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plans for disclosing foreign electoral interference ; promises no ' partisan politics '. According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence , the intelligence community ’s top Critically, it says, “ Partisan politics shall not play a role in the decision to provide notifications.” effort to counter such interference in the future, despite the intelligence community ’s confidence in its success
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WASHINGTON — On Friday afternoon, almost a year before the 2020 presidential election, the intelligence community published new guidelines outlining how officials will decide how and when to notify potential victims of foreign interference in U.S. elections.
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the intelligence community’s top agency in charge of coordinating information sharing between its 17 members, the new framework will “supplement” existing laws on victim notification and aim to “protect the American people” and “secure the integrity of our elections” by more quickly making information about threats available.
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The Electoral Legislation Amendment ( Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, which has yet to be passed, would ban foreign political donations along with The laws come at a time when governments worldwide are considering how to combat foreign interference in domestic politics .
The U.S. must establish policies that can protect its electoral system and respond to foreign actors Neither Obama nor any future president can respond to interference in our election without The United States intelligence community —all 17 agencies—has concluded that Russia interfered with
President Trump approved the new framework on Halloween, a senior intelligence official told journalists in a phone call Friday afternoon.
The new guidelines aim to create a clear path to disclosing sensitive information about specific threats to the owners and operators of election infrastructure, to targets of interference, to other “affected entities,” to Congress or to the American people, according to a written overview of the new policy by the ODNI. Critically, it says, “Partisan politics shall not play a role in the decision to provide notifications.”
The explicit guidance on partisan politics comes after several years of contentious debate about the 2016 presidential election, which saw widespread Russian interference targeting then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Prior to the election, the Obama administration was fearful that public disclosure about Russian meddling might lead critics to conclude the White House was acting to help Clinton.
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Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova described the indictment Friday as "DOJ statement and indictments reveal the extent and motivations of Russian interference in 2016 Robby Mook, Clinton's former campaign manager, tweeted: "The intelligence community has repeatedly
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The new guidelines, however, are designed to address those concerns and enable the prompt disclosure of information.
“There is an agreed-upon sense of urgency,” said the senior intelligence official on the press call on Friday. “There is really a sense of urgency to operationalize this information as quickly as possible.”
Those disclosures might be private, intended only for the targets, or public, intended to inform the general population. For example, if two local counties were victims of a specific cyberattack and were notified by the FBI, the framework would allow the government to have another avenue to warn other potential targets, such as a higher-ranking state election official, without necessarily disclosing the specific details about the original victim, who might prefer to maintain anonymity. Additionally, it would allow intelligence officials to release a public statement or brief journalists on a specific threat to elections, like a social media disinformation campaign, in order to broadly warn the American public.
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The most important work the intelligence community has done, according to current and former That includes penetrating foreign networks and other kinds of spying they do. And they are doing Mr. Coats has said the intelligence agencies and White House consider threats to the electoral system a
“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election , the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have
Following the 2016 presidential election, the intelligence community took the rare step ofits belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his intelligence agencies to wage an “influence campaign in 2016” designed to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”
That campaign consisted of disinformation spread across social media by humans and bots, the hacking and dumping of politicians’ private emails and files, and, finally, probing outdated voting infrastructure for potential vulnerabilities. In a sign of how seriously it takes these kinds of threats, the intelligence community ultimately decided publishing sensitive details about Russia’s efforts was worth the risk of potentially exposing one of its top spies in Russia, andto extract him and his family and relocate them to the Washington area, where he was later discovered by the press and moved again.
However, President Trump has consistently undercut the intelligence agencies’ conclusions about Russian interference, drawing criticism that a lack of leadership from the top has failed to support an organized effort to counter such interference in the future, despite the intelligence community’s confidence in its success defending the midterm elections from attack.
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The US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" to harm Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the 2016 election . The reported determined with "high confidence" that Russia's interference helped Donald Trump.
Those elections in 2018 were not expected to be as significant of a target, and with a contentious presidential cycle looming, the threats from not only Russia but also China, Iran and other adversaries are ongoing and increasing, according toand from intelligence officials.
New departments and agencies have sprung up in the wake of 2016, including the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and ODNI’s new central election security office led by Shelby Pierson. While those offices have made herculean efforts to connect governmentwide efforts to defend the elections and offer training and assistance to state and local officials, some worry gaps remain, including the lack of authority to mandate specific cybersecurity standards for both elections and politicians.
The guidelines describe some of the necessary factors to consider before disclosing new information.
Decisions to disclose information will factor in the need to “protect sensitive sources and methods,” consider whether disclosure will actually deter or rather draw unwanted attention to the meddling, and determine whether exposure might revictimize targets.
Did Russia meddle in 2016 Brexit vote? In election season, dismay over delayed report
LONDON - As a historic impeachment drama plays out in Washington, a political saga with some odd parallels is taking place across the Atlantic. Britain is in the midst of a divisive national election campaign that is roiled by questions about Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with potentially inflammatory implications for the upcoming balloting Dec. 12. A cross-party British Britain is in the midst of a divisive national election campaign that is roiled by questions about Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with potentially inflammatory implications for the upcoming balloting Dec. 12.
The American electoral election process, the machinery, the Election Day manpower, the actual counting and reporting, primarily is a local and State responsibility. And in many states, including my own, we have a very decentralized approach, which can be both a strength and a weakness.
Clinton campaign supports briefing Electoral College on Russian interference . In their letter to Clapper, the electors wrote that they want information from the intelligence community about “whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will be in charge of the foreign interference disclosures. The FBI, as the nation’s top law enforcement agency, is responsible for notifying victims of crimes in the United States, and, following the 2016 presidential election, formed its own task force focused on “combating foreign influence.” The FBI already notifies victims of computer intrusions or “other criminal activity” that might harm a campaign.
According to the new framework, the U.S. Secret Service, which employs many of its own cybersecurity experts who typically investigate digital financial crime, will be notified of any attempts to target presidential and vice presidential candidates, their teams and any events they attend or host, though not candidates not already receiving Secret Service support.
The process will not replace, but rather complement, the FBI’s preexisting relationships with technology companies and campaigns to share information about foreign threats, according to a senior law enforcement official speaking on the press call on Friday.
The senior official also revealed that the FBI has already been providing “defensive” briefings for presidential campaigns ahead of 2020.
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The widow of a Russian dissident murdered in London plans to challenge a decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government not to publish a report on alleged Russian meddling in Britain, a lawyer representing the widow said. © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Marina Litvinenko, widow of former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko, speaks during an interview with Reuters in London Marina Litvinenko, whose husband Alexander, a former KGB agent, was murdered with a radioactive isotope in 2006, sent Johnson a letter on Wednesday saying she planned to take legal action, lawyer Elena Tsirlina said.