Category: <span>Russia</span>

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Former Officials Say Haspel Tailors CIA Intelligence to Suit Trump

Former Officials Say Haspel Tailors CIA Intelligence to Suit Trump

Gina Haspel shows signs of shaping intelligence to avoid offending the President, former officials tell Politico. I’ve long been watching Haspel’s MAGA tendencies: praising Trump as a consumer of intelligence and applauding his attack on sanctuary cities in his State of the Uniion Address. Nine current and former officials said in interviews that CIA Director...

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Democrats Call for Declassifying ‘Outside Threats’ after Briefing by Trump Officials 

Democrats Call for Declassifying ‘Outside Threats’ after Briefing by Trump Officials 

The committee was briefed by Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, and Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, on the Pentagon’s cybersecurity efforts to secure the Nov. 3 election. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Armed...

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Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Flag by Jasper Johns (Credit:Museum of Modern Art)If the past is prologue, this type of direct interference could take several forms. One option for Russia would be to try to ensure Trump’s victory. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security in 2016, recounted in Rigged that he worried Russia “could screw around with voter registration lists...

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Inherit the ‘Whirlwind’: A Podcast on Russian Political Warfare

Inherit the ‘Whirlwind’: A Podcast on Russian Political Warfare

The docuseries project builds on Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner’s new book, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare: 1945-2020. Weiner wrote and hosts the show, which over 10 episodes will feature interviews with former CIA directors Robert Gates, John Brennan and Leon Panetta, former KGB officers Alexander Vassiliev and Oleg Kalugin...

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Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Some journalists on the left like Aaron Mate and Dan Lazare tell me that the charges of Russian interference in U.S. politics are a “hoax” or “don’t really matter.” While I share their opposition to a new Cold War with Russia,  that does not require averting one’s eyes from the record of Yevgeny Prigozhin, international...