Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained 'duplicitous relationship' with political operative

  1. Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained ‘duplicitous relationship’ with political operative  Yahoo News
  2. Top Intel Dem: GOP wouldn’t let us question Russian operative because it might ‘tarnish’ NRA  The Hill
  3. Who is Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of spying on US?  Fox News
  4. Maria Butina is the ‘spy’ the Trump administration asked for: Talker  USA TODAY
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Rosenstein: Russian attack on 2016 election 'one tree in a growing forest' of cyber activity

  1. Rosenstein: Russian attack on 2016 election ‘one tree in a growing forest’ of cyber activity  CNN
  2. Justice Department will now notify public of foreign election hacking  Washington Times
  3. Justice Department details new efforts to combat foreign influence cyberattacks  Washington Examiner
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CIA 'had source close to Putin' and told Donald Trump that Russian leader ordered election hacking 

CIA 'had source close to Putin' and told Donald Trump that Russian leader ordered election hacking The CIA had a top secret informant close to Vladimir Putin who confirmed the Russian president’s personal involvement in hacking the 2016 US election, it has been claimed. According to the New York Times the source was giving information to the CIA during the Obama administration. The information, and the source, were reportedly considered so sensitive that John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, gave details to Mr Obama in an envelope, separate from the daily presidential intelligence briefing that is delivered in the Oval Office, the New York Times reported. Mr Brennan, accompanied by the head of the National Security Agency and Mr Obama’s director of national intelligence, were said to have briefed Donald Trump on the information in a meeting at Trump Tower two weeks before his inauguration. Despite having been told about the source confirming Mr Putin’s personal involvement Mr Trump went on to repeatedly question whether Russia interfered in the election. At a joint press conference with Mr Putin in Helsinki on Monday he declined to blame the Russian president. It was unclear whether Mr Trump knew the identity of America’s Russian source, or what details of the person intelligence chiefs had given him at the Trump Tower meeting. At the Helsinki news conference with Putin the US president was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Mr Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.  Mr Trump and Mr Putin in Helsinki Credit: AFP On Wednesday he was asked in Washington whether he believed Russia is currently targeting US elections and replied “No”. The White House later said his answer had been misconstrued. On Thursday Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward to a second meeting with Mr Putin. The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear……..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018 James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Mr Obama, who was present when Mr Trump was briefed on Mr Putin’s personal involvement, said the incoming president had listened with “some scepticism.” Mr Clapper told CNN: “I do think there was scepticism from the get-go, from that day to this day, that indicated that anything that attacked the legitimacy, or questioned the legitimacy, of now-President Trump’s election, he just couldn’t get his head around.” The former intelligence chief added: “More and more I come to a conclusion after the Helsinki performance and since, that I really do wonder if the Russians have something on him.” Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator, acknowledged on Thursday that Mr Trump has had a “bad week” on Russia. He said: “I think it’s imperative that he understand that he’s misjudging Putin.” In a separate development the White House announced Mr Trump had rejected a proposal, made by Mr Putin in Helsinki, that Russian investigators be allowed to question US citizens. Those citizens included Michael McFaul, the former US ambassador to Moscow, who the Kremlin accuses of “illegal activities”. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said on Wednesday that the idea was being considered. That sparked a widespread backlash, including from Mr McFaul who called it “crazy”. On Thursday Mrs Sanders said: “It is a proposal made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.” 

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White House, Following Backlash, Rules Out Russian Interrogation of Americans

  1. White House, Following Backlash, Rules Out Russian Interrogation of Americans  NPR
  2. White House now says Trump disagrees with Russian request to question US diplomat
  3. Senior Army General Says He Has ‘No New Guidance’ About Trump-Putin Summit  Wall Street Journal
  4. Trump and Russia used race and racism to divide America. But we can fix this.  USA TODAY
  5. White House says Trump disagrees with Putin proposal to hand over Americans  Politico
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Salvage of century-old Russian warship could unearth billions of dollars in gold

A South Korean exploration startup says it has a Russian armored cruiser ship that sank more than a century ago and rumored to have a fortune in gold encased in her hull. The Shinil Group said it found the 6,200-ton Dmitrii Donskoi on July 14 deep in waters off South Korea’s eastern Ulleung Island.




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