Tag Archives: Russia

Putin Slams “Excessive” LGBT Rights At G20 Summit

The Guardian reports: Putin tried to defend Russia’s record on LGBT+ rights. “I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish,” Putin said. “But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can …

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Smirking Trump Tells Putin “Don’t Meddle, Please”

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump has appeared to make light of Russian election interference during a meeting with the country’s leader, Vladimir Putin. A smirking Mr Trump wagged his finger at the Russian president and said: “Don’t meddle in the election, please.” The pair were holding talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. It was …

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Zuckerberg: We Don’t “Have The Tools” To Stop Russia

Axios reports: In an interview at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for the federal government to shoulder the burden in election security, saying the social network doesn’t “have the tools to make the Russian government stop.” Over the past year, the Facebook CEO has continued to explain and defend the tech company’s stance on data …

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Russians Spread Fake Plot To Assassinate Boris Johnson

The Guardian reports: Suspected Russian spies floated a series of fake stories on social media including a claim that Remainers were planning to kill Boris Johnson and that the novichok used in the Salisbury attack came from the Real IRA, a new study shows. The operation was done to provoke tensions between western countries. It was persistent, sophisticated and well-resourced, …

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Trump Won’t Commit To Pressing Putin On Meddling

The Hill reports: President Trump in a new interview would not commit to addressing foreign election interference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet at the G20 summit later this month. Asked by host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he’d directly address the issue with Putin, Trump said, “I may.” “Are you going to tell him …

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Trump Accuses New York Times Of “Virtual Treason”

The New York Times reports: The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. Advocates of the more aggressive strategy said it was long overdue, …

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Trump Praises McConnell For Blocking Election Security Funding Bills, Blackburn For Blocking Foreign Dirt Bill

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump took time to praise Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for blocking a Democratic bill that would have mandated reporting foreign election interference. Blackburn blocked Sen. Mark Warner’s (D-VA) attempt to pass a bill requiring campaigns to report any offers of foreign assistance to the FBI. McConnell has long opposed efforts …

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House Panel Subpoenas Michael Flynn And Rick Gates

The New York Times reports: The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that it had issued two new subpoenas demanding that Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and Rick Gates, a former top Trump campaign aide, provide testimony and documents related to their interactions with Russians and other foreign powers. The subpoenas, dated Wednesday, are tied …

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McConnell Continues To Block Election Security Bills

The New York Times reports: A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a “sweeping and systematic” Russian attack in 2016 is running into a one-man roadblock in the form of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell, long the Senate’s leading ideological opponent …

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US And Russian Warships Nearly Collide In Pacific

The BBC reports: A Russian warship and a US warship have come close to collision in the western Pacific Ocean, with each side blaming the other for the incident. Russia’s Pacific Fleet said the cruiser USS Chancellorsville crossed just 50 metres (160ft) in front of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov at 06:35 Moscow time (03:35 GMT). It was forced to perform …

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Russian Trolls Earned Big Ad Bucks With 2016 Meddling

NBC News reports: The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and executed — and also more lucrative — than previously understood, according to a new analysis of nearly 10 million tweets by a leading cybersecurity firm. The operation by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency amounted to …

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Kushner Unsure If He’d Call The FBI If Offered Russian Help Again, Won’t Say If Trump’s Birtherism Was Racist

Axios reports: On “Axios on HBO,” Jared Kushner said he doesn’t know whether he’d call the FBI if he were to receive an email today like the one before the campaign’s Trump Tower meeting, which had the subject line: “Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential.” Kushner is now in the West Wing as senior adviser to the president. …

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Trump Finally Admits “Russia Helped Me Get Elected”

Mediaite reports: Evidenced by his Twitter feed, President Donald Trump woke up Thursday morning with Special Counsel Robert Mueller — and his stunning nine-minute press conference — very much on his mind. In a remarkable development, however, it appears that Trump is publicly admitting, for the first time at least, that Russia interference helped get him elected president, as has …

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Mueller: If We Had Confidence That Trump Had Not Committed A Crime, We Would Have Said So [VIDEO]

Heavy reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave his first public statement in the Russia investigation on May 29, 2019, confirming that his office’s conclusion was that there was “insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” against the Trump campaign in relation to Russian efforts to interfere with the election. He also addressed allegations the president might have committed obstruction of …

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Tillerson: Trump Was Unprepared During Putin Meeting

The Washington Post reports: Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany, putting the U.S. leader at a disadvantage during their first series of tête-à-têtes. The U.S. side anticipated a shorter meeting for exchanging courtesies, but it ballooned into a …

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Republicans To Block Funding For Election Security

The Hill reports: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of Senate GOP leadership, said Wednesday that the chamber is unlikely to vote on any election security legislation, despite requests from a federal agency for more funding to improve election systems nationwide. Blunt made the remarks at a Senate Rules Committee hearing where Election Assistance Commission (EAC) officials highlighted what they …

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Putin Praises Mueller Report As “Very Objective”

The Hill reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections as “objective.” “On the whole he had a very objective investigation and he confirmed that there are no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the incumbent administration, which we said was absolutely fake,” Putin said during …

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Pompeo Warns Putin Against 2020 Election Meddling

The Associated Press reports: On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. At a news conference following three hours of meetings Tuesday, Pompeo said he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that any such action by the Russians in the 2020 elections “would …

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Convicted Russian Spy: I Was Trying To Build Peace

NPR reports: Maria Butina says this is all a big misunderstanding. Was she part of the vast Russian government effort to influence politics within the United States? “Absolutely not,” she said. All she wanted, Butina said, was to be a “peace-builder” between Russia and the United States. The Russian woman who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to serve as a …

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Over Half Of Europe’s Voters Saw Russian Fake News

Politico Europe reports: More than half of Europeans may have seen some form of disinformation promoted by Russian actors on social networks ahead of the parliamentary election later this month, according to an analysis reviewed by POLITICO. The report — by SafeGuard Cyber, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm — coincides with criticism that tech companies, notably Facebook, are not doing enough …

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