Top US Intel Officials: Russia Bent on Influencing US Midterm Elections

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"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives that its past efforts have been successful and views the 2018 midterm USA elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations", Coats, the nation's top spy, said on Tuesday.

"Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against United States and our European allies by using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy", Coats said in an arraignment on Senate Intelligence Committee Along with or leaders of espionage agencies.

In same line, Coats warned: "We hope that Russian Federation will continue to use propaganda, false people, simpatéticos spokesmen and or means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in U.S.".

The government's top intelligence officials say Russian Federation will likely reprise its election meddling in the upcoming midterms-and that President Donald Trump has not told them to take any specific action to stop Kremlin interference.

President Donald Trump is facing sharp criticism for failing to act decisively to head off potential attempts by Russian Federation to interfere in the upcoming USA midterm elections.

"This is not going to change or stop", National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said at the hearing.

"We've seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here", he said.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed the reports about his apprehension over Devin Nunes' FISA memo.

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"Decision time is becoming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this", Coats said on Tuesday.

"There's no single agency in charge" of blocking potential Russian meddling in this year's U.S. midterm elections, America's top spy told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday.

But Sen. Angus King, a ME independent who caucuses with Democrats, argued that Trump's refusal to acknowledge Russia's role in 2016 makes collective federal action impossible. She stated that she did not believe they had interfered with the election results, but she said that they had gained access.

Trump has been skeptical about the intelligence assessment that Russian Federation meddled ever since he was first briefed on the issue during the presidential transition.

Without directly criticising Trump's "America First" foreign policy, Coats said, "US allies' and partners' uncertainty about the willingness and capability of the United States to maintain its global commitments may drive them to consider reorienting their policies, particularly regarding trade, away from Washington". Coats said foreign governments, terrorist groups, criminal organizations and individuals "are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States".

In Germany's election last September, public discussion of a feared Russian cyber campaign, and an agreement among political parties not to exploit information gathered in cyber attacks - an accord unlikely to be replicated in the United States - appeared to help inoculate the country against outside meddling.

Beyond the US media and political space, the document asserts that the Moscow is particularly focused on such former Soviet republics as Ukraine, with a desire to counter "efforts by Washington and its allies "efforts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet states into European institutions".

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