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Documents used to wiretap Trump ex-adviser Carter Page disclosed

“The application shows the FBI told the court it believed the person who hired Steele was looking for dirt to discredit Trump” writes Charlie Savage for seattletimes.com. But the length of the applications grew significantly each time, indicating that new information was being added: They were 66 pages, 79 pages, 91 pages and 101 pages, respectively. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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FBI releases documents on former Trump adviser surveillance

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday released documents related to the surveillance of former Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page as part of a probe into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 U.S. election” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. It added Page “has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers.”.  Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Robert Mueller is waging more than a legal battle — it’s an information war

“A copy of the grand jury indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation” writes Foreign Policy for businessinsider.com. Mueller’s indictment demonstrates how democracies can respond to the nonstop stream of conspiracy theories and allegations generated by Russian political warfare operations. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The Trouble With Brennan & Clapper’s Political War vs. Trump

“The political war being waged against President Trump is both despicable and effective” reports realclearpolitics.com. The central campaign in this political war has been to pit Trump against the intelligence community.This political war is far from over.The indictments gave lie to the assertion that the Justice Department and the intelligence community are not political. Source: realclearpolitics.com Share This:

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China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US, top CIA expert says

“I would argue … that what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war — a cold war not like we saw during THE Cold War (between the U.S. and the Soviet Union) but a cold war by definition,” Michael Collins, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s East Asia mission center, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado” writes Andy Wong for cnbc.com. China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading…

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Microsoft stops a Russian attempt at hacking 2018 midterm elections

“Less than a week after the United States government charged 12 Russian officers for hacking in the 2016 presidential election, Microsoft is accusing the same Russian intelligence agency of using a phishing scheme to hack at least three additional candidates in the 2018 midterm election” writes Mark Coppock for digitaltrends.com. Similar to the discovery of Russian-linked hacking on the 2018 elections, Microsoft’s security team found that spoofed domains were used in the 2016 election hacks. Source: digitaltrends.com Share This:

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They were used only when very necessary, says Downing Street

“Downing Street has defended the use of child spies by British police and intelligence agencies in operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, saying this happened very rarely and only when it was considered vital to do so” writes Peter Walker for theguardian.com. Some of the child spies are under 16, the committee said, adding that it was worried about proposals to extend from one month to four the period of time between each occasion child spies go through a reregistration process.Asked about the committee’s concerns, May’s spokeswoman said: “Juvenile…

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Trump doubles down on meetings with despots — and it’s rocking the US government to its core

“North Korea, thereby, has succeeded in the same way Russia has, by pitting Trump against his own intelligence services” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. Similarly, Trump accepted a vague, non-binding agreement from Kim to denuclearize, which again pinned his confidence on his personal trust in the North Korean leader. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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US to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

“Rosenstein cautioned that the department’s ability to disclose foreign operations could be hampered by concerns about protecting intelligence sources and methods” writes Kevin Lamarque for cnbc.com. The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia’s alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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