U.S. 2018 elections 'under attack' by Russian Federation, says United States intelligence chief

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The nation's top intelligence chiefs were united Tuesday in declaring that Russian Federation is continuing efforts to disrupt the USA political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm election, after its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign.

On Tuesday morning, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director Christopher Wray once again testified before Congress that they stand by the us intel assessment from January 2017, which concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the election in a deliberate attempt to undermine American democracy and elect Trump.

Pakistan, in fact, will continue to threaten USA interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter-terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China, Coats said in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

He said that he expects Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media and other means to meddle in USA politics.

America's leading intelligence agencies concluded past year that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the 2016 presidential election to undermine the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton and boost Donald Trump's chances.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee that Russian Federation and other foreign entities were likely to attack United States and European elections this year and beyond, adding that Moscow believes similar efforts successfully undermined USA democracy two years ago.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the BBC several weeks ago that he believes North Korea may be able to strike the US within "a handful of months". "And we've also heard recent indications of Russian activities in Mexico", Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said at the broad hearing on worldwide threats.

Under questioning from Maine Senator Susan Collins about the President's attacks on the FBI, FBI director Christopher Wray said, "It's the finest group of professionals and public servants I could hope to work for".

But more than a year after Russian interference became widely known, the intelligence community (IC) chiefs were unable to detail how the United States was countering it or punishing Moscow.

Pompeo had said earlier that he expected that Russian Federation would insert itself in the midterms in which Republicans and Democrats will vie for control of the House and Senate. "They are doing that not only in the United States but doing it throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere".

Pompeo added: "Sen. Reed, we have a significant effort".

Even so, the intelligence agencies say they aren't sitting still. "The Russians have a strategy that goes well beyond what is happening in the United States".

Earlier in the hearing, Pompeo said that the intelligence community has offensive "capabilities" to "raise the costs to adversaries" seeking to hack into election systems to disrupt voting.

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