A Republican lawmaker sent a letter Tuesday to FBI Director Chris Wray pressing for answers on whether national security was jeopardized by a staff member at a state office for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who was found to have been a Chinese spy.

“A Republican lawmaker sent a letter Tuesday to FBI Director Chris Wray pressing for answers on whether national security was jeopardized by a staff member at a state office for Sen” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who was found to have been a Chinese spy. “While we know that the FBI approached Senator Feinstein five years ago to inform her of this threat, right now there are more questions than answers regarding this case,” Rep.Jim Banks, R-Ind., wrote to Wray. “The American people have a right to know whether classified…

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Security flaws in ZTE phones mean they can be hacked to spy on users 

“Smartphones sold by Chinese technology company ZTE are vulnerable to cyberattacks because of a series of security flaws that could let hackers read emails and messages, it has been reported” writes James Cook for telegraph.co.uk. Fifth Domain reports that research into security flaws in smartphones that was funded by the US Department of Homeland Security found that the phones were released with vulnerabilities that could give hackers access to the devices. The full research into the flaws is expected to be announced at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las…

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Russia likens US sanctions to economic war — and threatens response ‘by other means’

“And it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means” writes Alexander Zemlianichenko for cnbc.com. Skripal, a former Russian spy who became a double agent for the U.K., fell into critical condition after being poisoned in Britain on March 4.Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reportedly warned the U.S. on Friday that sanctions it plans to impose against Moscow over the nerve-agent attack of a former spy living in Britain could be treated as a declaration of an economic…

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US Says Russia Was Behind Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack, And Will Impose Sanctions

“The Guardian this week reported the Government is set to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack” writes Night News Editor for huffingtonpost.com. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, in Salisbury in March.The US has said Russia used a chemical weapon to try to assassinate ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, and it is to impose new sanctions.Since the March attack, two other British nationals with no ties to Russia…

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U.S. to Issue New Sanctions on Russia Over Spy Poisoning

“The sanctions arise from a March 4 incident when Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter were nearly poisoned to death with a rare and toxic nerve agent” reports nytimes.com. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it would soon impose new sanctions on Russia to punish Moscow for violating American and international laws by attempting to assassinate a former Russian spy living in England using a nerve agent. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Devin Nunes rips FBI for treating Trump campaign probe ‘drastically’ different from alleged Feinstein spy situation

“The FBI did not provide a comment to Fox News on why Trump was not given a defensive briefing when the investigation began” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was briefed amid concerns that one of her staff members was possibly working as a Chinese spy. “Providing a defensive briefing, like the one given to Sen. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina socialized with Trump associate in weeks before election

“Maria Butina, the alleged Russian spy indicted last month on charges of conspiring against the U.S., exchanged emails and attended social events with a former Trump campaign aide in the final weeks before Election Day, according to a new report” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Both Gordon and Butina’s lawyer said the interactions were not romantic, and the pair did not have further contact after the birthday party.GOP operative Paul Erickson, who had a romantic relationship with Butina, later connected them via email. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Suspected Russian spy worked at US Embassy in Moscow: Report

“The statement continued that at no time were foreign service nationals in a position to obtain national security information” reports washingtonexaminer.com. A woman suspected to be a Russian spy worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and had access to highly sensitive information for more than a decade before she was quietly let go in 2017, according to a report.The Russian national, who was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service, had access to the agency’s intranet and emails — including presidential and vice presidential schedules — until a periodic U.S.…

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Accused Russian spy Maria Butina met with the head of a Russian cultural organization under intelligence scrutiny for being involved in espionage, according to a new report from Politico.

“Accused Russian spy Maria Butina met with the head of a Russian cultural organization under intelligence scrutiny for being involved in espionage, according to a new report from Politico” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Butina was arrested earlier this month and indicted on charges of conspiracy against the U.S. and acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian government.She allegedly was in regular contact with Russian intelligence agency FSB, which replaced the Soviet-era KGB, and is accused of The 29-year-old was in the U.S. on a student visa, studying at American University. Source:…

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The Spy Who Drove Me

“Now she was the redheaded Russian spy, and I felt like an idiot for missing her now obvious connections to the Kremlin” writes Julia Ioffe for gq.com. The people I thought might be Russian intelligence I just kept at a slight distance, and didn’t think much about.At the Aspen Security Forum, I was marooned in the mountains with people who never used public Wi-Fi, who seemed to be able to spot a Russian spy before he opened his mouth—and that was just the journalists. Source: gq.com Share This:

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