Intelligence chiefs deliver warning on Russia

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Intelligence chiefs deliver warning on Russia

"At a minimum, we expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States", he said.

Committee chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the panel was near completion of its Russian Federation inquiry and hoped to make public some findings before this year's midterm voting. The earliest primary elections will be held March 6.

Last month, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo said North Korea could be only "a handful of months" away from being able to launch a nuclear attack on the US.

Mr Coats and Mr Wray spoke alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

From mid-2015 until the presidential election, the disinformation targeted Confederate flag sympathizers and tea party activists on the right and Black Lives Matter campaigners on the left.

"Let me say again, the encouraging word is that it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence community that there was no impact on the outcome of the 2016 election from any foreign meddling in our elections", Pence said.

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, described a "much more deliberate effort" in terms of readiness from Kim as opposed to his father.

USA intelligence concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which has led to the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign connections.

"My problem is I talk to people in Maine who say the whole thing is a witch hunt and a hoax because "the President told me", he added.

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Mr. Trump isn't completely oblivious about Russian Federation, of course.

"I participated in the assessment".

The director said that he'd seen no evidence of inherent political bias in the bureau and that he thinks the bureau's employees can weather the storm.

Coats noted that "throughout the entire community, we have not seen any evidence of any significant change from previous year".

Concern about Russian meddling in elections runs across all 29 member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, he said.

"Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against United States interests", he said. "This is pervasive. The Russians have a strategy that goes well beyond what's happening here in the United States".

The report singled out Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as posing the greatest cyber threats to the U.S.

He stressed that "As it acquires USA firms, and technology, and intellectual property, as well as the know-how to put it to use, the risk is that the Chinese government, which has its tentacles not just in state-owned Chinese companies, but also in so-called private Chinese firms, that it will get its hands on these capabilities and use them against us". "Frankly, the United States is under attack".

Russian interference in the upcoming elections is part of its pursuit of bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, according to a new intelligence report on global threats.

Russian hackers targeted the election systems of 21 U.S. states.

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