The Intelligence chiefs are concerned that Russia is planning on disrupting the 2018 midterms. Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, says Russia feels like their last attempts to meddle in our elections was a success.
abcnews.go.com reports: The head of U.S. intelligence told Congress Tuesday that Russia, just as it did in the 2016 presidential election, is determined to meddle in the 2018 midterms in order “to undermine democracy, sew discord and undermine our values.”
Officials tell ABC News that the Russians plan not only to use social media to sow discord through “fake news” but are probing state election systems to see if they can be infiltrated.
"We’ve seen some activity (directed) at state elected officials that were attempts to electronically to search those individuals," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told ABC News. "So we assume that there’s still the intent and we certainly know there’s the capability."
Top Senate Democrat Has Been Exposed Texting Russian Oligarch!
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has been exposed texting a Russian oligarch to set up a meeting to obtain false information on President Trump.
According to a report Thursday, the top Democrat investigating the “Russia Narrative” was attempting to reach out to the lobbyist representing a Russian oligarch in an effort to secure a meeting with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.
A FOX News report cited text messages it received from a Republican source on the Senate Intelligence Committee that Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) exchanged messages with lobbyist Adam Waldman early last year. It was clear from the messages that the ranking Democrat was working on his own, and was being careful to keep his actions secret.
Waldman, who has ties to both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was working for Oleg Deripraska. The Russian oligarch lost his U.S. visa over claims he was engaged in organized crime, which he denies, but was also reportedly in communications with Manafort, who promised access to the Trump administration.
Warner and Waldman’s communications were focused mainly on securing a meeting with Steele, author of the dossier on the president.
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BREAKING: U.S. Spies Paid Russian for Allleged Dirt on Trump!
U.S. spies paid out $100,000 to a Russian trying to sell material on President Trump.
The un-named Russian was also selling stolen cyberweapons.
nytimes.com reports: BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.
The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.
Several American intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian — who was suspected of having murky ties to Russian intelligence and to Eastern European cybercriminals. He claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia. But instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data.
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