The US intelligence community has concluded there is no doubt the Russians meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, leaking stolen e-mails and inflaming tensions on social media. While Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigate Russian interference, including whether the campaign of Donald Trump colluded with Russia, we focused on one vector of the attack on American democracy: the sweeping cyber assault on state voting systems that US intelligence tied to the Russian government. You're about to hear what happened from the frontline soldiers of a cyberwar that was fought largely out of public view. As we first reported in April, it took place on digital battlegrounds in states throughout the country. The first shots were fired here in Illinois, not far from downtown Springfield, in a nondescript shopping center, the kind you'll find anywhere in the United States. There, in a repurposed supermarket, is the headquarters of the Illinois … [Read more...] about What happened when Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure?
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday flatly denied former FBI Director James Comey’s assertion that Trump ever urged him to “go easy” in a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian contacts. In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giuliani said investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller “should know by now who they believe.” “We'll tell them the president's answers to everything — they already know them,” he said, adding: “The president said he never told Comey he should go easy on Flynn. Comey says the president did, put it in his memo… they should know by now who they believe.” “There was no conversation about Michael Flynn,” Giuliani added. “The president didn't find out that Comey believed there was until about I think it was February when it supposedly took place. [Comey’s] memo came out in May. And in between, … [Read more...] about Giuliani: Trump ‘Never’ Told Comey to ‘Go Easy’ on Michael Flynn
0 Have your say A founding member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot has accused western politicians who work with her country’s state media of “supporting terrorists”. Maria Alyokhina said it was “awful” that figures such as former First Minister Alex Salmond had chosen to work with Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed TV channel, helping to give the broadcaster credibility in the West.Alyokhina, who is performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, accused those working with the state media of helping provide cover for the work of the Russian security services, who she called “terrorists”.One of three original members of Pussy Riot, Alyokhina spent time in prison after performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral in 2012. She defied a travel ban to travel to Scotland earlier this week where she will a perform a show at Summerhall based on her memoir, … [Read more...] about Pussy Riot founder slams Alex Salmond’s Russian TV hosts
GLASGOW (Reuters) - Russian gymnasts won the men's team title at the European Championships for the third successive time on Saturday but only after their British hosts suffered calamities in the final horizontal bar duel while pushing hard for the gold. Russia's five-man team of Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagornyy, Dmitrii Lankin, David Belyavskiy and Nikolai Kuksenkov were leading by just 1.132 points from Britain going into the last of the six disciplines. Yet Dominick Cunningham had a woeful routine, twice slipping to earth off the bar, before team mate James Hall also came off, effectively ending British hopes of gold at the SSE Hydro Arena. The Russians, led by a solid performance from their Olympic team silver medallist Nagornyy across all six apparatus, then produced error-free programmes to take gold with a total of 257.260, nearly four points clear of Britain's 253.362. Dalaloyan, all-around silver medallist at last year's championships, and Belyavskiy both impressed on the … [Read more...] about Russian men take gold after high bar woe for Britain
close Video Russia likens US sanctions to 'economic war' Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatens to retaliate against new sanctions over chemical attack against ex-spy in Britain. Anti-Russian hysteria appears to be replacing calm calculations of our national interest as the basis for U.S. foreign policy toward Russia – and that’s a big mistake. The hatred and fear of all things Russian has reached a fever pitch in America today. Indeed, so powerful are the emotions and concerns over Moscow’s interference with the 2016 presidential election that many have asserted that America must aggressively wage a Second Cold War until Russian President Vladimir Putin is forced from power. One consequence of this anti-Russian feeling came Wednesday, when the Trump administration announced it will impose new economic sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s use of a nerve agent to try to kill former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, … [Read more...] about Anti-Russian hysteria isn’t in America’s national interest