By Joseph Marks
Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Rivals of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are seizing on news that Russia is trying to help his campaign as a way to take down the Democratic front-runner.
Candidates, who have spent little time tackling Russian election interference in previous debates, were eager to show their strength against Russian President Vladimir Putin
“Vladimir Putin thinks Donald Trump should be president of the United States and that’s why Russia is helping you get elected. So, you’ll lose to him,” former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg charged.
Sanders shot back: “Hey, Mr. Putin, if I’m president of the United States, trust me, you won’t interfere in any more U.S.
The news comes as intelligence officials warn Russian operatives are already interfering in the 2020 contest — not just on behalf of Sanders but also for President Trump, whom intelligence agencies found they sought to help in 2016. It’s not yet clear what form that interference is taking.
But it's clear by the fights onstage that even the suggestion of foreign election interference can cause divisions in American politics — which in itself could play into Putin's hands.
Former South Bend,
Then he got his own digs in, suggesting that Sanders was Russia's favored candidate because he would be polarizing to the American electorate.
“Chaos is what is coming our way,” he said. “If you think the last four years has been chaotic, divisive, toxic, exhausting, imagine spending the better part of 2020 with Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump.”
The fracas came just days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary, which marks the candidates' last chance to gather delegates and raise their profiles before Super Tuesday.
“Where are all these patriotic Republicans who wave the
Steyer described Trump’s wavering position on Russia as a main reason he launched an advocacy group calling for the president’s impeachment in 2017.
“We have to oppose a president who sides with a hostile foreign power that commits cyber warfare against the United States of America. That's where we are,” he said.
Former vice president Joe Biden also attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not cooperating with the White House to condemn Russian interference before the 2016 election — a charge he has leveled several times since 2016 that McConnell disputes.
“We went to Mitch McConnell and said, ‘Join us and point out what is happening here.’ He said, ‘No, we want no part of it,’ ” Biden said. The former vice president also warned that Russia is “engaged now, as I speak, in interfering in our elections.”
Biden bristled, however, at a question about a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that found the Obama administration could have done more to combat Russian operations before the 2016 contest, saying the White House didn’t have all the information it needed then.
We might find out more about what went on behind the scenes in the Obama administration: The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to release a volume of its report from its investigation into Russia's interference dedicated exclusively to the previous administration's response. It's
Biden demurred when
“I’d make them pay for it and I’d make them pay for it economically,” Biden said. That puts him in line with many
That question also irked some cybersecurity experts.
Here’s Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation researcher at the Wilson Center
Launching a retaliatory cyber attack is not the only or best response to an election interference campaign and leads when American public to believe that this is only about “hacking.” It’s not.— Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) February 26, 2020
OMG I HATE cyber warfare rhetoric.— Mieke Eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) February 26, 2020
Making a fake twitter account is not an armed attack. It shouldn't trigger a kinetic response.
I have a whole soap box I carry around with me for this.
PINGED, PATCHED, PWNED
The National Security Administration (NSA).
Moreover, the program only generated unique information that the FBI didn't already have two times in the four years of the program's existence, the study found.
Surveillance critics say the damning report is evidence that Congress shouldn't reauthorize the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed in 2015 to rein in abuses highlighted by NSA
“These documents further confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption and a privacy and civil liberties disaster,” American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Patrick Toomey told Charlie. “The NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records is too sweeping, the compliance problems too
The report did not reveal the subject matter or the outcome of the one significant operation spurred by information obtained through the controversial program.
The act expires March 15. The House Judiciary Committee meets today to mark up a bill that would renew an updated version of it.
The U.S. Capitol stands. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
That could leave those industries vulnerable to
The GAO urged the Commerce Department to give the agencies a deadline for when they’ll be better able to track
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside Woolwich Crown Court before his extradition hearing on Tuesday.
“Unless we do something, people’s lives are put at risk," Assange allegedly told the State Department on the phone. The State Department told him to call back later.
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