddled’ in election, can’t confirm if Putin directed the plan – MassLive.com
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MassLive.com Trump’s CIA chief: Russia ‘meddled’ in election, can’t confirm if Putin directed the plan MassLive.com Before President Donald Trump took office, the outgoing director of the director of national intelligence released a repo…

» 1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Skunks the Democrats – New York Times
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New York Times Donald Skunks the Democrats New York Times Supporters of the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff after his loss in Georgia on Tuesday night. Credit David Goldman/Associated Press. WASHINGTON — YOU know who is really sick and t…

» Putin – Google News: Russian President Vladimir Putin admits to working in ‘illegal intelligence’ for KGB – NEWS.com.au
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NEWS.com.au Russian President Vladimir Putin admits to working in ‘illegal intelligence’ for KGB NEWS.com.au Putin was stationed in Dresden, in what was then East Germany, for the Soviet espionage service from 1985-1990, according to his…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: CIA told Obama of Putin plot to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign – The Australian
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CIA told Obama of Putin plot to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign The Australian Washington US President Donald Trump is questioning his predecessor Barack Obama’s handling of intelligence on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the presiden…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Trump Asks ‘Why No Action?’ Amid Questions About Obama’s Response To Russian Meddling – NPR
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NPR Trump Asks ‘Why No Action?’ Amid Questions About Obama’s Response To Russian Meddling NPR President Trump took to Twitter to question his predecessor’s judgment and actions — at the end of a week characterized by a steady drumbeat of…

» Trump – Google News: Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim – BBC News
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BBC News Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim BBC News President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had lea…

» Voice of America: Ukraine Says Two Soldiers Killed Despite Cease-Fire
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The Ukrainian military has said that two soldiers were killed and two wounded in the eastern part of the country despite a cease-fire that began Friday. In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, the military accused anti-government …

» Palmer Report: Donald Trump still doesn’t understand he’s the “President” now
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Donald Trump is not the President of the United States. Not after he and his campaign conspired with a foreign enemy to rig the election in his favor. But he does occupy the office of President of the United States, at least until we can…

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» Stars and Stripes: In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule
24/06/17 16:14 from Saved Stories – None
Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality has become something of a national pastime. Some in the professional psychiatric community have been mov…

» Russian official linked to South Florida biker club spent millions on Trump condos
24/06/17 15:58 from Saved Stories – None
Out-of-town money pouring into South Florida real estate is as old as Henry Flagler. But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Rus…

» Russia says US interferes in its affairs
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The Russian government has steadfastly denied that it hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Now, some Russian officials are saying America is meddling in Moscow’s domestic affairs. The U.S. has been do…

» ‘The war after Isis’: has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?
24/06/17 15:57 from Saved Stories – None
As US forces strike Syrian militias backed by Tehran, many fear delegation to the Pentagon and the looming defeat of the Islamic State could fuel a fiercer fire US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in …

» U.S. Pressed to Pursue Deal to Freeze North Korea Missile Tests
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Versions of the proposal, which would require the United States to reduce its military footprint on the Korean Peninsula, have been floated by Beijing and Seoul.

» Maritime Mystery: Why a U.S. Destroyer Failed to Dodge a Cargo Ship
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Lookouts and radar operators on the destroyer Fitzgerald should have spotted the freighter it collided with, and the captain should have been wakened.

» Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election – Business Insider
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Business Insider Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election Business Insider Flynn was forced to resign as national – security adviser in February after it emerged he had discussed US sanctions with …

» EXCLUSIVE: NSA Chief Admits Trump Colluded with Russia
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When will Admiral Mike Rogers say publicly what he told his agency’s workforce? President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, the FBI director, three weeks ago continues to reverberate in the KremlinGate scandal which threatens to cons…

» 3 Big Takeaways from Comey Day in Washington
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Yesterday’s much-anticipated testimony from the former FBI director included genuine bombshells – which some may have missed After weeks of anticipation, yesterday James Comey testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,…

» Why Israel Is Testing Its Arrow 3 Interceptor Missile—in Alaska
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Michael Peck Security, Middle East What are they preparing for? Fearing an Iranian ballistic-missile strike, it’s no surprise that Israel is planning another test of its Arrow 3 antimissile interceptor. However, the location of the test …

» In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule
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Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality has become something of a national pastime. Some in the professional psychiatric community have been mov…

» CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’
24/06/17 15:53 from Saved Stories – None
CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks the disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

» Putin offers James Comey asylum – Politico
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Politico Putin offers James Comey asylum Politico Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said his country is ready to offer James Comey asylum if the former FBI director should face political persecution. “If Comey will be under th…

» Grassley blames Comey for false Trump narrative: ‘Played right into Russia’s hands’ – Washington Times
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Washington Times Grassley blames Comey for false Trump narrative: ‘Played right into Russia’s hands’ Washington Times A top Republican took to the Senate floor Thursday to blame fired FBI Director James B . Comey for fanning “conspiracy …

» Trump argues tape allegations meant to keep Comey honest – Washington Times
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Washington Times Trump argues tape allegations meant to keep Comey honest Washington Times President Trump said Friday that his comment about tapes was to keep former FBI Director James B . Comey honest. “I didn’t tape, and I don’t have …

» Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony – New York Times
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Washington Post Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B ….

» ‘Fox & Friends’ takes Comey bashing to a cynical low – Washington Post
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Washington Post ‘Fox & Friends’ takes Comey bashing to a cynical low Washington Post There is no denying the appearance. Former FBI director James B . Comey was photographed entering and leaving the New York Times building in Manhatt…

» Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election – Washington Times
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Washington Times Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election Washington Times Fired FBI Director James B . Comey has said publicly that Ms. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Cl…

» President Trump is losing his war with James B. Comey – Washington Post
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Washington Post President Trump is losing his war with James B . Comey Washington Post President Trump effectively declared war on James B . Comey six weeks ago when he tweeted suggesting there might be tapes of their White House convers…

» German intelligence agency spied on thousands of targets in the United States
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The foreign intelligence service of Germany spied on at least 4,000 targets in the United States from 1998 until 2006, according to a leaked document published yesterday by leading German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

» White House says Trump tweet meets Comey tapes records request – Reuters
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Reuters White House says Trump tweet meets Comey tapes records request Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump (L) speaks in Ypilanti Township, Michigan March 15, 2017 and FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committe…

» Putin directed election hacking; How to lose the AI race with China; A timeline of Syrian escalation; Paris Air Show wrap; and just a bit more…
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» DIA Historian Discusses Military Intelligence on Spy Museum’s “SpyCast”
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Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Historian Greg Elder was interviewed by Dr. Vince Houghton of the Haughton of the

» DIA Hosted 6th Annual Pride Month Event
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Chief of Staff Suzanne White and Command Senior Enlisted Leader MGySgt Scott Stalker hosted the

» First Russian base for SE Syria – near US garrison
24/06/17 15:45 from Saved Stories – None
June 23, 2017, 7:52 AM (IDT) A new Russian base is under construction in southeastern Syria at a small village called Khirbet Ras Al-Wa’r in the Bir al-Qasab district (see map.). It brings the Russian foothold to its most easterly …

» Israel air force strikes Syrian positions at Quneitra
24/06/17 15:45 from Saved Stories – None
June 24, 2017, 5:20 PM (IDT) In reprisal for the errant mortar fire on the Golan Saturday, the Israeli air force struck Syrian positions near Quneitra, destroying at least one and knocking out two tanks.

» Ex-CIA officer charged with spying for China – POLITICO – Politico
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Politico Ex-CIA Politico Ex- CIA officer charged with spying for China – POLITICO Politico Prosecutors allege a brazen effort to trade U.S. secrets for cash. Bumbling Ex- CIA Officer Charged With Selling Secrets to China Foreign Policy (…

» Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference
24/06/17 15:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to …

» Putin denied meddling in the US election. The CIA caught him doing just that. – Washington Post
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mikenova shared this story from cia – Google News. Washington Post Putin denied meddling in the US election. The CIA caught him doing just that. Washington Post Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly — and often tauntingly — den…

» Today’s Headlines and Commentary
24/06/17 15:29 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. This morning the Washington Post revealed in an 8,000 word deep-dive that the CIA obtained Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct instructions for undercutting …

» Russia’s economic reform remains elusive as oil stays weak
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» russia analysis – Google News: With oil washing out, Russia’s zeal to reform remains elusive – CNBC
24/06/17 15:01 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). CNBC With oil washing out, Russia’s zeal to reform remains elusive CNBC Oil’s slide has made Russia and Saudi Arabia case studies in how — and how not — to manage the fa…

» Shocker: Germany Snooped on U.S.
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mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Shocker: Germany Snooped on U.S.. In a stunning revelation that should surprise no one with a basic understanding of spycraft, the German press can confirm: Berlin’s intelligence agencie…

» felix sater – Google News: Who in the hell is Michael Cohen?! Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person – Salon
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Salon Who in the hell is Michael Cohen?! Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person Salon As of now, all we know is that last January he met with Ukrainian opposition politicians Andrey Artemenko and Felix Sat…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Intel Agent Reveals How NATO Planned to Tear Russia Apart – Sputnik International
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Sputnik International Intel Agent Reveals How NATO Planned to Tear Russia Apart Sputnik International After the collapse of the USSR, NATO planned to divide Russia into small parts diminishing the state to the size of the medieval Moscow…

» LaRouche’s Latest: Lavrov Delivers a Message to Tillerson: Does the U.S. Want an Improvement of Relations with Russia, Or Not?
24/06/17 14:59 from Saved Stories – None
EIR News Service press release. LaRouche’s Latest

» FOX News: A Russian as UN counter-terrorism czar? Bad idea
24/06/17 14:58 from Saved Stories – None
The placement of a Putin operative, Russian senior diplomat Vladimir Voronkov, to run the United Nations Counter-Terrorism offices is being touted as the first major reform of the United Nations Organization by its new Secretary-General …

» Stars and Stripes: In tweet attacking Obama, Trump says Russia tried to influence election
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President Trump appeared to acknowledge that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, but only so he could blame former president Barack Obama. Stars and Stripes

» Stars and Stripes: Russian official linked to South Florida biker club spent millions on Trump condos
24/06/17 14:55 from Saved Stories – None
Out-of-town money pouring into South Florida real estate is as old as Henry Flagler. But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Rus…

» German intelligence accused of ‘spying on USA’
24/06/17 13:30 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . We’ve noticed you’re adblocking. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our qual…

» Merkel-Raute – Google Search
24/06/17 13:29 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
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» Germany Doesn’t Want U.S. Intelligence Help With Its Election, U.S. Official Says
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» German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House
24/06/17 12:51 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from SPIEGEL ONLINE – Schlagzeilen. The chapter is only a few pages long, but it addresses a potentially explosive suspicion: Did Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spy on its most important partne…

» German intelligence ′spied on White House′ | News | DW
24/06/17 12:20 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . German news weekly Der Spiegel reported on Thursday that it had received materials documenting German surveillance efforts aimed at a number of US businesses and government, including the White House. The Bun…

» Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News: Trump tweets about health care, Russia election meddling, James Comey and more – amNY
24/06/17 11:41 from Saved Stories – None
amNY Trump tweets about health care, Russia election meddling, James Comey and more amNY Trump’s comment was one of the most direct acknowledgements he’s made of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. And it was quite at…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Alternative Facts or Uchronian Covfefe – HuffPost
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HuffPost Alternative Facts or Uchronian Covfefe HuffPost Putin demands that the US lift sanctions against Russia and tells Trump that if he agrees to help him win the American elections in 2016 Putin won ‘t release the tape, than Trump c…

» Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ | TheHill
24/06/17 11:16 from Saved Stories – None
Source: Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ | TheHill

» mikenov on Twitter: CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence thehill.com/policy/nationa…
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CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence thehill.com/policy/nationa… Posted by mikenov on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 2:40pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence
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CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence The head of the CIA on Saturday pushed back on accusations the U.S. is not doing enough Russia’s attempts to interfere in elect…

» CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence
24/06/17 10:39 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . By Alicia Cohn – 06/24/17 08:23 AM EDT 16 The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax The contents of this site are ©2017 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.,…

» Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’
24/06/17 10:21 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . By John Bowden – 06/24/17 09:33 AM EDT 127 The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax The contents of this site are ©2017 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp….

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election https://t.co/ROeYHQ4r9S via @bi_politics
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Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election https://t.co/ROeYHQ4r9S via @bi_politics Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election Russia’s interference was a multi-…

» mikenov on Twitter: Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics
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Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics Posted by mikenov on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 2:20pm mikenov on Twitter

» Evidence mounts Russia meddled in US election
24/06/17 09:48 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Politics. US President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Mark Wilson/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider It was September 2015 when the FBI first noticed that Russian …

» Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller: White House
24/06/17 09:46 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel investigating charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, even though he questioned the official’s impartiality in a…

» China, U.S. agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization
24/06/17 09:44 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . <iframe src=”//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-W9SLGS” height=”0″ width=”0″ style=”display:none;visibility:hidden”></iframe&amp…

» NYT > Home Page: Journalist Dies of Wounds From Blast in Iraq’s Mosul
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The French Embassy in Baghdad says a Swiss journalist has died from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group. NYT > Home Page

» Saved Stories – None: Reuters: World News: China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks i…

» Reuters: World News: Kyrgyz President denies he’s in talks to send troops to Syria: Interfax
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has not conducted negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria during his visit to Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted Atambayev as saying on Saturday. Reuters: World News

» Saved Stories – None: В мире – Новости Google: Российские военные и руководство Латакии договорились о прекращении огня – РИА Новости
24/06/17 08:12 from Saved Stories – None
РИА Новости Российские военные и руководство Латакии договорились о прекращении огня РИА Новости ЛАТАКИЯ (Сирия), 24 июн — РИА Новости. Командование группы российских войск в Сирии и руководство провинции Латакия подписали соглашение о п…

» Reuters: World News: Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year
24/06/17 08:11 from Saved Stories – None
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. Reuters: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Pakistan Terror Attacks Kill Dozens
24/06/17 08:11 from Saved Stories – None
The death toll from multiple terror attacks across Pakistan rose to 72, officials said, making it one of the deadliest days in the country so far this year and prompting the government to ramp up security and counterterrorism operations….

» WSJ.com: World News: High-Rises Across England Fail Safety Checks After London Fire
24/06/17 08:11 from Saved Stories – None
U.K. authorities said so far at least 27 high-rises across England have failed fire-safety checks prompted by the fire in a London residential tower earlier this month that killed at least 79 people. WSJ.com: World News

» trump electorate – Google News: How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics – New Republic
24/06/17 08:05 from Saved Stories – None
New York Sun How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics New Republic I was writing last year that Trump heralded a realignment, in the sense that he has caught up to where the Republican electorate has been drifting for …

» trump and russia – Google News: Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia – The Hill
24/06/17 08:05 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia The Hill Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia . Democratic leaders have been be…

» analysis of trump electorate – Google News: ‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’ – Politico
24/06/17 08:04 from Saved Stories – None
Politico ‘ Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’ Politico It was a tongue-in-cheek effort—I “supported” Trump only because I thought he would lose to Hillary Clinton, disastrously, and that his defeat would cleanse…

» Putin – Google News: The Kremlin’s Investment in Trump Is Paying Off – The Atlantic
24/06/17 08:03 from Saved Stories – None
The Atlantic The Kremlin’s Investment in Trump Is Paying Off The Atlantic Trump himself has seemingly courted the favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 2016 presidential campaign. He’s repeatedly praised Putin’s leadership,…

» Europe: Here’s why Germany’s left has dwindling hopes of unseating Merkel
24/06/17 08:02 from Saved Stories – None
The Social Democrats, after governing with the chancellor’s center-right bloc, is having trouble offering a clear alternative. Europe

» RSS: В ЗВО в ходе весенней призывной компании отправили в соединения и воинские части более 50 процентов новобранцев от запланированного количества
24/06/17 08:01 from Saved Stories – None
Традиционно призывники изъявляют желание проходить службу в частях ВДВ, спецназа и морской пехоты. RSS

» путин – Новости Google: Путин поручил увеличить срок армейской службы – http://info.sibnet.ru/
24/06/17 08:01 from Saved Stories – None
http://info.sibnet.ru/ Путин поручил увеличить срок армейской службы http://info.sibnet.ru/ Президент Владимир Путин приказал Минобороны рассмотреть вопрос о возможности увеличения предельного возраста пребывания на военной службе — пору…

» путин – Новости Google: Путин рассказал о работе в нелегальной разведке – РИА Новости
24/06/17 08:00 from Saved Stories – None
РИА Новости Путин рассказал о работе в нелегальной разведке РИА Новости МОСКВА, 24 июн — РИА Новости. Президент России Владимир Путин рассказал, что его работа в КГБ была связана не просто со Службой внешней разведки, а с нелегальной раз…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Norway-Russia Relations to Deteriorate Following US Marines’ Base Extension: Russian Embassy – U.S. News & World Report
24/06/17 07:59 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Norway- Russia Relations to Deteriorate Following US Marines’ Base Extension: Russian Embassy U.S. News & World Report Norway has downplayed the significance of the deployment, emphasizing the training element an…

» Opinions: President Trump’s Twitter feed is a gold mine for foreign spies
24/06/17 07:59 from Saved Stories – None
I was an intelligence analyst. Here’s how I’d read Trump’s tweets. Opinions

» Opinions: Obama launches a two-front war on President Trump
24/06/17 07:57 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» Opinions: How can you still doubt Trump’s intelligence?
24/06/17 07:56 from Saved Stories – None
It takes a certain kind of smarts to spin a yarn so defiantly false that some people will believe it anyway. Opinions

» Opinions: Why ‘Mattis in charge’ is a formula for disaster
24/06/17 07:55 from Saved Stories – None
I respect the defense secretary, but let’s not pretend that his leadership can substitute for the void in the White House. Opinions

» World Socialist Web Site (en): German parliament votes to redeploy troops to Jordan
24/06/17 07:55 from Saved Stories – None
German troops will now be even closer to the war zones in Syria and Iraq. World Socialist Web Site (en)

» WSJ.com: World News: Backlash Over Ad Giant’s Withdrawal from Cannes Festival
24/06/17 07:54 from Saved Stories – None
Publicis Groupe has been met with scorn after announcing its hiatus from the annual ‘festival of creativity,’ when advertising executives, as a matter of ritual, flock to the French Riviera for events to honor the best work. WSJ.com: Wor…

» WSJ.com: World News: Ex-U.S. Government Worker Charged With Spying for China
24/06/17 07:54 from Saved Stories – None
Kevin Mallory was arrested on espionage charges after he allegedly gave classified defense information to a suspected Chinese government agent. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Russia Fires Cruise Missiles at Islamic State Weapons in Syria
24/06/17 07:53 from Saved Stories – None
Russian armed forces launched a cruise-missile attack on Islamic State targets in Syria’s Hama province, the defense ministry said. WSJ.com: World News

» Day in Photos – Voice of America: June 23, 2017
24/06/17 07:52 from Saved Stories – None
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Day in Photos – Voice of America

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: LETTER: Foreign influence in U.S. elections includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel https://t.co/DQ9Bnry8c2 via @dailyfreeman
24/06/17 07:51 from Saved Stories – None
LETTER: Foreign influence in U.S. elections includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel https://t.co/DQ9Bnry8c2 via @dailyfreeman LETTER: Foreign influence in U.S. elections includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel Dear Editor:Oh, how the Democra…

» mikenov on Twitter: LETTER: Foreign influence in U.S. elections includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel dailyfreeman.com/opinion/201706… via @dailyfreeman
24/06/17 07:50 from Saved Stories – None
LETTER: Foreign influence in U.S. elections includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel dailyfreeman.com/opinion/201706… via @dailyfreeman Posted by mikenov on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 4:18pm mikenov on Twitter

» fbi – Google News: FBI: Extortion, CEO Fraud Among Top Online Fraud Complaints in 2016 – Krebs on Security
24/06/17 07:50 from Saved Stories – None
Krebs on Security FBI : Extortion, CEO Fraud Among Top Online Fraud Complaints in 2016 Krebs on Security Online extortion, tech support scams and phishing attacks that spoof the boss were among the most costly cyber scams reported by con…

» james b. comey – Google News: ‘Fox & Friends’ takes Comey bashing to a cynical low – Washington Post
24/06/17 07:49 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post ‘Fox & Friends’ takes Comey bashing to a cynical low Washington Post There is no denying the appearance. Former FBI director James B . Comey was photographed entering and leaving the New York Times building in Manhatt…

» fbi – Google News: Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest – Peoria Journal Star
24/06/17 07:49 from Saved Stories – None
Peoria Journal Star Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest Peoria Journal Star In an interview that aired Friday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said: “When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there…

» mueller – Google News: Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller – BBC News
24/06/17 07:49 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller BBC News President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller , who is investigating Russian interference in last year’s US election. Mr Trump said Mr Mueller’s …

» mueller – Google News: This Top Mueller Aide Once Worked on an Investigation of a Trump … – Mother Jones
24/06/17 07:49 from Saved Stories – None
Mother Jones This Top Mueller Aide Once Worked on an Investigation of a Trump … Mother Jones While President Donald Trump fumes about the expanding Russia investigation, the man in charge of the probe has been busy assembling a murdere…

» mueller – Google News: Dershowitz: Mueller Made a ‘Mistake’ Hiring Lawyers Who Supported Clinton – Fox News Insider
24/06/17 07:49 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Insider Dershowitz: Mueller Made a ‘Mistake’ Hiring Lawyers Who Supported Clinton Fox News Insider Attorney and Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said on “America’s Newsroom” that Special Counsel Robert Mu…

» fbi – Google News: Senate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference – The Hill (blog)
24/06/17 07:48 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill (blog) Senate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference The Hill (blog) Top senators on the Judiciary Committee are pressing former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to respond to allegations that she tried to interfere wit…

» fbi – Google News: Few Victims Reporting Ransomware Attacks to FBI – Threatpost
24/06/17 07:48 from Saved Stories – None
Threatpost Few Victims Reporting Ransomware Attacks to FBI Threatpost Ransomware may have been the most prevalent internet threat of 2016, and WannaCry certainly made it a mainstream conversation, but that doesn’t mean people are reporti…

» mueller – Google News: Robert Mueller Begins Thirteenth Day Undercover As White House Janitor – The Onion (satire)
24/06/17 07:48 from Saved Stories – None
The Onion (satire) Robert Mueller Begins Thirteenth Day Undercover As White House Janitor The Onion (satire) NEW YORK—Though today he holds a powerful position as head of a leading information technology firm, MergeMedia CEO Gary Lightma…

» james b. comey – Google News: President Trump is losing his war with James B. Comey – Washington Post
24/06/17 07:47 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post President Trump is losing his war with James B . Comey Washington Post President Trump effectively declared war on James B . Comey six weeks ago when he tweeted suggesting there might be tapes of their White House convers…

» mueller – Google News: Trump accuses Mueller of bias in Russia probe – Washington Post
24/06/17 07:46 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Trump accuses Mueller of bias in Russia probe Washington Post June 23, 2017 3:06 PM EDT – President Trump accused special counsel Robert Mueller of being biased in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 e…

» mueller – Google News: Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller: White House – Reuters
24/06/17 07:46 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller : White House Reuters Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Tr…

» mueller – Google News: Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice – Los Angeles Times
24/06/17 07:46 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice Los Angeles Times Mueller has made no public comments since he was appointed May 17, but his first 13 hires speak volumes: They i…

» fbi – Google News: Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers – CBS News
24/06/17 07:44 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers CBS News Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys, amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sand…

» fbi – Google News: FBI opens investigation into Loretta Lynch’s alleged interference in Clinton email probe – New York Daily News
24/06/17 07:44 from Saved Stories – None
New York Daily News FBI opens investigation into Loretta Lynch’s alleged interference in Clinton email probe New York Daily News The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s alleged inter…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Justice Department, FBI seem at odds over budget – Politico (blog)
24/06/17 07:43 from Saved Stories – None
Politico (blog) Justice Department, FBI seem at odds over budget Politico (blog) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe have presented starkly different views to Congress about how President Donald T…

» The threesome from hell. Putin, Trump & the neo-Nazi “alt-right”
24/06/17 07:37 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from MississippiBlues. New reporting in Business Insider  reveals strong links between Putin and neo-Nazis in U.S. I can show that those neo-Nazis that are so close to Putin’s Russia a…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Seattle gun tax fires blanks?
24/06/17 07:35 from Saved Stories – None
From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 07:09 Tucker takes on loyal supporter of Seattle gun tax, which, critics argue, has failed as a gun violence deterrent since firearm sales have plummeted, violence spiked after the law passage #Tucker FoxNe…

» Voice of America: At Women-only Salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans Prepare for Eid
24/06/17 07:35 from Saved Stories – None
Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le’Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York’s borough of Brooklyn on Friday to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The beauty salon, designed by owner Huda Quhshi to cater mostly…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Gutfeld on Depp’s sad decline
24/06/17 07:35 from Saved Stories – None
From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 05:20 When all else fails, knock Trump FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites)

» trump russia treason – Google News: ‘He tweeted his way to treason’: Internet mocks Trump for ‘confessing’ to Russian election hacking – Raw Story
24/06/17 07:34 from Saved Stories – None
Raw Story ‘He tweeted his way to treason ‘: Internet mocks Trump for ‘confessing’ to Russian election hacking Raw Story In a rare Friday evening tweet, President Donald Trump appeared to finally admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 p…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch under investigation
24/06/17 07:34 from Saved Stories – None
From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 12:18 Senate Judiciary Committee launches probe; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five’ FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites)

» Stars and Stripes: Six Nazi spies were executed in D.C. White supremacists gave them a memorial — on federal land
24/06/17 07:00 from Saved Stories – None
For decades, very few people in Washington, or elsewhere, knew of the monument’s existence. It wasn’t a secret so much as something that just never got out – remarkable in a town famous for its leaks. Stars and Stripes

» russia analysis – Google News: DC Roundup: ‘Very Bothersome’ Relationship, VA Workers, Analysis of Russia Threat – Voice of America
24/06/17 06:59 from Saved Stories – None
Voice of America DC Roundup: ‘Very Bothersome’ Relationship, VA Workers, Analysis of Russia Threat Voice of America Trump: Friendship Between Leader of Russia Probe, Fired FBI Director ‘Very Bothersome’ — In his first televised face-to-…

» donald trump russia – Google News: Trump appears to admit Russia interfered in the US election in a tweet criticizing Obama – Business Insider
24/06/17 06:58 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider Trump appears to admit Russia interfered meddled in the US election in a tweet criticizing Obama Business Insider President Donald Trump appeared to admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in a …

» Voice of America: More Than 40 Killed in Attacks in Three Major Pakistani Cities
24/06/17 06:58 from Saved Stories – None
Officials in Pakistan say more than 40 people were killed Friday in four separate attacks in three major Pakistani cities. Nearly 100 others were injured in the attacks which began Friday in the southwestern city of Quetta when a car bom…

» Stars and Stripes: ‘The Sexy Brutale,’ in the shadows of murder
24/06/17 06:58 from Saved Stories – None
Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila Works have joined together to bring us “The Sexy Brutale,” a delightful murder mystery that features stylish cartoon violence. You’ll relive the same day where the guests at the casino mansion (The Sexy …

» trump psychological assessment – Google News: A day in the life of Trump’s man-made disaster of a White House – Daily Kos
24/06/17 06:57 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Kos A day in the life of Trump’s man-made disaster of a White House Daily Kos “What’s playing out is a psychological drama, not just a political drama or a legal drama,” said Peter Wehner, who was an aide in George W. Bush’s White …

» Defense One – All Content: One Man, One Job: Win The Pentagon’s Next Big Contract
24/06/17 06:56 from Saved Stories – None
Multibillion-dollar jet deal would be crowing achievement for former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn. Defense One – All Content

» В мире – Новости Google: Российские военные и руководство Латакии договорились о прекращении огня – РИА Новости
24/06/17 06:56 from Saved Stories – None
РИА Новости Российские военные и руководство Латакии договорились о прекращении огня РИА Новости ЛАТАКИЯ (Сирия), 24 июн — РИА Новости. Командование группы российских войск в Сирии и руководство провинции Латакия подписали соглашение о п…

» Eurasia Review: Norway Announces 1-Year Extension For US Marines
24/06/17 06:55 from Saved Stories – None
Norway’s Minister of Defence announced Friday that US Marines will continue rotational training and exercises in Norway through 2018. “Our Marines in Norway are demonstrating a high level of cooperation with our Allies,”…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Republicans and Democrats demand answers on Jared Kushner’s security clearance – Washington Examiner
24/06/17 06:55 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner Republicans and Democrats demand answers on Jared Kushner’s security clearance Washington Examiner Republicans, not just Democrats, have sent a letter to both the White House and the FBI demanding answers on Jared Kus…

» Eurasia Review: We Need A Mass Movement To Demand Radical Progressive Change – OpEd
24/06/17 06:55 from Saved Stories – None
The failure of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to capture the vacant House seat left in a suburban Atlanta district by the Trump nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services shows the disastrous state…

» Eurasia Review: The Russian Nexus – OpEd
24/06/17 06:54 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump is struggling to edge away from an issue that has dogged him since his victory in the presidential election last year—Russian interference. On June 8, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey went be…

» Eurasia Review: Robert Reich: The Secret Republican Plan To Unravel Medicaid – OpEd
24/06/17 06:54 from Saved Stories – None
Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to millions of poor households and elderl…

» The National Interest: The Danger of Mission Creep in Syria
24/06/17 06:53 from Saved Stories – None
Emma M. Ashford Security, Middle East The United States has no viable long-term strategy for resolving or exiting the civil war. On Sunday, a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down one of Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes attacking U.S.-allied Syrian…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: CIA knew of Russian influence in US presidential election in August 2016, says report – Firstpost
24/06/17 06:53 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider Washington Post CIA knew of Russian influence in US presidential election in August 2016 , says report Firstpost Washington: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had top-level intelligence in August 2016 that Russian pr…

» The National Interest: The 17 Greatest Military Last Stands
24/06/17 06:52 from Saved Stories – None
Warfare History Network Security, WWII History Magazine contributor Christopher Miskimon shares with us his list of history’s long shots and the most heroic last stands. The Siege of the Alamo – February 23 – March 6, 1836 This famous ba…

» Eurasia Review: Putin Tries To Avoid Wider War With US – OpEd
24/06/17 06:52 from Saved Stories – None
“The shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 is another demonstration that the US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for the broader war that is being prepared.” — Peter Sy…

» russia helping trump – Google News: Russia Wanted To Help Trump, Damage Clinton, Report Says – CBS Minnesota / WCCO
24/06/17 06:51 from Saved Stories – None
CBS Minnesota / WCCO Russia Wanted To Help Trump , Damage Clinton, Report Says CBS Minnesota / WCCO Russia Wanted To Help Trump , Damage Clinton, Report Says. There are new details of how the Obama administration handled Russian hacking …

» Trump – Google News: Number of refugees admitted in US drops by 50 percent under Trump – Fox News
24/06/17 06:50 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Number of refugees admitted in US drops by 50 percent under Trump Fox News Obama set the ceiling of 110,000 refugee arrivals across the U.S. President Trump cut that number to 50,000 this year. Congress has approved a budget for…

» Palmer Report: Everyone piles on after Donald Trump slips up and admits Russia rigged the election for him
24/06/17 06:48 from Saved Stories – None
After having spent months insisting that Russian election meddling in his favor was a “hoax” or “fake news,” Donald Trump finally screwed up today and admitted the truth. He was so eager to criticize President Oba…

» calls for Comey’s resignation – Google News: Mueller-Comey tie a wedge target for Trump allies – The Philadelphia Tribune
24/06/17 06:44 from Saved Stories – None
The Philadelphia Tribune Mueller- Comey tie a wedge target for Trump allies The Philadelphia Tribune “Although Comey may well be what I call roadkill in the subjects Mueller is investigating, he’s not the victim. His firing has been a co…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: My Turn: Calling Russia meddling a non-story ignores evidence – Concord Monitor
24/06/17 06:41 from Saved Stories – None
Concord Monitor My Turn: Calling Russia meddling a non-story ignores evidence Concord Monitor Moffett is apparently disheartened because, in his view, “possible Russian election meddling” is “a manufactured issue, created without evidenc…

» В мире – Новости Google: Поломанные «ядерные чемоданчики»: шторм повредил американские «самолеты судного дня» – Московский Комсомолец
24/06/17 06:41 from Saved Stories – None
Московский Комсомолец Поломанные «ядерные чемоданчики»: шторм повредил американские «самолеты судного дня» Московский Комсомолец Из-за торнадо 16 июня два самолета E4-B Boeing 747s ВВС США вышли из строя. Эти самолеты называют «Самолетам…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): VOAvideo’s YouTube Videos: Researchers Investigate Zika Virus as a Treatment for Brain Cancer
24/06/17 06:40 from Saved Stories – None
From: VOAvideo Duration: 01:55 The Zika virus made headlines last year because it caused microcephaly in many babies whose mothers were pregnant while they had the virus. Microcephaly keeps the brain from developing normally in children …

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Qatar Shuns ‘Unreasonable’ Saudi-Led Demands To Cut Ties With Iran, Shut Al-Jazeera
24/06/17 06:39 from Saved Stories – None
Qatar on June 24 labelled as “unreasonable” demands made by four Arab states to shutter the Al-Jazeera network, cut most ties with Iran, and close Turkey’s air base as the price of ending a regional boycott of the small Persian Gulf stat…

» turkish coup 2016 and russia – Google News: German parliament votes to redeploy troops to Jordan – World Socialist Web Site
24/06/17 06:38 from Saved Stories – None
German parliament votes to redeploy troops to Jordan World Socialist Web Site Following the shooting down of a Syrian fighter aircraft by the US on June 18, the Russian government announced it would regard all aircraft of the US-led anti…

» WSJ.com: World News: More Than 100 People Possibly Buried by Landslide in China
24/06/17 06:37 from Saved Stories – None
A landslide that crashed into a mountain village southwestern China’s Sichuan province early Saturday was feared to have buried more than 100 people. WSJ.com: World News

» mikenov on Twitter: Gurdjieff-Song of the Aisors youtu.be/RupTHCkh0zM?li… via @YouTube
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» World Socialist Web Site (en): Health care and the fight for socialism
24/06/17 06:32 from Saved Stories – None
The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century….

» Palmer Report: Legal expert Laurence Tribe identifies the statute Donald Trump broke by lying about James Comey tapes
24/06/17 06:32 from Saved Stories – None
After a prolonged charade, Donald Trump has now admitted that he never recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, and thus he never had any tapes. That means Trump was lying when he publicly asserted that there were…

» trump, russia and the mob – Google News: Trump-Russia probe: Robert Mueller’s dream team has conspiracy experience – The Sydney Morning Herald
24/06/17 06:31 from Saved Stories – None
Trump – Russia probe: Robert Mueller’s dream team has conspiracy experience The Sydney Morning Herald Washington: When one of the The United States’ largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy …

» mueller – Google News: Mueller and Comey Not as Close as Trump and Others Suggest – U.S. News & World Report
24/06/17 06:31 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Mueller and Comey Not as Close as Trump and Others Suggest U.S. News & World Report 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was off…

» trump russian money – Google News: House Dems Go At Deutsche Bank Again For Info On Trump Loans And Russia – HuffPost
24/06/17 06:28 from Saved Stories – None
HuffPost House Dems Go At Deutsche Bank Again For Info On Trump Loans And Russia HuffPost The Democrats asked if any of the Trump loans were linked to the money -laundering operations, or if any of Trump’s loans were guaranteed by Russia…

» Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s “tech week” is even more of a dumpster fire than “infrastructure week”
24/06/17 06:27 from Saved Stories – None
At the beginning of last week, the Donald Trump administration announced it was “infrastructure week” but the thing ended up largely consisting of Trump getting into a feud with the Mayor of London and hiring a personal attor…

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: Donald Trump may face new legal action over Trump University
24/06/17 06:27 from Saved Stories – None
Sherri Simpson, a member of a class action lawsuit which settled for $25m, has appealed the settlement with intention to sue independently for fraud Donald Trump could face new legal action over his controversial Trump University venture…

» DEBKAFile: Saudis foil major terror attack on Mecca
24/06/17 06:25 from Saved Stories – None
June 24, 2017, 10:29 AM (IDT) A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Saudi security forces said…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): RussiaToday’s YouTube Videos: Massive fire tears through old mill in US, more than 100 firefighters battle flames (AERIAL VIDEO)
24/06/17 06:25 from Saved Stories – None
From: RussiaToday Duration: 01:45 Firefighters battle a huge blaze at an old mill building in Sanford, Maine, on Friday. It is thought that no one was injured, although the structure remains unsafe. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, NO…

» World – Google News: 5 things you need to know this weekend – USA TODAY
24/06/17 06:24 from Saved Stories – None
USA TODAY 5 things you need to know this weekend USA TODAY Nearly 50 years since New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, gay Pride celebrations are seemingly everywhere in the United States, from small Southern towns, to …

» DEBKAFile: Five high-rise housing blocks evacuated in London over fire hazard
24/06/17 06:24 from Saved Stories – None
June 24, 2017, 10:39 AM (IDT) Five residential tower blocks in London’s Swiss Cottage have been evacuated, leaving 800 households without accommodation, after firefighters said they could not guarantee their safety. They were place…

» россия и запад – Google News: У Порошенко рассказали, как Россия незаметно “взламывает” Запад – Апостроф
24/06/17 06:24 from Saved Stories – None
Апостроф У Порошенко рассказали, как Россия незаметно “взламывает” Запад Апостроф “Если попытаться подобрать наилучшую аналогию тому, как Россия “взламывает” Запад , то больше всего это похоже на саботаж работы с…

» Putin and Putinism – News Review: REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ – Express.co.uk
24/06/17 06:24 from Saved Stories – None
Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’. RUSSIAN authorities have enjoyed…

» Putin – Google News: REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ – Express.co.uk
24/06/17 06:23 from Saved Stories – None
Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ Express.co.uk REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’. RUSSIAN authorities have enjoyed…

» Reuters: World News: China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization
24/06/17 06:07 from Saved Stories – None
BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks i…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Aeroflot Stewardesses Continue Battle Against ‘Lookism’
24/06/17 06:06 from Saved Stories – None
In April, two Moscow courts rejected lawsuits filed by female Aeroflot flight attendants against company rules that allegedly discriminate on the basis of age and appearance. But the plaintiffs are undaunted and plan to take their case a…

» В мире – Новости Google: В ГД призвали не выдавать Киеву задержанного в Ялте командира батальона ДНР – РИА Новости
24/06/17 06:06 from Saved Stories – None
РИА Новости В ГД призвали не выдавать Киеву задержанного в Ялте командира батальона ДНР РИА Новости СИМФЕРОПОЛЬ, 24 июн – РИА Новости. Депутат Госдумы РФ Дмитрий Белик призвал не выдавать украинским властям задержанного в Крыму командира…

» Putin Trump – Google News: The Kremlin’s Investment in Trump Is Paying Off – The Atlantic
24/06/17 06:05 from Saved Stories – None
The Atlantic The Kremlin’s Investment in Trump Is Paying Off The Atlantic Trump himself has seemingly courted the favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 2016 presidential campaign. He’s repeatedly praised Putin’s leadership,…

» Reuters: World News: U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia ‘in use’
23/06/17 18:30 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday that a crisis communications link with Russia meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was “in use,” even after Moscow threatened to abandon it over the U.S. downing of a Syria…

» Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice – Los Angeles Times
23/06/17 18:10 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice Los Angeles Times He also brought on Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who specializes in money laundering and organized crime , and Eliza…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Russian App Founder Defies Kremlin Demand For Private Data
23/06/17 18:10 from Saved Stories – None
Russian social networking entrepreneur Pavel Durov is defying a Russian government demand to hand over data and secrets of his encrypted-messaging service, saying the blocking of his app by the Kremlin would only force private conversati…

» Comey resignation – Google News: Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point – ABC News
23/06/17 17:24 from Saved Stories – None
Trump labors to make Mueller- Comey tie a key talking point ABC News Mueller instructed his agents not to allow Comey to be removed from Ashcroft’s room and showed up as promised at the hospital. Comey was prepared to resign from the Jus…

» World – Google News: White House names Trump hotel employee to be chief usher – Politico
23/06/17 16:20 from Saved Stories – None
Politico White House names Trump hotel employee to be chief usher Politico First Lady Melania Trump announced Friday that Timothy Harleth will serve as White House chief usher, leaving his position at the Trump International Hotel to ove…

» Top Stories – Google News: F-16 Fighting Falcon Military Jet Flips Over at Dayton, Ohio, Air Show Practice – NBCNews.com
23/06/17 16:19 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com F-16 Fighting Falcon Military Jet Flips Over at Dayton, Ohio, Air Show Practice NBCNews.com Emergency crews were on scene at Ohio’s Dayton International Airport on Friday afternoon after reports that a military jet ran off th…

» US elections and russia – Google News: Conway: ‘No nexus’ between Russia and election outcome – CNN
23/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Conway: ‘No nexus’ between Russia and election outcome CNN Pressed again about what Trump is doing to prevent Russian interference in US elections , Conway said, “President Trump has met with his national security team many time…

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: Late-night hosts blast Trumpcare: ‘Needless suffering for low and middle-income people’
23/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
Comics, including Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, addressed the long-awaited release of the GOP’s healthcare legislation, which they crafted in secret Late-night hosts took aim at the Senate healthcare bill finally released on Thursday afte…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: US Tech Companies Give Russia Secretive Source Codes To Stay In Multi-Billion Dollar Market – Newsweek
23/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek US Tech Companies Give Russia Secretive Source Codes To Stay In Multi-Billion Dollar Market Newsweek The FSB has widely been condemned by the U.S. intelligence community, as well as Putin , for directly meddling in last year’s p…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Is Donald Trump right that Mexico is the second-deadliest country in the world? – Washington Post
23/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Is Donald Trump right that Mexico is the second-deadliest country in the world? Washington Post MEXICO CITY — With another flurry of his Twitter fingers, President Trump got Mexico gnashing its teeth. On Thursday night, T…

» trump criminal investigation – Google News: This Top Mueller Aide Once Worked on an Investigation of a Trump Associate Tied to the Russian Mob – Mother Jones
23/06/17 16:14 from Saved Stories – None
Mother Jones This Top Mueller Aide Once Worked on an Investigation of a Trump Associate Tied to the Russian Mob Mother Jones … Donald Trump fumes about the expanding Russia investigation , the man in charge of the probe has been busy a…

» Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s staff worries about his “fits of rage” and collapsing health
23/06/17 13:35 from Saved Stories – None
During Donald Trump’s overseas trip two months ago, Palmer Report documented a number of instances in which Trump’s health appeared to be in freefall. He canceled several meetings. He seemed winded during a speech. He was see…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Vladimir Putin ordered Russian hackers to help elect Donald Trump, says explosive new report – The Independent
23/06/17 13:33 from Saved Stories – None
Vladimir Putin ordered Russian hackers to help elect Donald Trump , says explosive new report The Independent A new report indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered election hacking to help elect Donald Trump . M…

» james b. comey – Google News: Reader Center: No, James Comey Didn’t Visit the Times’s Newsroom Yesterday – New York Times
23/06/17 13:31 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Reader Center: No, James Comey Didn’t Visit the Times’s Newsroom Yesterday New York Times James B . Comey did not visit The New York Times. Yes, the man who was summarily dismissed from his job as the F.B.I. director by Pr…

» Mueller has ‘great number’ of FBI agents helping in probe
23/06/17 13:28 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency has given Special Counsel Robert Mueller personnel to help with the ongoing Russia probe.  ‘We have a gre…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Trump investigator Mueller has ‘great number’ of FBI agents helping him probe Russia ties reveals bureau’s acting boss – Daily Mail
23/06/17 13:27 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Mail Trump investigator Mueller has ‘great number’ of FBI agents helping him probe Russia ties reveals bureau’s acting boss Daily Mail Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency has given Special Cou…

» mueller – Google News: Fire Mueller? Here’s why it’s likely Trump can’t – CNN
23/06/17 13:27 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Fire Mueller ? Here’s why it’s likely Trump can’t CNN Michael Zeldin, a CNN legal analyst, has served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and was special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney Ge…

» fbi – Google News: Grassley: Comey must say if FBI investigated Sessions – The Hill (blog)
23/06/17 13:26 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill (blog) Grassley: Comey must say if FBI investigated Sessions The Hill (blog) …He should also tell the public whether the FBI ever had an open investigation on Attorney General Sessions,” said Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary…

» fbi – Google News: Michigan airport suspect tried to buy a gun, says FBI – BBC News
23/06/17 13:26 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News Michigan airport suspect tried to buy a gun, says FBI BBC News The FBI says it believes the Canadian terror suspect in Wednesday’s Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy a gun while in the US. Amor Ftouhi – who is originally…

» mueller – Google News: Mueller v. Trump: The Ultimate Lawsuit – BillMoyers.com
23/06/17 13:26 from Saved Stories – None
BillMoyers.com Mueller v. Trump: The Ultimate Lawsuit BillMoyers.com Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The commi…

» mueller – Google News: Robert Mueller Adopts Stalinist Tactics – American Thinker
23/06/17 13:25 from Saved Stories – None
Robert Mueller Adopts Stalinist Tactics American Thinker We may be thankful to Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School, for reminding us of the delicious irony of an investigation which began …

» fbi – Google News: Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters – NPR
23/06/17 13:25 from Saved Stories – None
NPR Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters NPR In ordinary times, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust would be a natural candidate to take on a major construction project such as the long-awaited rebuildin…

» james b. comey – Google News: Trump argues tape allegations meant to keep Comey honest – Washington Times
23/06/17 13:24 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Times Trump argues tape allegations meant to keep Comey honest Washington Times President Trump said Friday that his comment about tapes was to keep former FBI Director James B . Comey honest. “I didn’t tape, and I don’t have …

» mueller – Google News: Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that special counsel Robert Mueller is ‘very, very good friends with Comey’ – ABC News
23/06/17 13:24 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that special counsel Robert Mueller is ‘very, very good friends with Comey’ ABC News Trump in a Fox News interview that aired Friday was asked whether he thinks Mueller should recuse himself from the Russia p…

» mueller – Google News: Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe – Washington Post
23/06/17 13:24 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe Washington Post President Trump laid out his belief that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is biased in the expanding Russia investigation a…

» fbi – Google News: FBI Investigating Deals Involving Paul Manafort and Son-in-Law – New York Times
23/06/17 13:23 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times FBI Investigating Deals Involving Paul Manafort and Son-in-Law New York Times It was not clear if the F.B.I. ‘s interest was part of the broader investigation that has ensnared Mr. Manafort, who was President Trump’s campa…


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What makes Putin tick? – The New European
Interview: Kasparov Says Putin Waging ‘War Against The Free World,’ But Is Tasting Failure For First Time – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Top Armed Services Dem to propose bill to address Russian aggression – The Hill
Oliver Stone Defines Useful Idiot in ‘The Putin Interviews’ – War Is Boring
How Vladimir Putin spends his mysterious fortune rumoured to be worth $70 billion – The Independent
White House spokesman does not rule out Trump-Putin July meeting in Germany – Reuters
US Army Chief Wants Vladimir Putin to Let Russia’s Nervous Neighbors Watch His War Games – Newsweek
Facing Putin, Trump will confront complex swirl of controversy – CNN
Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
REVEALED: Vladimir Putin has ‘accessed Western cyber security secrets since late 1990s’ – Express.co.uk
How Vladimir Putin weaponized the internet – The Week Magazine
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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding “no.” The claim that the FBI strives to be above politics is today and has always been absurd. When former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover admitted in an interview that his “agents” had tapped the phones of 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater and even bugged his campaign plane, Mr. Hoover told his interviewer, who wondered how someone in his position could so cavalierly ignore the law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, that when the president asks you deliver.

That and much else that Mr. Hoover ordered his “agents” to do during his too long tenure as FBIDirector was bad enough, but in the years since he departed the scene, the FBI has developed a penchant for breaking the law without even requiring a wink and a nod from above. The Bureau picks its targets for whatever reason and goes after them, concocting evidence or setting them up to technically break laws that have nothing to do with the “reasons” for the original targeting.

As an institution, the Bureau has always been more interested in its own image than in crime, espionage and terrorism, but its briefing on how James Thomas Hodgkinson came to shoot the third highest ranking member of Congress on July 14 in Alexandria boggles the mind as Bureau spokesmen more interested in political correctness than facts twisted what anyone with a passing interest in the episode already knew into a narrative that makes no sense.

Last Wednesday, Andrew Vale, director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, flanked by other FBI officials and representatives of the Capitol Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced the Bureau’s findings. In the official FBI release, rather than say that Mr. Hodgkinson had targeted the congressmen practicing at the Alexandria baseball field they had been using for years, the statement simply said that Mr. Hodgkinson “shot in the vicinity of the field” and could find no real political motive behind the man’s act. The suggestion was that the shooter, who had surveilled, the field, was “living” in a van parked adjacent to the field, and had researched the backgrounds of Rep. Steve Scalise and other members of Congress, was simply an unfortunate with “anger management issues” who snapped and began firing in “the vicinity” of the men who were shot but not targeted.

There is no question that Mr. Hodgkinson was a nut and virtually everyone agrees with the conclusion that what he did was not part of a larger terrorist operation, but that does not mean he wasn’t politically motivated. He hated Republicans, was a devout far left, progressive and the anger he had so much difficulty managing was political anger directed at Mr. Scalise, Republicans in general and, no surprise here, President Donald Trump. Mr. Vale’s briefing reminds one of the press conferences held after someone blows himself up, after yelling “Allahu akbar” at which the public is informed that while investigators, are, of course, looking into whether the man was either a Muslim or a terrorist, they have seen no real evidence to suggest either.

At one end of the spectrum there are folks who actually believe Democrats would like to kill Republicans. These are people who perhaps take the over the top rhetoric of actors, actresses, comedians and “resistance” leaders more seriously than they should, but at the other end are people like those who occupy top posts at the FBI who will go to any lengths to excuse a man who traveled from Illinois, practiced his marksmanship, studied his targets and open fired on them. He didn’t break. He prepared for and launched a pre-meditated attack on federal officeholders.

Agent Vale pointed out, perhaps in support of his cockamamie theory, that Mr. Hodgkinson had never actually threatened a member of Congress by telephone, mail or email. The FBI likes to investigate, threaten and even charge those who do that and little more and have apparently never bought into the idea that those seriously contemplating doing what Mr. Hodgkinson did rarely tip their hands in advance.

Firing Mr. Comey was a good first step, but only a first step if the FBI is to be transformed into the first-rate crime fighting organization it professes to be rather the laughingstock it has become.

• David A. Keene is editor at large at The Washington Times.

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Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

HACKING DEMOCRACY

TimelineThe White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

Graphic: The main findings, highlighted

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year. In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.

SECRET CIA REPORT ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE

CIA Director John Brennan first alerts the White House in early August that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an operation to defeat or at least damage Hillary Clinton and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

The president instructs aides to assess vulnerabilities in the election system and get agencies to agree on the intelligence that Putin was seeking to influence the election.

Brennan calls Alexander Bortnikov, the director of Russia’s main security agency, and warns him about interfering in the U.S. presidential election.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s efforts to secure the U.S. voting systems run aground when some state officials reject his plan, calling it a federal takeover.

SECRET CIA REPORT ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE

CIA Director John Brennan first alerts the White House in early August that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an operation to defeat or at least damage Hillary Clinton and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

The president instructs aides to assess vulnerabilities in the election system and get agencies to agree on the intelligence that Putin was seeking to influence the election.

Brennan calls Alexander Bortnikov, the director of Russia’s main security agency, and warns him about interfering in the U.S. presidential election.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s efforts to secure the U.S. voting systems run aground when some state officials reject his plan, calling it a federal takeover.

[Graphic: The main findings, highlighted]

But at the highest levels of government, among those responsible for managing the crisis, the first moment of true foreboding about Russia’s intentions arrived with that CIA intelligence.

The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

[Putin ‘ordered’ effort to undermine faith in U.S. election and help Trump, report says]

Over that five-month interval, the Obama administration secretly debated dozens of options for deterring or punishing Russia, including cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of CIA-gathered material that might embarrass Putin and sanctions that officials said could “crater” the Russian economy.

(Whitney Leaming,Osman Malik/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post’s national security reporters unveil the deep divisions inside the Obama White House over how to respond to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Inside Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference. (Whitney Leaming, Osman Malik/The Washington Post)

But in the end, in late December, Obama approved a modest package combining measures that had been drawn up to punish Russia for other issues — expulsions of 35 diplomats and the closure of two Russian compounds — with economic sanctions so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic.

Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.

Those closest to Obama defend the administration’s response to Russia’s meddling. They note that by August it was too late to prevent the transfer to WikiLeaks and other groups of the troves of emails that would spill out in the ensuing months. They believe that a series of warnings — including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September — prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems.

Denis McDonough Denis McDonough White House chief of staff. McDonough was one of the first few officials to discuss details of the intelligence. , who served as Obama’s chief of staff, said that the administration regarded Russia’s interference as an attack on the “heart of our system.”

“We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote,” McDonough said in an interview. “Importantly, we did that. It’s also important to establish what happened and what they attempted to do so as to ensure that we take the steps necessary to stop it from happening again.”

But other administration officials look back on the Russia period with remorse.

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russia. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

The post-election period has been dominated by the overlapping investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia before the election and whether the president sought to obstruct the FBI probe afterward. That spectacle has obscured the magnitude of Moscow’s attempt to hijack a precious and now vulnerable-seeming American democratic process.

Beset by allegations of hidden ties between his campaign and Russia, Trump has shown no inclination to revisit the matter and has denied any collusion or obstruction on his part. As a result, the expulsions and modest sanctions announced by Obama on Dec. 29 continue to stand as the United States’ most forceful response.

“The punishment did not fit the crime,” said Michael McFaul, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia for the Obama administration from 2012 to 2014. “Russia violated our sovereignty, meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy — electing our president. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack. And U.S. policymakers now — both in the White House and Congress — should consider new actions to deter future Russian interventions.”

The Senate this month passed a bill that would impose additional election- and Ukraine-related sanctions on Moscow and limit Trump’s ability to lift them. The measure requires House approval, however, and Trump’s signature.

This account of the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s interference is based on interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments, and U.S. intelligence services. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

The White House, the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

‘Deeply concerned’

The CIA breakthrough came at a stage of the presidential campaign when Trump had secured the GOP nomination but was still regarded as a distant long shot. Clinton held comfortable leads in major polls, and Obama expected that he would be transferring power to someone who had served in his Cabinet.

The intelligence on Putin was extraordinary on multiple levels, including as a feat of espionage.

For spy agencies, gaining insights into the intentions of foreign leaders is among the highest priorities. But Putin is a remarkably elusive target. A former KGB officer, he takes extreme precautions to guard against surveillance, rarely communicating by phone or computer, always running sensitive state business from deep within the confines of the Kremlin.

[Vladimir Putin: From the KGB to president of Russia]

The Washington Post is withholding some details of the intelligence at the request of the U.S. government.

In early August, Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. alerted senior White House officials to the Putin intelligence, making a call to deputy national security adviser Avril Haines Avril Haines Deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the CIA under Brennan. and pulling national security adviser Susan E. Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. aside after a meeting before briefing Obama along with Rice, Haines and McDonough Denis McDonough White House chief of staff. McDonough was one of the first few officials to discuss details of the intelligence. in the Oval Office.

Officials described the president’s reaction as grave. Obama “was deeply concerned and wanted as much information as fast as possible,” a former official said. “He wanted the entire intelligence community all over this.”

Then-CIA Director John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2016. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

Concerns about Russian interference had gathered throughout the summer.

Russia experts had begun to see a troubling pattern of propaganda in which fictitious news stories, assumed to be generated by Moscow, proliferated across social-media platforms.

Officials at the State Department and FBI became alarmed by an unusual spike in requests from Russia for temporary visas for officials with technical skills seeking permission to enter the United States for short-term assignments at Russian facilities. At the FBI’s behest, the State Department delayed approving the visas until after the election.

Meanwhile, the FBI was tracking a flurry of hacking activity against U.S. political parties, think tanks and other targets. Russia had gained entry to DNC systems in the summer of 2015 and spring of 2016, but the breaches did not become public until they were disclosed in a June 2016 report by The Post.

[Russian government hackers penetrated DNC]

Even after the late-July WikiLeaks dump, which came on the eve of the Democratic convention and led to the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as the DNC’s chairwoman, U.S. intelligence officials continued to express uncertainty about who was behind the hacks or why they were carried out.

At a public security conference in Aspen, Colo., in late July, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. noted that Russia had a long history of meddling in American elections but that U.S. spy agencies were not ready to “make the call on attribution” for what was happening in 2016.

“We don’t know enough . . . to ascribe motivation,” Clapper said. “Was this just to stir up trouble or was this ultimately to try to influence an election?”

RUSSIA AND THE CONVENTIONS

GOP convention, July 18 to 21

Democratic convention, July 25 to 28

Trump staffers alter

GOP platform on Ukraine

During the Republican National Convention, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak speaks with Trump advisers J.D. Gordon and Carter Page. Gordon would later say he was part of the push to soften the GOP’s national security platform regarding U.S. support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Kislyak meets with Jeff Sessions at a panel at the convention hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

WikiLeaks publishes about 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, days before the party’s national convention. Julian Assange tells NBC there is “no proof” that the information his anti-secrecy group received came from Russia. U.S. officials say WikiLeaks received the data from Russia.

RUSSIA AND THE CONVENTIONS

GOP convention, July 18 to 21

Democratic convention, July 25 to 28

Trump staffers alter GOP

platform on Ukraine

WikiLeaks publishes about 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, days before the party’s national convention. Julian Assange tells NBC there is “no proof” that the information his anti-secrecy group received came from Russia. U.S. officials say WikiLeaks received the data from Russia.

During the Republican National Convention, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak speaks with Trump advisers J.D. Gordon and Carter Page. Gordon would later say he was part of the push to soften the GOP’s national security platform regarding U.S. support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Kislyak meets with Jeff Sessions at a panel at the convention hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

[Graphic: The main findings, highlighted]

Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI.

The unit functioned as a sealed compartment, its work hidden from the rest of the intelligence community. Those brought in signed new non-disclosure agreements to be granted access to intelligence from all three participating agencies.

They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.

Don’t make things worse

The secrecy extended into the White House.

Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. , Haines Avril Haines Deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the CIA under Brennan. and White House homeland-security adviser Lisa Monaco convened meetings in the Situation Room to weigh the mounting evidence of Russian interference and generate options for how to respond. At first, only four senior security officials were allowed to attend: Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. , Clapper James R. Clapper Director of national intelligence and one of four senior administration officials to participate in meetings in of the Situation Room on how to retaliate against Russia. Clapper would eventually release the Obama administration’s first statement concluding Russia interfered in the election. , Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and FBI Director James B. Comey. Aides ordinarily allowed entry as “plus-ones” were barred.

Gradually, the circle widened to include Vice President Biden and others. Agendas sent to Cabinet secretaries — including John F. Kerry at the State Department and Ashton B. Carter at the Pentagon — arrived in envelopes that subordinates were not supposed to open. Sometimes the agendas were withheld until participants had taken their seats in the Situation Room.

Throughout his presidency, Obama’s approach to national security challenges was deliberate and cautious. He came into office seeking to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was loath to act without support from allies overseas and firm political footing at home. He was drawn only reluctantly into foreign crises, such as the civil war in Syria, that presented no clear exit for the United States.

Obama’s approach often seemed reducible to a single imperative: Don’t make things worse. As brazen as the Russian attacks on the election seemed, Obama and his top advisers feared that things could get far worse.

They were concerned that any pre-election response could provoke an escalation from Putin. Moscow’s meddling to that point was seen as deeply concerning but unlikely to materially affect the outcome of the election. Far more worrisome to the Obama team was the prospect of a cyber-assault on voting systems before and on Election Day.

They also worried that any action they took would be perceived as political interference in an already volatile campaign. By August, Trump was predicting that the election would be rigged. Obama officials feared providing fuel to such claims, playing into Russia’s efforts to discredit the outcome and potentially contaminating the expected Clinton triumph.

Before departing for an August vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Obama instructed aides to pursue ways to deter Moscow and proceed along three main paths: Get a high-confidence assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies on Russia’s role and intent; shore up any vulnerabilities in state-run election systems; and seek bipartisan support from congressional leaders for a statement condemning Moscow and urging states to accept federal help.

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House in December. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

The administration encountered obstacles at every turn.

Despite the intelligence the CIA had produced, other agencies were slower to endorse a conclusion that Putin was personally directing the operation and wanted to help Trump. “It was definitely compelling, but it was not definitive,” said one senior administration official. “We needed more.”

Some of the most critical technical intelligence on Russia came from another country, officials said. Because of the source of the material, the NSA was reluctant to view it with high confidence.

Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. moved swiftly to schedule private briefings with congressional leaders. But getting appointments with certain Republicans proved difficult, officials said, and it was not until after Labor Day that Brennan had reached all members of the “Gang of Eight” — the majority and minority leaders of both houses and the chairmen and ranking Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees.

Jeh Johnson, the homeland-security secretary, was responsible for finding out whether the government could quickly shore up the security of the nation’s archaic patchwork of voting systems. He floated the idea of designating state mechanisms “critical infrastructure,” a label that would have entitled states to receive priority in federal cybersecurity assistance, putting them on a par with U.S. defense contractors and financial networks.

On Aug. 15, Johnson arranged a conference call with dozens of state officials, hoping to enlist their support. He ran into a wall of resistance.

The reaction “ranged from neutral to negative,” Johnson said in congressional testimony Wednesday.

Brian Kemp, the Republican secretary of state of Georgia, used the call to denounce Johnson’s proposal as an assault on state rights. “I think it was a politically calculated move by the previous administration,” Kemp said in a recent interview, adding that he remains unconvinced that Russia waged a campaign to disrupt the 2016 race. “I don’t necessarily believe that,” he said.

Stung by the reaction, the White House turned to Congress for help, hoping that a bipartisan appeal to states would be more effective.

In early September, Johnson Jeh Johnson Homeland security secretary. Johnson is tasked with securing voting systems and arranges meetings with dozens of state officials. , Comey James B. ComeyFBI director appointed by Obama. Comey was one of four senior officials to participate in meetings in the Situation Room on how to respond to Russia’s interference. Comey particpates in a briefing for members of Congress on Russia’s activities, but the meeting disolves into partisan bickering. and Monaco Lisa Monaco Homeland security adviser. Monaco briefs key members of Congress on the intelligence. arrived on Capitol Hill in a caravan of black SUVs for a meeting with 12 key members of Congress, including the leadership of both parties.

The meeting devolved into a partisan squabble.

“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.

On Sept. 22, two California Democrats — Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam B. Schiff — did what they couldn’t get the White House to do. They issued a statement making clear that they had learned from intelligence briefings that Russia was directing a campaign to undermine the election, but they stopped short of saying to what end.

A week later, McConnell and other congressional leaders issued a cautious statement that encouraged state election officials to ensure their networks were “secure from attack.” The release made no mention of Russia and emphasized that the lawmakers “would oppose any effort by the federal government” to encroach on the states’ authorities.

When U.S. spy agencies reached unanimous agreement in late September that the interference was a Russian operation directed by Putin, Obama directed spy chiefs to prepare a public statement summarizing the intelligence in broad strokes.

With Obama still determined to avoid any appearance of politics, the statement would not carry his signature.

On Oct. 7, the administration offered its first public comment on Russia’s “active measures,” in a three-paragraph statement issued by Johnson Jeh Johnson Homeland security secretary. Johnson is tasked with securing voting systems and arranges meetings with dozens of state officials. and ClapperJames R. Clapper Director of national intelligence and one of four senior administration officials to participate in meetings in of the Situation Room on how to retaliate against Russia. Clapper would eventually release the Obama administration’s first statement concluding Russia interfered in the election. . Comey James B. Comey FBI director appointed by Obama. Comey was one of four senior officials to participate in meetings in the Situation Room on how to respond to Russia’s interference. Comey particpates in a briefing for members of Congress on Russia’s activities, but the meeting disolves into partisan bickering. had initially agreed to attach his name, as well, officials said, but changed his mind at the last minute, saying that it was too close to the election for the bureau to be involved.

“The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations,” the statement said. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

Early drafts accused Putin by name, but the reference was removed out of concern that it might endanger intelligence sources and methods.

The statement was issued around 3:30 p.m., timed for maximum media coverage. Instead, it was quickly drowned out. At 4 p.m., The Post published a story about crude comments Trump had made about women that were captured on an “Access Hollywood” tape. Half an hour later, WikiLeaks published its first batch of emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

To some, Obama’s determination to avoid politicizing the Russia issue had the opposite effect: It meant that he allowed politics to shape his administration’s response to what some believed should have been treated purely as a national security threat.

Schiff said that the administration’s justifications for inaction often left him with a sense of “cognitive dissonance.”

“The administration doesn’t need congressional support to issue a statement of attribution or impose sanctions,” Schiff said in a recent interview. He said many groups inadvertently abetted Russia’s campaign, including Republicans who refused to confront Moscow and media organizations that eagerly mined the troves of hacked emails.

“Where Democrats need to take responsibility,” Schiff said, “is that we failed to persuade the country why they should care that a foreign power is meddling in our affairs.”

‘Ample time’ after election

The Situation Room is actually a complex of secure spaces in the basement level of the West Wing. A video feed from the main room courses through some National Security Council offices, allowing senior aides sitting at their desks to see — but not hear — when meetings are underway.

As the Russia-related sessions with Cabinet members began in August, the video feed was shut off. The last time that had happened on a sustained basis, officials said, was in the spring of 2011 during the run-up to the U.S. Special Operations raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

The blacked-out screens were seen as an ominous sign among lower-level White House officials who were largely kept in the dark about the Russia deliberations even as they were tasked with generating options for retaliation against Moscow.

Much of that work was led by the Cyber Response Group, an NSC unit with representatives from the CIA, NSA, State Department and Pentagon.

The early options they discussed were ambitious. They looked at sectorwide economic sanctions and cyberattacks that would take Russian networks temporarily offline. One official informally suggested — though never formally proposed — moving a U.S. naval carrier group into the Baltic Sea as a symbol of resolve.

What those lower-level officials did not know was that the principals and their deputies had by late September all but ruled out any pre-election retaliation against Moscow. They feared that any action would be seen as political and that Putin, motivated by a seething resentment of Clinton, was prepared to go beyond fake news and email dumps.

[The roots of the hostility between Putin and Clinton]

The FBI had detected suspected Russian attempts to penetrate election systems in 21 states, and at least one senior White House official assumed that Moscow would try all 50, officials said. Some officials believed the attempts were meant to be detected to unnerve the Americans. The patchwork nature of the United States’ 3,000 or so voting jurisdictions would make it hard for Russia to swing the outcome, but Moscow could still sow chaos.

“We turned to other scenarios” the Russians might attempt, said Michael Daniel, who was cybersecurity coordinator at the White House, “such as disrupting the voter rolls, deleting every 10th voter [from registries] or flipping two digits in everybody’s address.”

The Moscow International Business Center in Moscow. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

The White House also worried that they had not yet seen the worst of Russia’s campaign. WikiLeaks and DCLeaks, a website set up in June 2016 by hackers believed to be Russian operatives, already had troves of emails. But U.S. officials feared that Russia had more explosive material or was willing to fabricate it.

“Our primary interest in August, September and October was to prevent them from doing the max they could do,” said a senior administration official. “We made the judgment that we had ample time after the election, regardless of outcome, for punitive measures.”

The assumption that Clinton would win contributed to the lack of urgency.

Instead, the administration issued a series of warnings.

Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. delivered the first on Aug. 4 in a blunt phone call with Alexander Bortnikov Alexander Bortnikov Director of the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB. CIA Director John Brennan is one of the first to warn Bortnikov over Russia’s election interference in a telephone call. Brennan said Bortnikov denied it but told him he would pass on his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. , the director of the FSB, Russia’s powerful security service.

A month later, Obama confronted Putin directly during a meeting of world leaders in Hangzhou, China. Accompanied only by interpreters, Obama told Putin that “we knew what he was doing and [he] better stop or else,” according to a senior aide who subsequently spoke with Obama. Putin responded by demanding proof and accusing the United States of interfering in Russia’s internal affairs.

In a subsequent news conference, Obama alluded to the exchange and issued a veiled threat. “We’re moving into a new era here where a number of countries have significant capacities,” he said. “Frankly, we’ve got more capacity than anybody both offensively and defensively.”

There were at least two other warnings.

On Oct. 7, the day that the Clapper-Johnson statement was released, Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. summoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak Sergey Kislyak Russian ambassador to the United States since 2008, a career diplomat not considered especially close to Putin. to the White House and handed him a message to relay to Putin.

Then, on Oct. 31, the administration delivered a final pre-election message via a secure channel to Moscow originally created to avert a nuclear exchange. The message noted that the United States had detected malicious activity, originating from servers in Russia, targeting U.S. election systems and warned that meddling would be regarded as unacceptable interference. Russia confirmed the next day that it had received the message but replied only after the election through the same channel, denying the accusation.

As Election Day approached, proponents of taking action against Russia made final, futile appeals to Obama’s top aides: McDonough Denis McDonough White House chief of staff. McDonough was one of the first few officials to discuss details of the intelligence. , Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. and Haines Avril Haines Deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the CIA under Brennan. . Because their offices were part of a suite of spaces in the West Wing, securing their support on any national security issue came to be known as “moving the suite.”

One of the last to try before the election was Kerry. Often perceived as reluctant to confront Russia, in part to preserve his attempts to negotiate a Syria peace deal, Kerry was at critical moments one of the leading hawks.

In October, Kerry’s top aides had produced an “action memo” that included a package of retaliatory measures including economic sanctions. Knowing the White House was not willing to act before the election, the plan called for the measures to be announced almost immediately after votes had been securely cast and counted.

Kerry signed the memo and urged the White House to convene a principals meeting to discuss the plan, officials said. “The response was basically, ‘Not now,’ ” one official said.

Election Day arrived without penalty for Moscow.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in 2014. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

The ‘tabledrop’

Despite the dire warnings, there were no meltdowns in the United States’ voting infrastructure on Nov. 8, no evidence of hacking-related fraud, crashing of electronic ballots or ma­nipu­la­tion of vote counts.

The outcome itself, however, was a shock.

Suddenly, Obama faced a successor who had praised WikiLeaks and prodded Moscow to steal even more Clinton emails, while dismissing the idea that Russia was any more responsible for the election assault than “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

“The White House was mortified and shocked,” said a former administration official. “From national security people there was a sense of immediate introspection, of, ‘Wow, did we mishandle this.’ ”

At first, there was no outward sign of new resolve.

After his failed pre-election bid, Kerry returned with a fallback proposal, calling for the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference and make recommendations on how to protect future elections.

The panel would be modeled on the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, producing a definitive report and making recommendations that led to the overhaul of U.S. intelligence agencies.

“The idea was that if you think doing something aggressive is too inflammatory, then we shouldn’t have a problem getting to the truth about what happened,” said an administration official familiar with the Kerry plan. Trump was expected to oppose such a plan, but setting it in motion before he was sworn in would make it “harder and uglier politically” for him to block.

Supporters’ confidence was buoyed when McDonough Denis McDonough White House chief of staff. McDonough was one of the first few officials to discuss details of the intelligence. signaled that he planned to “tabledrop” the proposal at the next NSC meeting, one that would be chaired by Obama. Kerry was overseas and participated by videoconference.

To some, the “tabledrop” term has a tactical connotation beyond the obvious. It is sometimes used as a means of securing approval of an idea by introducing it before opponents have a chance to form counterarguments.

“We thought this was a good sign,” a former State Department official said.

But as soon as McDonough introduced the proposal for a commission, he began criticizing it, arguing that it would be perceived as partisan and almost certainly blocked by Congress.

Obama then echoed McDonough’s critique, effectively killing any chance that a Russia commission would be formed.

McDonough declined to comment on the principals’ committee meeting on the commission or any other sensitive matters but acknowledged that he opposed the idea, in part because he believed it would be premature to do so before U.S. intelligence agencies and Congress had conducted their investigations.

White House staffers listen as President Barack Obama speaks about the election results on Nov. 9, 2016, in the Rose Garden. (Photo by Susan Walsh/AP; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

‘Demoralized’

Several officials described the post-election atmosphere at the White House as somber. “It was like a funeral parlor,” according to one official who said that work on Russia and other subjects slowed as officials began to anticipate the damage to Obama’s policies and legacy.

Others disputed that characterization, saying that the NSC carried on with no interruption or diminution of focus. “Nobody got paralyzed by grief,” a high-ranking official said. “We all did our jobs.”

Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. declined to comment on White House deliberations or other sensitive matters but said that the administration always planned to respond to Russia, regardless of the outcome of the election. “We felt it was on our watch and that we had to do something about it. It was our responsibility,” Rice said.

Whatever the case, work on Russia did not resume in earnest until after Thanksgiving, in part because Obama made his last foreign trip.

Rice again ordered NSC staffers to finalize a “menu” of punitive measures to use against Moscow. The list that took shape was a distillation of ideas that had been circulating for months across three main categories: cyber, economic and diplomatic.

Again, the discussion ran into roadblocks.

Spy agencies wanted to maintain their penetrations of Russian networks, not expose them in a cyber-fusillade.

Treasury Department officials devised plans that would hit entire sectors of Russia’s economy. One preliminary suggestion called for targeting technology companies including Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm. But skeptics worried that the harm could spill into Europe and pointed out that U.S. companies used Kaspersky systems and software.

Several senior administration officials called for imposing sanctions on Putin personally or releasing financial records or other information that would embarrass him. Some objected that the latter proposal would send the wrong message — the United States would be engaging in the same behavior it was condemning. In any case, it was not clear how long it would take U.S. spy agencies to assemble such a Putin dossier.

“By December, those of us working on this for a long time were demoralized,” said an administration official involved in the developing punitive options.

Then the tenor began to shift.

On Dec. 9, Obama ordered a comprehensive review by U.S. intelligence agencies of Russian interference in U.S. elections going back to 2008, with a plan to make some of the findings public.

A week later, in one of Obama’s final news briefings, he expressed irritation that such a consequential election “came to be dominated by a bunch of these leaks.” He scolded news organizations for an “obsession” with titillating material about the Democrats that had dominated coverage.

Then he unloaded on Moscow. “The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us,” he said. “They are a smaller country. They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms.”

It was a rare outburst for Obama, one that came amid a wave of internal second-guessing, finger-pointing from members of the defeated Clinton campaign, and the post-election posturing of Putin and Trump.

There was another factor at work, however.

Obama’s decision to order a comprehensive report on Moscow’s interference from U.S. spy agencies had prompted analysts to go back through their agencies’ files, scouring for previously overlooked clues.

The effort led to a flurry of new, disturbing reports — many of them presented in the President’s Daily Brief — about Russia’s subversion of the 2016 race. The emerging picture enabled policymakers to begin seeing the Russian campaign in broader terms, as a comprehensive plot sweeping in its scope.

Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser, said that the DNC email penetrations were initially thought to be in the same vein as previous Russian hacking efforts against targets including the State Department and White House.

“In many ways . . . we dealt with this as a cyberthreat and focused on protecting our cyber infrastructure,” Rhodes said in an interview. “Meanwhile, the Russians were playing this much bigger game, which included elements like released hacked materials, political propaganda and propagating fake news, which they’d pursued in other countries.”

“We weren’t able to put all of those pieces together in real time,” Rhodes said, “and in many ways that complete picture is still being filled in.” Rhodes declined to discuss any sensitive information.

National security adviser Susan E. Rice looks over documents in the Oval Office in October. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

Obama’s darkened mood, the intelligence findings and the approaching transfer of power gave new urgency to NSC deliberations. In mid-December, as Cabinet members took turns citing drawbacks to various proposals for retaliating against Russia, Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. grew impatient and began cutting them off.

“We’re not talking anymore. We’re acting,” she said, according to one participant.

Rice moved swiftly through a list of proposals that had survived months of debate, a menu that allowed principals to vote for what one participant described as “heavy, medium and light” options.

Among those in the Situation Room were Clapper James R. Clapper Director of national intelligence and one of four senior administration officials to participate in meetings in of the Situation Room on how to retaliate against Russia. Clapper would eventually release the Obama administration’s first statement concluding Russia interfered in the election. , Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. , KerryJohn Kerry Secretary of state. Kerry tries to get the administration to confront Russia several times. and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Rice challenged them go to the “max of their comfort zones,” a second participant said.

Economic sanctions, originally aimed only at Russia’s military intelligence service, were expanded to include the FSB, a domestic successor to the KGB. Four Russian intelligence officials and three companies with links to those services were also named as targets.

The FBI had long lobbied to close two Russian compounds in the United States — one in Maryland and another in New York — on the grounds that both were used for espionage and placed an enormous surveillance burden on the bureau.

[On the Eastern Shore, a 45-acre Russian compound kept its secrets close]

The FBI was also responsible for generating the list of Russian operatives working under diplomatic cover to expel, drawn from a roster the bureau maintains of suspected Russian intelligence agents in the United States.

Cabinet officials were prompted to vote on whether to close one Russian compound or two, whether to kick out around 10 suspected Russian agents, 20 or 35.

Kerry laid out his department’s concerns. The U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, had sent a cable warning that Moscow would inevitably expel the same number of Americans from Moscow and that departures of that magnitude would impair the embassy’s ability to function.

The objections were dismissed, and Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. submitted a plan to Obama calling for the seizure of both Russian facilities and the expulsion of 35 suspected spies. Obama signed off on the package and announced the punitive measures on Dec. 29, while on vacation in Hawaii.

By then, the still-forming Trump administration was becoming entangled by questions about contacts with Moscow. On or around that same day that Obama imposed sanctions, Trump’s designated national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, told the Russian ambassador by phone that the sanctions would soon be revisited. Flynn’s false statements about that conversation later cost him his job.

The report that Obama had commissioned was released a week later, on Jan. 6. It was based largely on the work done by the task force Brennan John Brennan CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. had established and made public what the CIA had concluded in August, that “Putin and the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton.”

It also carried a note of warning: “We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the U.S. election to future influence efforts worldwide.”

Sanctions’ ‘minimal’ impact

The punitive measures got several days of media attention before the spotlight returned to Trump, his still-forming administration and, later, the initial rumblings of the Russia crisis that has become a consuming issue for the Trump White House.

But the package of measures approved by Obama, and the process by which they were selected and implemented, were more complex than initially understood.

The expulsions and compound seizures were originally devised as ways to retaliate against Moscow not for election interference but for an escalating campaign of harassment of American diplomats and intelligence operatives. U.S. officials often endured hostile treatment, but the episodes had become increasingly menacing and violent.

In one previously undisclosed incident on July 6, a Russian military helicopter dropped from the sky to make multiple passes just feet over the hood of a vehicle being driven by the U.S. defense attache, who was accompanied by colleagues, on a stretch of road between Murmansk and Pechenga in northern Russia. The attempt at intimidation was captured on photos the Americans took through the windshield.

An even more harrowing encounter took place the prior month, when a CIA operative returning by taxi to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was tackled and thrown to the ground by a uniformed FSB guard. In a video aired on Russian television, the U.S. operative can be seen struggling to drag himself across the embassy threshold and onto U.S. sovereign territory. He sustained a broken shoulder in the attack.

Though conceived as retaliation for those incidents, the expulsions were adapted and included in the election-related package. The roster of expelled spies included several operatives who were suspected of playing a role in Russia’s election interference from within the United States, officials said. They declined to elaborate.

More broadly, the list of 35 names focused heavily on Russians known to have technical skills. Their names and bios were laid out on a dossier delivered to senior White House officials and Cabinet secretaries, although the list was modified at the last minute to reduce the number of expulsions from Russia’s U.N. mission in New York and add more names from its facilities in Washington and San Francisco.

A compound near Centreville, Md., that was being used by Russian diplomats is seen in a 2015 satellite photo. The compound was closed in December as part of a U.S. sanctions package. (Photo obtained by The Washington Post; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

The compounds were even higher on the FBI’s wish list.

At one point in the White House deliberations, intelligence analysts used aerial images of the facilities to show how they had been modified to enhance their espionage capabilities. Slides displayed in the Situation Room showed new chimneys and other features, all presumed to allow for the installation of more-sophisticated eavesdropping equipment aimed at U.S. naval facilities and the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland.

Rice Susan Rice National security adviser. Rice orders the National Security Council to finalize a list of options to use against Moscow. pointed to the FBI’s McCabe Andrew McCabe Deputy FBI director. McCabe was among others in the Situation Room challenged by Rice to go to the “max of their comfort zones” in deciding retaliatory measures. and said: “You guys have been begging to do this for years. Now is your chance.”

The administration gave Russia 24 hours to evacuate the sites, and FBI agents watched as fleets of trucks loaded with cargo passed through the compounds’ gates.

When FBI agents entered the sites, they found them stripped of antennas, electronics, computers, file cabinets and other gear, officials said, their hasty removal leaving visible markings on floors, tables and walls.

Economic sanctions are widely seen as the United States’ most potent lever, short of military force. Russia’s economy is dwarfed by that of the United States, and nearly every major Russian institution and oligarch depends to some degree on access to U.S. and Western financial institutions, networks and credit.

Sanctions that the United States and Europe imposed on Russia in 2014 for its actions in Ukraine were damaging. Coinciding with a sharp drop in oil prices, those measures contributed to a 4 percent contraction in the Russian economy and sent its reserves plunging.

The election-related sanctions, by contrast, have had no such impact.

Officials involved in designing them said that the main targets — Russia’s foreign and military intelligence services, the GRU and FSB, and senior officials at those agencies — have few known holdings abroad or vulnerable assets to freeze.

“I don’t think any of us thought of sanctions as being a primary way of expressing our disapproval” for the election interference, said a senior administration official involved in the decision. “Going after their intelligence services was not about economic impact. It was symbolic.”

More than any other measure, that decision has become a source of regret to senior administration officials directly involved in the Russia debate. The outcome has left the impression that Obama saw Russia’s military meddling in Ukraine as more deserving of severe punishment than its subversion of a U.S. presidential race.

“What is the greater threat to our system of government?” said a former high-ranking administration official, noting that Obama and his advisers knew from projections formulated by the Treasury Department that the impact of the election-related economic sanctions would be “minimal.”

A U.S. cyber-weapon

The most difficult measure to evaluate is one that Obama alluded to in only the most oblique fashion when announcing the U.S. response.

“We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized,” he said in a statement released by the White House.

He was referring, in part, to a cyber operation that was designed to be detected by Moscow but not cause significant damage, officials said. The operation, which entailed implanting computer code in sensitive computer systems that Russia was bound to find, served only as a reminder to Moscow of the United States’ cyber reach.

But Obama also signed the secret finding, officials said, authorizing a new covert program involving the NSA, CIA and U.S. Cyber Command.

Obama declined to comment for this article, but a spokesman issued a statement: “This situation was taken extremely seriously, as is evident by President Obama raising this issue directly with President Putin; 17 intelligence agencies issuing an extraordinary public statement; our homeland security officials working relentlessly to bolster the cyber defenses of voting infrastructure around the country; the President directing a comprehensive intelligence review, and ultimately issuing a robust response including shutting down two Russian compounds, sanctioning nine Russian entities and individuals, and ejecting 35 Russian diplomats from the country.”

The cyber operation is still in its early stages and involves deploying “implants” in Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted,” a former U.S. official said.

The implants were developed by the NSA and designed so that they could be triggered remotely as part of retaliatory cyber-strike in the face of Russian aggression, whether an attack on a power grid or interference in a future presidential race.

Officials familiar with the measures said that there was concern among some in the administration that the damage caused by the implants could be difficult to contain.

As a result, the administration requested a legal review, which concluded that the devices could be controlled well enough that their deployment would be considered “proportional” in varying scenarios of Russian provocation, a requirement under international law.

The operation was described as long-term, taking months to position the implants and requiring maintenance thereafter. Under the rules of covert action, Obama’s signature was all that was necessary to set the operation in motion.

U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it. The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so.

Karen DeYoung and Julie Tate contributed to this report.

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This morning the Washington Post revealed in an 8,000 word deep-dive that the CIA obtained Russian President Vladimir Putins direct instructions for undercutting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump in the 2016 election. In response to Russian interference, President Obama approved a modest package of sanctions, including the expulsion of Russian diplomats, and a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russias infrastructure. The project was in its early stages when Obama left office and therefore its future was left to the discretion of President Trump. Senior Obama administration officials expressed regret about not doing more to retaliate against Russia. One such official stated that, It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend…I feel like we sort of choked. The Post also provided a condensed timeline of its findings.

Time reported that Russias hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously thought, including at least one case in which investigators found evidence of manipulation of voter data in a county database. The alterations were discovered and rectified. Additionally, current and former officials revealed that Russian state-sponsored hackers stole thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers. Sources told Time that congressional investigators are looking at whether any of the stolen data made its way to the Trump campaign.

During an interview on Fox and Friends this morning, President Trump kept open the possibility of firing Robert Mueller, Special Counsel on the Russia investigation. Trump called Muellers close friendship with fired FBI Director James Comey very bothersome and noted that Mueller has hired all Hillary Clinton supporters. He continued: I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint. When asked whether Mueller should recuse himself from the investigation, Trump said three times we’ll have to see.

In two tweets yesterday, President Trump asserted that he did not record conversations between himself and former FBI director James Comey: With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information I have no idea . whether there are tapes of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, such recordings. Heres the New York Times story. Trump had previously suggested on Twitter that Comey had better hope that there are no tapes. Comey testified on June 8 that Trump had privately asked him to drop the inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Separately, the U.S. private sector faces its own set of challenges with Russia. Reuters reported today that western technology firms, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Russia that its authorities be permitted to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before the products can be imported and sold in the country. A number of firms are complying with the requests in order to preserve their access to Russias tech market, but the U.S. firm Symantec stated that it stopped cooperating with Russian source code reviews over security concerns. U.S. officials contend they warned firms about the risks of providing products source code to the Russians, but noted that they have no legal authority to stop the practice unless the technology has restricted military applications or violates U.S. sanctions.

Foreign Policy reported yesterday that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known by as CFIUSresponsible for making sure that foreign acquisitions of American firms do not present a threat to U.S. national securitysuffers from a lack of staffing. Administration officials suggested they would like to see CFIUS strengthened, which could be a valuable tool to curb Chinese investments in America, a central concern for the current White House. Officials added that they want the ability to more specifically target transactions from Russia and China. Earlier this month Defense Secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that CFIUS needs to be updated to recognize Chinas interest in American technology. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that a self-employed consultant in Virginia was charged with espionage for providing classified documents to a Chinese agent.

The Hill reported yesterday afternoon that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) formally requested the Trump administrations legal justification for recent U.S. military action in Syria, including the downing of a Syrian jet and an Iranian-made drone operated by unspecified pro-Assad forces. The Pentagon justified its actions as self-defense while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford invoked the 2001 AUMF as the legal rationale, asserting that We are there and have legal justification and the authorization of use of military force. We are prosecuting a campaign against ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria.

Kuwait, acting as a mediator, has presented a list of demands to Qatar from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis in the region. The four Arab nations recently cut ties with Qatar, alleging Qatars support of terrorism. The Associated Press provides a look at the 13 demands.

In response to recent debate over an additional U.S. troop deployment to Afghanistan, Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada warned today that The more [the United States insists] on maintaining the presence of their forces here or want a surge of their forces, the more regional sensitivity against them will intensify. However, he also pledged constructive and good relations with you and the world once your illegitimate occupation of Afghanistan comes to an end.

Yesterday U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Michigan issued a 14-day stay of orders to deport around 100 Iraqi immigrants arrested by ICE agents, pending the Courts jurisdictional determination. Reuters reports that recent arrests of immigrants in Michigan were part of a coordinated roundup of 199 Iraqi immigrants around the country by ICE officials in recent weeks. Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union representing the Iraqis in Michigan asserted that the Courts decision may very well have saved numerous people from abuse and possible death, noting that many of the Iraqis are Chaldean Catholics who are widely recognized as targets of brutal persecution in Iraq.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a unanimous decision that the U.S. cannot revoke citizenship for minor misstatements during naturalization proceedings, the Times reports. Writing for the majority in Maslenjak v. United States, Justice Kagan stated that the government must establish that an illegal act by the defendant played some role in her acquisition of citizenship. Several justices expressed surprise at the governments hardline position on the issue when the case was argued in April.

Virtually undetectable malware that could cause far greater damage than WannaCry may have infected thousands of computers, possibly including those that control key infrastructure, the Timesreports. The cyber attackers use a combination of EternalBlue and DoublePulsarboth stolen NSA cyber toolsto get complete access to a system. It is a cyberattack the world isnt ready for, according to Golan Ben-Oni, one of the people who discovered it and has been trying to sound the alarm about its dangers.

The aviation industry may begin to consider innovations better able to handle cyberattacks, the Journal reports. While changes are likely far off, advocates say that more advanced systems that can detect and respond to threats in real time will be needed to ensure the security of aircraft.

 

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In a stunning revelation that should surprise no one with a basic understanding of spycraft, the German press can confirm: Berlin’s intelligence agencies have spent years spying on their American allies, despite Germany’s public outrage against Washington for doing likewise. From The Local Germany:

The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006.

These included telephone or fax numbers, as well as email addresses at the White House as well as the US finance and foreign ministries.

Other monitoring targets ranged from military institutions including the US Air Force or the Marine Corps, space agency NASA to civic group Human Rights Watch.

Countries with the capabilities to keep tabs on their allies do so; this is a basic reality of foreign intelligence-gathering. The revelation here is more significant for once again highlighting the hypocrisy of Berlin’s response to the 2013 NSA scandal. At the time, Angela Merkel indulged in hectoring lectures against Washington, insisting that “spying on friends is not acceptable at all.” Later, Germany kicked out a CIA official and conducted a politicized parliamentary inquiry into the matter, constantly inveighing against their perfidious allies in Washington—all while apparently staying up to similar tricks.

To be fair to Merkel, the specific revelations here only go up till 2006, when she was just starting out as Chancellor. But that hardly means that Berlin has turned its spies’ eyes away from the United States. In any case, Merkel must be crossing her fingers that this story doesn’t land on the President’s desk—he seems to be a little sensitive when it comes to surveillance.

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German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

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The chapter is only a few pages long, but it addresses a potentially explosive suspicion: Did Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spy on its most important partner, the United States, in the past?

For Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, the answer is clear. The BND has never spied on the United States, members of both the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their government coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats, are fond of saying, quoting former BND President Gerhard Schindler. And if it was true, then it was only a “coincidental capture” of data, that has since been deleted.

After three years of work, the German parliament committee of inquiry investigating NSA spying on Germany will release its final report next week. It will also contain a chapter drafted by the coalition on “findings about EU and NATO partners.” The committee, the draft version of the report states, had no doubts about the statements made about the U.S.

But it should.

Documents that SPIEGEL has been able to review show that the BND, until a few years ago, actually had considerable interest in the United States as a target of espionage. The document states that just under 4,000 search terms, or selectors, were directed against American targets between 1998 and 2006. It is unknown whether they continued to be used after those dates.

The German intelligence agency used the selectors to surveil telephone and fax numbers as well as email accounts belonging to American companies like Lockheed Martin, the space agency NASA, the organization Human Rights Watch, universities in several U.S. states and military facilities like the U.S. Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Defense Intelligence Agency, the secret service agency belonging to the American armed forces. Connection data from far over 100 foreign embassies in Washington, from institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Washington office of the Arab League were also accessed by the BND’s spies.

The entries also prove the existence of a top-secret anti-terror alliance between Western intelligence services, including those of Germany, the United States and France. SPIEGEL already reported back in 2005 on the elite unit, which is named Camolin. The papers now show several BND selectors were “Camolin-related.”

It’s Unlikely Spying Was Unintentional

Also on the selector list were lines at the U.S. Treasury Department, the State Department and the White House. Were they really all just “coincidental capture” as the former BND head claimed? Was it just an oversight?

That’s unlikely.

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency does not comment publicly on its operations. The BND’s current president, Bruno Kahl, who has been in office for just under a year, is only willing to point to the future. “The question of who the BND is permitted to surveil, and who it cannot, will not only be the subject of a stricter approval process in the future, but also more ambitious controls.”

It also remains unclear just how extensive was the U.S. data captured by the BND — or what it contained. But it does help to explain why the German government remained so reserved initially when revelations about the NSA’s spying first emerged. People either knew or likely suspected that their own service had been just as unscrupulous in monitoring its closest partners. In light of the documents, the efforts by the chancellor’s office to come to a so-called no-spying agreement with the Americans now appear to have been a farce. The truth is that the Germans were snooping far more extensively than they ever wanted to admit.

Originally, the parliamentary inquiry committee had been tasked with investigating cooperation between Germany’s BND and the NSA. The investigation was launched in response to the revelations about the NSA spying on Germany that were exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. But in October 2015, it emerged that the BND, even absent a request to do so from the U.S., had conducted extensive spying on its partners in the European Union and NATO. As the papers relating to the selectors show, nearly every foreign embassy in Berlin had been monitored. When the news emerged that the NSA had surveilled her own mobile phone, Angela Merkel said, “spying among friends, that simply isn’t done.” Looking back from today’s perspective, it’s clearly a hollow statement.

Spying on the British Library

But how forthcoming was the intelligence service with the members of parliament sitting on the inquiry committee? And what did their work achieve? Ultimately, the parties on the panel proved unable to agree. The closing report includes two different assessments — one from the coalition parties in government, and another from the opposition.

For their part, the Christian Democrats and the SPD claim that the new BND law passed recently “takes the correct and necessary action from the substantiated evidence, even before the end of the investigation.” But opposition parties claim that the new rules are insufficient and even go in the wrong direction.

And so it is that, after 134 meetings of the investigative committee, decisive questions remain unanswered. Questions such as why the BND, which is actually supposed to be hunting terrorists, weapons dealers and money-launderers, is so interested in academic institutions like the British Library. One of its lending sites had been on the list of surveillance targets since the early 2000s.

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German news weekly Der Spiegel reported on Thursday that it had received materials documenting German surveillance efforts aimed at a number of US businesses and government, including the White House.

The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, reportedly monitored email addresses at the White House with a list of some 4,000 selector keywords between 1998 and 2006.

Other targets included the US Department of State and Department of Treasury, as well as a number of defense agencies including the US Air Force and the Marine Corps, and the NASA space agency.

Hundreds of foreign embassies as well as international organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were reportedly not spared from being spied on either, the Spiegel said.

The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006.

Read more: Hans Leyendecker: ‘The BND has a life of its own’

Merkel: No spying among friends

The findings will likely prompt further embarrassment for the German government. Berlin reacted furiously when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents in 2013 showing widespread US spying, including the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Merkel famously said “spying among friends is not on.” However, she was forced to swallow those words when it later emerged that the BND had helped US intelligence spy on European allies.

BND making headlines again

While the BND refused to comment on the latest batch of leaked materials, its president, Bruno Kahl, did speak about the organization’s future operations and oversight.

“The question concerning who can scout the BND and who cannot does not just depend on increasing authorization for lawmakers, but also implementing an ambitious series of controls,” he said.

Angela Merkel with her phoneUnhappy about being spied on, Merkel later had to admit Germany also aided the NSA

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, has vowed to rein in the BND, approving a number of new measures and greater oversight over the body.

However, the German government has since been accused of gross negligence in failing to oversee the intelligence agency.

Merkel told a German NSA inquiry committee earlier this year that she knew nothing of the BND’s spying activities.

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Rather than cut engines, assess the damage and look for ways to assist, the Crystal quickly resumed its former course, steaming toward Tokyo harbor for a half-hour before suddenly executing a U-turn and returning to the crash site — as if the ship’s crew had belatedly realized what had happened.

Investigators have spent the past week surveying the damage, reviewing logs, recovering electronic records — a “black box” aboard the Crystal and stored radar data from the Fitzgerald — and interviewing crew members. There should also be an audio recording from the bridge of the destroyer, like the harrowing tape of a 2012 collision between a different destroyer, the Porter, and an oil tanker, in which no one was injured.

Under strict orders not to talk about what they saw that night, the crew of the Fitzgerald is mostly keeping its counsel while grieving the loss of its shipmates. But one sailor, contacted via social media, offered what may endure as an epitaph for the accident.

“All I can say is,” the sailor wrote to The New York Times, “somebody wasn’t paying attention.”

On Friday, Rear Adm. Brian Fort, a veteran warship commander, was ordered to lead the Navy’s main investigation of the collision. The multiple investigations now underway — two by the Navy, one by the United States Coast Guard, others by the Japanese Coast Guard and the Crystal’s insurers — will probably provide answers. But even if the Crystal crew was asleep, Navy veterans say the far more maneuverable Fitzgerald will likely bear much of the blame.

“This is the kind of thing the Navy is brutally honest about,” said Bryan McGrath, who commanded a destroyer in the Atlantic from 2004 to 2006. “To the extent that the Fitzgerald did anything wrong, we’ll find out all about it, and there will be consequences.”

The two ships now sit in ports a short drive apart on the coast south of Tokyo, the 9,000-ton, $1.5 billion Fitzgerald at Yokosuka naval base, its home port, and the 29,000-ton Crystal at Yokohama.

The Fitzgerald has a section of its starboard side caved in, where the Crystal smashed directly into Commander Benson’s stateroom, tearing it open and leaving him injured. Sailors had to bend back the door of his cabin to free him and get him inside the ship, the United States Naval Institute News reported. Beneath the water line, the container ship’s flared bow also tore a large gash in the destroyer’s hull, officials said.

As seawater poured in, some 116 crew members were asleep in two flooded berthing rooms. The ship’s radio room was damaged and much of its communications gear ruined or left without power. Sailors fought the flooding for an hour before sending out distress calls, the institute said.

The bodies of the seven men who died were recovered by divers from flooded spaces sealed off to keep the ship from foundering, a wrenching decision by officers in the chaotic aftermath of the crash.

There are many signs that the Fitzgerald had almost no warning of the approaching collision: the fact that the captain was in his cabin and that no shipwide alarm had rousted sailors from their bunks. “As to how much warning they had, I don’t know,” said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Seventh Fleet, at a news conference on Sunday. “That’s going to have to be found out during the investigation.”

Less is known about what happened aboard the Crystal, which had been chartered by a Japanese company to bring cargo from Nagoya, on Japan’s central coast, to Tokyo. Manned by a Filipino crew, it was far less damaged than the Fitzgerald. On Wednesday afternoon, a large blue tarp hung from a gash in the front of the ship, large scratches were visible on the port side and a section of the bow was crumpled.

Darrell Wilson, a spokesman for Dainichi-Invest Corporation, the Crystal’s owner, said the company “wishes to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who so tragically lost their lives on the U.S.S. Fitzgerald.” He declined to comment on whether anyone was awake in the pilot house of the container ship at the time of the collision.

Steffan Watkins, an information technology security consultant who writes for Janes Intelligence on ship tracking, said the path of the Crystal, as posted from its Automatic Identification System, “looks like an automated course.” Instead of stopping so the crew could investigate what had just happened, the ship corrected its course and “kept accelerating” toward Tokyo, he said.

“It looks very much like the computer was driving,” he said.

But the fact that after more than 30 minutes the Crystal reversed course and returned to the accident scene suggests the captain or crew took control of the ship from the autopilot, Mr. Watkins said. “It took them 55 minutes to get back to the spot of the collision, and that’s when they called the Japanese Coast Guard,” he said.

Whether the investigations will confirm the informed speculation of Mr. Watkins remains to be seen. But a number of Navy veterans who joined a lively online debate said that even the most distracted performance by the Crystal’s crew could not justify or explain the Fitzgerald’s failure to get out its way.

“It looks horrible,” said Gary E. Meyer, owner of a tech company in New Jersey, who served on the Navy ship San Diego and posted a YouTube commentary on the accident that got much attention. “You have three lookouts and you’re running radar,” Mr. Meyer said. “That ship can really accelerate and maneuver. It doesn’t mean they caused the collision, but they’re at fault for not avoiding it.”

Steven M. Morawiec, of Sparta, Wis., who spent 22 years in the Navy and many times took charge of his ship at night as the officer of the deck, said the failure to summon the captain was incomprehensible.

“On my ship, if another ship was expected to get within 4,000 yards, you had to have the captain there beside you,” he said. “If you didn’t wake the captain when you were supposed to, you were toast.”

The families of those who perished aboard the Fitzgerald wait for anything that can explain their loss. The bodies are now in the United States and the Navy is conducting autopsies, making funerals hard to plan, said Aly Hernandez-Singer, a cousin of Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Tex. Bewildered relatives are grasping at rumors.

“Something ain’t right about what they’re saying,” said Stanley Rehm, the uncle of one of the dead, Fire Controlman First Class Gary Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio, whose heroic efforts to rescue others have inspired an online petition to name a destroyer after him. “We got to get to the bottom of this.”

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Evidence mounts Russia meddled in US election

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It was September 2015 when the FBI first noticed that Russian hackers had infiltrated a computer system belonging to the Democratic National Committee.

It was the first sign that Moscow was attempting to meddle in the presidential election.

Nearly a year later, further reporting and testimony from current and former intelligence officials have painted a portrait of Russia’s election interference as a multifaceted, well-planned, and coordinated campaign aimed at undermining the backbone of American democracy: free and fair elections.

Now, as FBI special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional intelligence committees continue to investigate Russia’s election interference, evidence is emerging that the hacking and disinformation campaign waged at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin took at least four separate but related paths.

The first involved establishing personal contact with Americans perceived as sympathetic to Moscow — such as former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and early Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page — and using them as a means to further Russia’s foreign-policy goals.

The second involved hacking the Democratic National Committee email servers and then giving the material to WikiLeaks, which leaked the emails in batches throughout the second half of 2016.

The third was to amplify the propaganda value of the leaked emails with a disinformation campaign waged predominantly on Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to use automated bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump agitprop.

And the fourth was to breach US voting systems in as many as 39 states leading up to the election, in an effort to steal registration data that officials say could be used to target and manipulate voters in future elections.

[Un]witting agents

AP_17157670241072James Comey. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in March, two months before he was fired, that the bureau was investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. That probe included an examination of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to undermine Hillary Clinton, Comey testified at the time.

Restrictions on disclosing classified information in an open setting precluded Comey from naming names; but reports surfaced before he testified that certain members of Trump’s campaign had communicated with Russian officials in ways that raised red flags.

Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Jared Kushner, and Roger Stone were among those being looked at by federal investigators, reports said, amid the FBI and congressional probes into whether any Trump associates acted as agents of the Kremlin, wittingly or not.

Flynn was forced to resign as national-security adviser in February after it emerged he had discussed US sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition period. The White House said Flynn resigned because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation with Kislyak.

It was later reported that the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, had warned the White House in January that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, because US intelligence knew Pence had publicly mischaracterized Flynn’s interactions with Kislyak.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, worked to advance Russian interests for over a decade. Beginning in 2004, Manafort served as a top adviser to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian strongman whom Manafort is widely credited with helping win the presidency in 2010. Between 2006 and 2009, Manafort was paid millions to lobby on behalf of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. AP reporter Jeff Horwitz told Fox News that Manafort was “a gun for hire” who was willing to work explicitly “on behalf of Russian interests.”

Carter Page, an early foreign-policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, has also become a subject of FBI and congressional investigations. His trip to Moscow in July 2016 raised red flags at the FBI, which was granted a warrant by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Page’s communications on suspicion that he was communicating with Russian officials.

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Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, became a subject of the investigation after US intelligence officials intercepted communications suggesting he had proposed setting up a secret backchannel to Moscow using Russian diplomatic facilities on US soil. Kushner met with both Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov in December and failed to disclose it on his security-clearance form.

And Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump, communicated with a self-described hacker, Guccifer 2.0, in August 2016 who US intelligence officials believe was a Russian prop.

Former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts told the Senate Intelligence Committee in May that the Trump campaign itself may have been an unwitting agent of Russia.

“Part of the reasons active measures have worked in the US election is because the commander-in-chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents,” Watts said, pointing to Manafort and Trump’s citations of fake-news stories pushed out by Russian-linked entities last year.

“[Trump] denies the intel from the United States about Russia, and he claimed the election could be rigged — that was the number one claim pushed by RT, Sputnik News, all the way up until the election,” Watts said. “Part of the reasons Russian active measures work is because they parrot the same lines.”

Indeed, the Trump transition team released a statement in December that appeared to cast doubt on the CIA’s findings that Russia had meddled in the election with the specific purpose of damaging Clinton’s candidacy and swinging voters towards Trump.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement said.

The DNC, WikiLeaks, and Guccifer 2.0

In July 2016, the Democratic National Committee announced that Russian hacking groups known as “Cozy Bear” and “Fancy Bear” had infiltrated its servers. The intrusions came after federal investigators warned the DNC in September 2015 that its servers had been breached, but the DNC failed to take action.

After gaining access to the DNC’s system in 2016, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear disseminated thousands of emails via hacker Guccifer 2.0, who leaked the information to WikiLeaks. US intelligence agencies believe Guccifer 2.0 was created by Fancy Bear, or a Russian organization affiliated with the group. WikiLeaks published the first batch of DNC emails on July 22, one day before the Democratic National Convention.

julian assangeWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during a January interview that the Russian government did not provide the hacked DNC emails to him. But US intelligence agencies believe WikiLeaks has become a Kremlin propaganda tool.

Cybersecurity experts at the intelligence firm ThreatConnect also linked Guccifer 2.0 back to Russia and concluded the hacker was the product of a Russian disinformation campaign. The New York Times reported in December that Guccifer 2.0 had also hacked into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and released the information to reporters covering competitive House districts.

A little over two months later, on October 7, WikiLeaks released a batch of emails from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s account. The hack of Podesta’s emails came after Trump confidant Roger Stone tweeted in August, “Trust me, it will soon the [sic] Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary”

WikiLeaks continued releasing Podesta’s emails and published nearly 60,000 messages leading up to Election Day. Podesta said after the initial breach that Russian intelligence was responsible.

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“A big difference to me in the past was, while there was cyberactivity, we never saw in previous presidential elections information being published on such a massive scale that had been illegally removed both from private individuals as well as organizations associated with the democratic process both inside the government and outside the government,” Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee in March.

It soon emerged that Russian hackers had also accessed the Republican National Committee’s servers and accounts belonging to Republican officials, but had chosen not to release the information. This development appeared to confirm intelligence findings that Russian meddling was done specifically to hurt Clinton and aid Trump.

The US intelligence community “is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement shortly after the first batch of Podesta’s emails were first leaked.

During a January hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee with other intelligence chiefs, Clapper reaffirmed that finding. “We stand more resolutely on that statement,” he said.

Fake news, trolls, botnets

In early January, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a declassified reportdocumenting the results of the investigation former President Barack Obama had requested into Russian election interference.

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The report said that while Russian operatives did not change vote tallies, Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an elaborate effort to propel Trump to the presidency — not only via hacking but also through the dissemination of “fake news” aimed at undermining Clinton and boosting Trump.

The Russians, Comey said in March, were also “unusually loud” in their intervention, leaving digital footprints on the DNC and John Podesta email hacks that were sloppy and easily linked back to the Kremlin.

Meanwhile, state-sponsored Russian news agencies like RT and Sputnik, openly backed Trump. And automated Twitter accounts — many of them linked to Russia and aided by professional trolls paid by the Kremlin — flooded the social-media platform with pro-Trump rhetoric and made-up news throughout the campaign and especially in the days leading up to the election.

The bots favored Trump by five-to-one, according to Sam Woolley of the Oxford Internet Institute’s computational propaganda institute.

Russian internet trolls — paid by the Kremlin to spread false information on the internet — have been behind a number of “highly coordinated campaigns” to deceive the American public, journalist Adrian Chen found when researching Russian troll factories in St. Petersburg in 2015.

It’s a brand of information warfare, known as “dezinformatsiya,” that has been used by the Russians since at least the Cold War. The disinformation campaigns are only one “active measure” tool used by Russian intelligence to “sow discord among,” and within, nations perceived as hostile to Russia.

From his interviews with former trolls employed by Russia, Chen gathered that the point of their jobs “was to weave propaganda seamlessly into what appeared to be the nonpolitical musings of an everyday person.

“Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history,” Chen wrote. “And its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.”

In a telling case study of how widespread and pervasive fake news was during the election, Oxford University researchers found that nearly half of the news Michigan voters were exposed to on Twitter leading up to Election Day was fake. They found that the proportion of “professional to junk news” was “roughly one-to-one,” and that “fully 46.5% of all content presented as news” about politics and the election fell under “the definition of propaganda” when unverified WikiLeaks content and Russian-origin news stories were factored in.

donald trumpPresident Trump. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

As many as 39 state-election systems targeted

In January, President-elect Trump issued a statement after he was briefed on the intelligence community’s classified report on Russia’s election interference.

“While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat [sic] National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.”

As it turns out, that was not entirely true.

Bloomberg reported in June that election systems in as many as 39 states could have been attacked, though voting tallies are not believed to have been altered or manipulated in any way.

“In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data,” Bloomberg said. “The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database.”

The report was bolstered by a leaked NSA document published by The Intercept earlier this month detailing how hackers connected to Russian military intelligence had attempted to breach US voting systems days before the election.

National-security experts were floored by the document and said it was the clearest evidence so far that Russia interfered in the election.

Department of Homeland Security official Jeanette Manfra confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 21 that Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states’ election systems in 2016, successfully exploiting a small number of networks and stealing voter registration data. Time reported on Thursday that the hackers successfully altered voter information in at least one election database and stole thousands of voter records containing private information like Social Security numbers.

The exposure of that data has left upcoming elections vulnerable to manipulation. Virginia and New Jersey will hold gubernatorial elections later this year, and all 435 seats in the House and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested in the 2018 midterm elections.

Putin has consistently denied the Kremlin had anything to do with the hacking or disinformation campaigns waged in 2016 to bolster Trump and hurt Clinton. But he acknowledged a potential Russian role for the first time earlier this month when he said that “patriotically minded” Russian citizens might have taken it upon themselves “to fight against those who say bad things about Russia.”

Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller: White House

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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel investigating charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, even though he questioned the official’s impartiality in an interview, the White House said on Friday.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that while Trump “retains the authority” to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller, “he has no intention of doing that.”

Trump voiced concern in a TV interview on Fox News on Friday about what he said was the close relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and Mueller, who was named to take over the Russia investigation after Trump fired Comey.

“He’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome,” Trump told Fox News. “Look, there has been no obstruction. There has been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Lawmakers investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election have raised questions about whether Comey’s May 9 firing was an attempt by Trump to stop the Russia probe.

While White House officials have said the firing was due to concerns about Comey’s actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump told an interviewer the Russia investigation was one of his concerns in taking the action.

But the president insists his campaign did not collude with Russia and that his firing of Comey did not obstruct justice.

“There’s been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that,” Trump told Fox, adding that Mueller “is an honorable man and hopefully he’ll come up with an honorable solution.”

Russia denies it meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

In excerpts from a separate interview, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for inaction in the face of Russian meddling.

“Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it,” Trump said, according to excerpts from a Fox News interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

In congressional testimony on Wednesday, Jeh Johnson, who headed the Homeland Security Department under Obama, said his department had warned about hacking into voter databases.

When asked why the Obama administration did not do more to warn the public, he said: “We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by the Washington Newsroom; Editing by Paul Simao and Cynthia Osterman)

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