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14 February 2018

Mr Coats and other U.S. top intelligence chiefs were united on Tuesday in declaring that Russian Federation is continuing efforts to disrupt the USA political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm election, following its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign, New York Times reported.

Coats said the USA national debt of more than $20 trillion is "unsustainable", and poses a risk "to our economic and national security".

"We expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to influence, to try to build on its wide range of operations and exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States", Coats added.

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

In testifying, Coats apparently had in mind the 2016 U.S. presidential election in which Russian Federation is alleged to have carried out large-scale interference including cyber attacks.

Coats' sentiments were universally shared among the chiefs of America's intelligence agencies - including the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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U.S. intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.

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.

Pompeo told Tuesday's hearing that despite the North-South talks, there was "no indication there's any strategic change" in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's desire to remain a nuclear threat to the United States.

And after the Congress took real action against Russian Federation by slapping it with major sanctions in response to the interference, Trump completely undermined their work by declining to enforce the sanctions. They took advantage, a sophisticated advantage of social media.

American Intelligence Chief Dan Coats has claimed that Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical ones.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting one of the three main congressional investigations into the Russian Federation issue.

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But he has sent mixed messages about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "In particular, I'm anxious about the close relationship between the Chinese government and Chinese technology firms, particularly in the area of commercialisation of our surveillance technology and efforts to shape telecommunication equipment markets", he said.

But even members of Trump's own Cabinet - including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Hailey - have rebuffed the President and sided with the intelligence community instead.

So the next milestone in the inquiry into Russian election interference - at least in the Senate - could be the release of the intelligence committee's long-awaited report finally giving the full story about what happened in 2016.

Rogers and FBI Director Christopher Wray and said they, for example, are helping to brief state and local elections officials about the potential dangers from cyberattacks.

Asked by committee vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., whether they agreed that Russian activity is undiminished, all agreed with Coats.

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Pakistan Developing New Types Of Nuclear Weapons