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  • US intelligence leaders testify before Senate Intelligence Committee

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of agencies including the FBI, CIA and NSA, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Russian Federation is already working to disrupt this year's midterm elections.

The intelligence community put out a dire warning in testimony before Congress Tuesday: Russia remains determined to undermine American democracy as we head into the 2018 midterm elections.

Other senators asked Coats, Pompeo, Wray and their counterparts to restate their support for the 2017 assessment that concluded Russian Federation had attacked the previous year's election.

Coats said will be among the most volatile and confrontational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats to the United States over the next year.

U.S. spy agencies concluded more than a year ago that Russian Federation used hacking and propaganda to try to tilt that election in favor of the Republican.

Coats said, "There should be no doubt that Russia perceived its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 USA midterm elections as a potential target for Russian midterm operations". "They are doing that not only in the United States but doing it throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere".

Space. Russia and China will launch more reconnaissance, communications and navigational satellites, Coats predicted, and their "counterspace weapons will mature over the next few years as each country pursues anti-satellite weapons".

The report predicted Russian intelligence agencies will disseminate more false information over Russian state-controlled media and through fake online personas to spread anti-American views and exacerbate social and political divides in the United States.

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The disconnect between Trump and his senior-most intelligence advisers has raised concerns that the USA government will not be able to mount an effective plan to beat back Russian influence operations in the upcoming midterm election.

The heads of the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency, as well as the director of national intelligence, were all in agreement about how important it is to address this threat.

"In the next year, Russian intelligence and security services will continue to probe USA and allied critical infrastructures, as well as target the United States, Nato, and allies for insights into U.S. policy", the report said.

"If we discuss this openly, then the public - who are really the targets of these operations - will be prepared and less susceptible to any influence if and when it does happen", Hultquist said.

King said he "understands the president's reluctance" on the issue because Trump thinks the Russian story undermines his 2016 election victory. Bot armies promoted partisan causes on social media, including the recent push to release a Republican congressional memo critical of law enforcement officials.The bots have also sought to portray the F.B.I. and Justice Department as infected by partisan bias, said Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee.

Facebook has said some 126 million Americans may have seen Russian-backed political content on Facebook over a two-year period.

The intelligence community's consensus on Russia's intentions led Sen.

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