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Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Intelligence Chief Keeps Mum on Response to Russian Meddling

Intelligence Chief Keeps Mum on Response to Russian Meddling

The administration was criticised for not imposing new sanctions in January when a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs was released to comply with a law passed to punish Moscow.

Dan Coats, the Director of the U.S. National Intelligence said that as quoted by CNS News.

Adm. Mike Rogers, the outgoing director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, said the U.S. response to Russian Federation has not been strong enough to change Moscow's activities.

Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, said in a Congressional hearing that the US Treasury Department would slap a financial ban possibly "within a week" on 13 Russians indicted last month on fraud and other charges for the alleged manipulation of social media to boost then-candidate Donald Trump. Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, asked who should lead efforts to counter Russian Federation with this year's elections "right around the corner". Putin said they didn't work on behalf of his government. Trump has called several USA probes into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation a "witch hunt" and an excuse by Democrats to explain his upset victory over Clinton.

The former Republican senator said the president made the comment after a February 13 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Coats told lawmakers "there's no single agency in charge" of blocking potential Russian operations.

Rogers told Congress last week that he's taken steps to respond to the threat, but that neither Trump nor Defense Secretary James Mattis has granted him any additional authorities to counter Russian efforts to sow discord in the United States.

Coats said you can expect to hear about continued cyber threats from North Korea, China and enemies in the Middle East.

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich said, "I fear a "whole of government approach" has been a catch-all for 'It's someone else's job'".

"We understand it has to be addressed", Coats said.

More U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation may come up in the next few weeks.

"These states are using cyber operations as a low-priced tool of statecraft, and we assess that they will work to use cyber operations to achieve strategic objectives unless they face clear repercussions for their cyber operations". We continue to see Russian activities created to exacerbate social and political figures in the United States.

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