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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Russian interference threatens again

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Russian citizens use cybernetic intelligence as a tool because it is relatively inexpensive, low risk and proven to be efficient to sow discord. However, they have not been able to break the American government or make it hesitate. Regarding North Korea, another potential rival country, Coats said that its leader Kim Jong continues to show its instability and provocative nature, which makes Pyongyang's nuclear program more threatening. This is, without a doubt, a threat, an existential problem, potentially for the United States but also for North Korea. However, the official reaffirmed that his goal is a peaceful solution. We are using maximum pressure on North Korea, in various ways.

US intelligence leaders on Tuesday expressed their conviction that Russia's continued interference poses a threat to this year's legislative elections in the United States. They also asserted that North Korea's nuclear program is an existential threat to the United States and that time is running out for Washington to respond to that danger. In a hearing on the Senate Intelligence Committee about the most urgent threats hanging over the country, the National Intelligence Director, Daniel Coats, and the chiefs of the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and two other intelligence agencies agreed in that Moscow's efforts to intervene in US politics are as intense now as they were for the 2016 presidential election.

According to Coats, midterm elections in the United States are a potential target for Russian influence operations. Russian interference remained among the main topics of the meeting and all those in attendance reaffirmed the validity of an intelligence report released last year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and agreed that indications meant that it may return to take place in this year's legislative elections.

As stated by Coats, throughout the intelligence community we have not seen any sign of any significant change from last year. However, there should be no doubt that Russia perceived its previous efforts as successful and sees a potential target in the mid-term elections. For his part, the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, confirmed in turn that they have seen Russian activity and intentions to generate an impact in the next US electoral cycle. US agencies concluded last year that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been at the forefront of a broad intelligence effort to favor the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and undermine the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Trump has rejected the idea that the Russians favored his election. An investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller investigates the alleged interference by Moscow in the 2016 elections. Meanwhile, a lot of information has emerged about Russia's use of social networks to influence the American political debate.

The US Treasury Department last month announced a round of sanctions against 21 individuals and 9 entities from Russia and Ukraine, including Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Andrey Cherezov, for their activities in the Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. The US government is committed to maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and targeting those who want to undermine the Minsk peace agreements, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. In any possible way, the relations between both countries continue filing several asperities. Will they achieve it?