Tag Archives: Russia

Lincoln Project: It’s Trump First, Russia Second, US Last

Politico reports: In the past few months, the Lincoln Project — a PAC with not much funding, as far as PACs go — has successfully established itself as a squatter in Trump’s mental space, thanks to several factors. Members each boasting hundreds of thousands of social media followers, rapidly cut ads that respond to current events and a single-minded focus …

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Russia Votes To Keep Putin In Power Until 2036

The Associated Press reports: President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country’s political status quo, according to preliminary results. Russians went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. The vote paves …

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REPORT: Taliban Sources Confirm Russian Bounties

The Insider reports: Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has since strongly denied that he was told of this intelligence and attacked its credibility, characterizing the existence of Russian bounty payments as fake. But three separate Taliban sources told Insider …

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Trump: Russian Bounty Story Is A “Fake News Hoax”

Politico reports: President Trump claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically. The White House has denied that Trump was personally briefed on the intelligence before it became public, though it has sidestepped questions about subsequent reports that the information was cited in one of Trump’s …

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Ex-Navy SEAL Condemns Trump In Lincoln Project Ad

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project’s latest video, “Betrayed,” released today, lays bare the thoughts of former U.S Navy Seal Dan Barkhuff and his feelings towards the President. Many current and former American service members feel betrayed by Donald J. Trump. Navy Seal Barkhuff is just one story. We now know Trump received written briefings as early …

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Joe Biden Roasts Trump’s “Dereliction” On COVID And Russia: He Doesn’t Seem “Cognitively Aware” Of Things

Fox News reports: While Biden’s press conference in Delaware was ostensibly about how he would respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president slammed the current White House occupant for his response to reports that Russian intelligence operatives offered to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants who killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump on Sunday denied that he had been …

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“Large Bank Transfers” Back Intel On Russian Bounties

The New York Times reports: American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, which was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence. Though the …

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Republicans Have Skipped Intel Briefings For Months

Politico reports: Democrats see a boycott motivated by partisan politics. Republicans argue they have legitimate security concerns. Either way, GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee have skipped all but one of the panel’s proceedings, public and private, since before Congress went into its coronavirus-lockdown in early March. And that impasse shows no signs of ending, even as the panel …

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There’s Always A Tweet: Intelligence Briefings Edition

Mediaite reports: Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt justified President Donald Trump’s inaction with intelligence on Russia because “all president’s don’t read all of their briefings.” “This is not anything new,” Earhardt said on the matter. “The point here is: if it is not verified by our 16 intelligence agencies, that’s their job, that’s what they do it doesn’t get to the …

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Mother Of Killed Marine Demands Answers On Bounties

CNBC reports: The mother of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan said Monday that she wants a thorough investigation of reports that her son and two other Marines may have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. soldiers offered by a Russian military intelligence unit. Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in …

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AP: White House Knew About Bounties In Early 2019

The Associated Press reports: Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of …

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White House Claims Trump Wasn’t Told About Bounties Because There Was No Consensus Among Intel Officials

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump wasn’t briefed on reports that the Russian government paid bounties for American and allied troops to be killed in Afghanistan because there was no consensus among intelligence officials on the veracity of the claims, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany told reporters at the White House on Monday that such intelligence wouldn’t …

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NYT: US Officials Were Told About Bounties In January

The New York Times reports: United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, …

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New Lincoln Project Ad: When Trump Says He Stands By The Troops, He’s Right, They’re Just Not OUR Troops

The Hill reports: Republican super-PAC The Lincoln Project blasted President Trump in a new ad over a report that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill coalition forces, including U.S. troops. “This heinous failure by the commander-in-chief to protect American soldiers in the field is unthinkable,” Reed Galen, co-founder of the anti-Trump group, said in a statement. …

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Trump Denies He Was Told About Bounties On Troops

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he was briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and asked “fake news” The New York Times to identify its source. Taking to Twitter, the president stressed that no one in his administration had ever received such reports. The story, released by The New York Times on …

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WH: Trump Wasn’t Told About Bounties On US Troops

CNN reports: US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, amid peace talks, according to a New York Times report published Friday. Citing officials briefed on the matter, the Times reported that President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings and that the White …

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NYT: Russia Offered Militants Bounties To Kill US Troops

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian …

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Siberian Arctic Circle Town Sees Record Heat Of 100.4°

The Washington Post reports: A northeastern Siberian town is likely to have set a record for the hottest temperature documented in the Arctic Circle, with a reading of 100.4 degrees (38 Celsius) recorded Saturday in Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle and about 3,000 miles east of Moscow. Records at that location have been kept since 1885. If verified, this …

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Bolton: Putin Thinks He Can “Play Trump Like A Fiddle”

The Hill reports: Former national security adviser John Bolton said in a new interview to promote his new memoir that has rocked Washington that Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he “can play” President Trump like a “fiddle.” Asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz about Trump’s relationship with Putin, Bolton said that he doesn’t think the Russian leader is “worried” about Trump. …

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Russian Disinfo Campaign Targeted Rubio, Others

Wired reports: The Internet Research Agency is infamous for flooding mainstream social media platforms with compelling disinformation campaigns. The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, deploys strategic data leaks and destabilizing cyberattacks. But in the recent history of Russia’s online meddling, a third, distinct entity may have been at work on many of the same objectives—indicating that Russia’s disinformation operations went …

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