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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

Michael Wallace

00:20 sec | 2 weeks ago

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

"Microsoft says Russian government hackers broke into their network and viewed Microsoft's source code. This is a deeper penetration than previously known. Microsoft says No changes were made to the source code by the hackers. It found no evidence of hacker access to customer data, customer data or any indications that its systems were used to attack

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Fresh update on "russian government" discussed on Purity Products

Purity Products

00:35 min | 13 hrs ago

Fresh update on "russian government" discussed on Purity Products

"Poll finds that 53% of people have confidence in President elect Joe Biden to get the pandemic under control. Introducing members of his science team on Saturday, the president elect said science is critical to whether or not we meet the moment. Peril and promise that we knows within our reach. But right now, the United States is approaching 396,000 deaths from covert 19, as the governors of some states accuse the Trump Administration of lying about the number of vaccine doses that were available. Security's getting tighter ahead of Wednesday's inauguration, also getting tighter and all 50 State capitals the U. S Postal Service, removing mailboxes in some of them due to the threat of explosives. Alexey Navalny, a major critic of the Russian government, who he says was responsible for poisoning him in August, is on a flight from Germany, where he had been treated after the poisoning. He's bound for Russia, where he faces the threat of arrest today in the NFL playoffs Tom Brady and Drew Brees Square off the oldest ever match up of quarterbacks in an NFL game. Ryan Clark. ABC News heard the good news.

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Trump pardons Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner and others

KYW 24 Hour News

00:50 sec | 3 weeks ago

Trump pardons Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner and others

"President Trump has issued 29 new pardons and commutations. They include his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of his son in law, Jared Jessica Levinson is with Loyola Law School. This latest round of pardoned shows that President Trump is really using his constitutional pardon power to brew Ward loyalists. Pardoning Stone and Manafort. He sending a very clear signal that people who essentially lied for him that people who tried to undermine the investigation into whether or not there were ties between The Russian government and the Trump campaign will get get out of jail free card. Mr Trump's actions come 2 49 people, the total that he's parted in just the last two days.

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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny dupes spy into revealing how he was poisoned - CNN

Here & Now

05:42 min | 3 weeks ago

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny dupes spy into revealing how he was poisoned - CNN

"Russian spy unwittingly revealed how Russian agents nearly killed opposition leader Alexei Navalny back in August when they placed the lethal nerve agent Nova shock inside Navalny's underpants. Even stranger. The spy disclosed that detail to navalny himself who was Impersonating a high ranking Russian official on the phone. CNN's Cloris Award broke this story in collaboration with the investigative outlet Belling Cat and Dirt Spiegel, and she joins us via Skype. Claressa welcome. Thank you so much for having me on Peter, and let's start with a little more context. Here. Back in August, Navalny was flying to Moscow from the city of Tomsk when he became very ill on the airplane, And here he is recounting that moment. To you. Let's listen. I get out of this bus room tone over to the flight attendant and said him I was poisoned. I'm gonna dive and then then I lay down under his feet in tow to die. So the pilot then diverted the plane to the Russian city of Omsk Navalny survived. He's now in Germany. But tell us what you learned about the days and hours leading up to that moment on the airplane. I mean, you know, it's just been extraordinary to get this kind of insight into how an elite team of FSB Russian State Security service operatives With a specialty in chemical weapons, many of them doctors, scientists operating out of the UN remarkable Moscow suburb were able to essentially trail Navalny's every move for more than three years. Then, as you said in August, Navalny became very sick on the way back from Tomsk on this flight, and the Germans once he was able to be transported to Germany confirmed that he had been poisoned with not be chock. We now know that that Na'vi chalk was planted. In Navalny's underpants If you can believe that, Wow, What is that? Details say to you. So we spoke to a lot of experts about this to try toe understand it better both from the point of view of understanding whether the intention was to kill or possibly just incapacitate. And by the way, all of them agree. You can only really be looking to kill when you're using Na'vi chalk outside of a laboratory. But also to get a better sense of why would they put Nova Chuck in the underpants? And particularly this one operative describes in this now famous phone call to Alexei Navalny were Navalny was posing as a senior national security aide conducting an investigation into the operation. He tells him. Listen, we put it on the underwear on the inside seems of the crotch area and experts Have told us that the groin area is particularly porous, particularly susceptible. This kind of poisoning, So they certainly knew what they were doing it as you say It was navalny himself, who was able to coax these details out of this agent who was a part of this toxins team. Why didn't have only do that? How did Navalny do that? So when I was in Moscow last week with my team, we all set about trying to confront some of the people that through this investigation with Belling cat we have been able to identify as part of this FSB toxins team. Then they landed on this idea of pretending to be someone high up within the Russian hierarchy, and they were able to disguise Phone number they were using to make it look like they were calling from an FSB landline. And if you listen to the conversation, it's it's something like 45 minutes long. It does take a while to persuade this operative his name is constant included. It's if he graduated from the Russian Academy of Chemical Defense. It does take him a while to be persuaded that it's OK for him to have this conversation on an open line. With navalny, But once he starts talking boy, does he start talking? Well. Vladimir Putin himself has said that if his agents wanted to kill navalny, they would have done it. So what do you make of that reaction in Russia? About how high up this operation went in the government? Well, I mean, this puts the Kremlin in an extraordinarily embarrassing and uncomfortable position because just last week, President Putin, responding to our reporting, said, What's the big deal? So what the FSB were following Navalny? That's normal because he works with us intelligence services. That doesn't mean they poisoned him. Well, fast forward just a few days, And here we are with concrete evidence that in fact, that team of operatives who were following him did poison him. And so how on earth does the Kremlin go about wriggling out of this one, Essentially I will say that unlike last week where it was much more silent, and the Russian media and people weren't really talking about it, perhaps because they were fearful this time, people are starting to talk about it. We've already seen Russian journalist trying to go to the address off. This could threats at this operative who unwittingly confessed to Alexei Navalny. And I think it's going to be very difficult for the Russian government to put this genie back in the bottle. Just briefly, Claressa. It is amazing to see you sitting there in front of Alexei Navalny, who had gone through such a tremendously traumatic ordeal on this airplane getting poison. He's been a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin for many years. It's amazing that he's still alive. How is his health? How's he doing? He has made nothing short of a miraculous recovery, and all of his doctors say the same thing. What is even more extraordinary is that Alexei Navalny is still planning to go back to Russia. He says. He's a Russian politician. He belongs in Russia, and he would never give Putin such a gift, he

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Government Systems Hacked By International Threat

TIME's Top Stories

10:44 min | Last month

Government Systems Hacked By International Threat

"S cyber experts scramble to assess the scope of the hack of a decade by kimberly dosier. Us government cyber experts are working furiously. Insecure offices around the globe sifting through computer traffic to figure out which federal systems have been penetrated in the sweeping cyber-spying attack. The fbi warned this week is significant and ongoing suspected russian. Hackers have broken into sensitive. Us government computer networks from the pentagon to the department of energy as well as top us private businesses rummaging around in them and likely reading emails and gathering data the department of homeland security cyber security and infrastructure security agency called the attack which started in march or possibly earlier a grave risk to the us government experts from both the government and top us private firms compromised in the attack are taking whole sections of their computer networks off line or quarantining them for a deeper forensic dive to figure out what was copied or taken. And if the hackers left any malware code behind the hackers exploited a little known but widely used software. Program called a ryan made by a cyber company called solar winds whose client list includes the office of the us. President the pentagon nasa nsa all five branches of the us military and most of the fortune five hundred companies including the top ten u s communications companies the austin texas based company removed. Its client list from its website. After reporting the hack may have affected some eighteen thousand customers. The company says it has been quote advised that the nature of this attack indicates that it may have been conducted by an outside nation state and is urging clients to update their systems to remove the threat. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment ceasar referred to the attackers has quote a patient. Well resourced and focused adversary adding that. The orion software vulnerability wasn't the only way it attacked but declining to share further details since it was first reported by reuters on sunday the known extent of the hack has grown wider each day so far government agencies including the departments of commerce and energy are among those confirmed to be infected though energy. Spokesperson said the hack only compromised business networks and didn't reach the national nuclear security administration on thursday microsoft reported that it's found the malware uploaded to some of it systems. You've got to assume that they're still in right now. And they're going to stay in says cyber experts suzanne spaulding who led the homeland security office. That is now ceases during the obama administration so you pretty quickly have to start looking at what they could have gotten access to president. Donald trump has so far been silent on what appears to be one of the worst cyber attacks on the united states in decades. The white house has offered little public comment beyond confirming via twitter that an investigation is underway. A senior administration official speaking anonymously to describe the ongoing investigation told time that the list of compromised. Us government agencies will likely include the pentagon as well as other agencies that use the software. The official also confirmed time that the attackers are believed to be russian state. Operatives reported by the washington post to be the infamous hacking collective known as abt twenty nine or cozy bear russia's ambassador to washington anatoly. I- antonoff denounced. Those reports is quote unfounded attempts of the us media to blame russia for hacking attacks on the us government bodies in remarks this week where georgetown university virtual forum the diplomat. Who complained that. He can't get a meeting with top government officials or lawmakers to discuss a host of accusations against moscow offered to arrange a meeting between russian intelligence. Fbi and cia officials to get to the bottom of it. The orion software is used to monitor and manage computer systems the kind of program and in house. It tech might use to remotely fix an employee's computer when it has a meltdown. The hacker is essentially piggybacked on the orion program software updates so when users updated their systems. They unwittingly uploaded. Malware that gave the hackers. A back. Door explains dmitri alperovitch former co founder and cto of cybersecurity firm crowd strike. His former cybersecurity company was hired by the democratic national committee. When it's emails were hacked in two thousand sixteen which the fbi later attributed to russia when the update came down it basically was a master key for the russians to get access to every single one of these systems. Alperovitch says calling it a heck of a decade and one of the most significant cyber espionage operations in history though it apparently did not penetrate classified systems he says citing conversations with industry insiders. The fbi is leading an investigation to track the hackers while cease which became a household name this year after disputing trump's allegations of election fraud resulting in trump's firing. Its director is sending out new warnings on what they've found and how government and private companies should respond to fix it. The spying attack was first discovered by cybersecurity. Firm fire which reported being hacked by a quote highly sophisticated threat actor that it says inserted malware onto its own network via the solar winds ryan software and then stole some of the cybersecurity companies own quote unquote ethical. Hacking tools. used to probe fire eye. clients networks for vulnerabilities aaron hughes former. Us deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy says the sophistication of targeting contractor in the government supply chain to get to its clients immediately points to an actor like russia or china impersonating users and using inherently trusted mechanisms to conduct what appear to be trusted communication. That's not an insignificant task says hughes. Who's now a cyber expert with the center for strategic and international studies cis. Is the level of effort in stealth. That goes into instituting. That sort of computer to computer communication requires the skill set and breath of a nation state. He said there's a ranking in terms of urgency that governs what cyber-attacks combing their networks for i they make sure. The enemy hasn't accessed critical. Us weapons systems like the launch codes for nuclear bombs. Then they look at things like control of electricity or water supplies triaging a malthusian. Hierarchy of threats says spalding. Who's a senior homeland. Security adviser with csis. After you figure out what the adversary access you play out the worst case scenario of what they might do with what they were able to reach she adds and the game is still on hackers off in store things. They want a copy within the system. They've targeted so they can download it in a way. That won't arouse copying the data a few kilobytes at a time. So there may be packets of information that they've marked to move that are still untouched. And the race is on to cut the hackers off and then rebuild. It can't just go in and kind of surgically remove the adversary spalding. Explains you have to rebuild a completely new infrastructure that isn't connected to the old infrastructure though. The operatives were still active while americans were voting in the presidential election. This fall spalding. Doesn't think the suspected russian hackers were able to effect twenty twenty voting because of quote such overwhelming use of paper ballots and the ability to audit. I think it would have been detected. She said russian government. Hackers have penetrated sensitive systems before they did in two thousand sixteen. When russian military intelligence officers were indicted for crimes including hacking the computers of the democratic national committee primarily through phishing emails. Russian hackers were also blamed for a two thousand fifteen fishing attack that seized control of the pentagon joint staff's unclassified email systems retired chairman of the joint chiefs general martin dempsey told. Cbs news that within an hour of accessing the system. The hacker seized dempsey's computer credentials as well as hundreds of other senior officers and the only way to stop. It was to take the system down cyber expert hughes who was serving as the pentagon seibert defense deputy assistant secretary at the time recalls that his team had to quote isolate and shut down. Parts of the unclassified network to identify and then eradicate the threat actor. Ironically it was the failure to update software that enabled what still seen as the worst cyber attack on the us government. When chinese hackers stole the personnel files of four point two million government employees as reported by the us office of personnel management in two thousand fifteen including the real names of intelligence officers serving in covert positions around the world responding to news the hack the incoming biden administration released a statement thursday vowing to make dealing with quote what appears to be a massive cybersecurity breach affecting potentially thousands of victims a top priority. From the moment we take office alperovitch. Who's now the chairman of the silverado. Policy accelerator a washington dc based cyber think tank warned against us officials or lawmakers reacting to what he calls run of the mill spying as opposed to enact of war. This is a case where we should say good for them. Shame on us for letting them he says we need to use this as a wake-up call to reorganize our government to better deal with this massive intelligence failure and massive failure

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US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

TIME's Top Stories

03:52 min | Last month

US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

"Weapons agency hacked. As part of massive cyberattack by william turton michael riley and jennifer jacobs the us nuclear weapons agency and at least three states were hacked as part of a suspected russian cyber attack that struck a number of federal government agencies. According to people with knowledge of the matter indicating widening reach of one of the biggest cybersecurity breaches in recent memory. Microsoft said that its systems were also exposed as part of the attack. Hackers with ties to the russian government are suspected to be behind a well coordinated attack that took advantage of weaknesses in the us supply chain to penetrate several federal agencies including departments of homeland security treasury commerce and state while many details are still unclear. The hackers are believed to have gained access to networks by installing malicious code and a widely used software program from solar winds corp whose customers include government agencies and fortune five hundred companies according to the company and cybersecurity experts. This is a patient well resourced and focused adversary that has sustained long duration activity on victim. Networks the us cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency said in a bulletin that signalled widening alarm over the preach. The hackers posed a grave risk to federal state and local governments as well as critical infrastructure and the private sector. The bulletin said the agency said. The attackers demonstrated sophistication and complex tradecraft. The energy department and its national nuclear security administration which maintains america's nuclear stockpile were targeted as part off the larger attack. According to a person familiar with the matter an ongoing investigation is found. The heck didn't mission essential national security. Functions shaolin hines a department of energy spokeswoman said in a statement at this point the investigation has found that the malware has been isolated to business networks only 'instead. The hack of the nuclear agency was reported earlier by politico. Microsoft spokesman frank. Shaw said the company had found malicious code in which we isolated and removed. We have not found evidence of access to production services or customer data. He said in a tweet. Our investigations which are ongoing have found absolutely no indications that our systems were used to attack others reuters had earlier reported that microsoft was hacked and that its products were used to further the attacks in addition to people familiar with the broader government investigation into the attack said three state. Governments were breached. Though they wouldn't identify the states. A third person familiar with the probe confirmed that state governments were hacked but didn't provide a number biden's pledge while president donald trump has yet to publicly addressed the hack president elect joe biden issued a statement thursday on what appears to be a massive cyber security breach affecting potentially thousands of victims including us companies and federal government entities. I wanna be clear. My administration will make cybersecurity a top priority at every level of government. And we will make dealing with this breach a top priority from the moment we take office. Said pledging to impose substantial costs on those responsible for such malicious attacks. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack hines. The department of energy spokeswoman said that efforts were immediately taken to mitigate the risk from the hack including disconnecting software identified as being vulnerable to this attack.

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Russia is likely to launch the disinformation version of nukes

Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

03:56 min | Last month

Russia is likely to launch the disinformation version of nukes

"You have heard. We learned this week that hackers have been spying on the us departments of state homeland security. Commerce treasury may be the nuclear security administration. Bad bad stuff. The intrusion began in the spring. And the hackers are thought to be working for the russian government and the ongoing news about this hack has me and others worried about all kinds of things from a physical attack on critical infrastructure to data manipulation to more election shenanigans. So i wondered. What should i be worried about. It's a topic for quality assurance where we take a second. Look at a big story in the news. Jackie schneider is a fellow at the hoover institution at stanford. The bad news is that the russians have a history of using this kind of information to try manipulate trust and so i think that's something that we should worry about especially as we. Are you know a little over a month out. From a big transition. Between the trump administration and the biden administration and that the russians will use information that they have achieved in these tax or even use the fear of the information that they've received in these hacks to create even more public distrust of that and transaction between the two administrations. So what might that look like this degradation of trust or even a campaign to further erode americans confidence and institutions. I think we're already starting to see it right. There is already starting to be linkages between and hack and the dominion electoral voting. And you're starting to see them then. Line these things up to show that there is some sort of discredit in the way the. Us conducted its election systems. Not there might be some sort of foreign influence inside them so we can imagine that we can also imagine it. Seems like this hack may have downloaded potentially sensitive or at least private emails between key government officials and we can imagine the russians have used this in the past to leak information to make government look bad to create distrust between different sectors of the government. I mean this could be particularly dangerous as we look at the transition in the department of defense. Because we've had a lot of problems with civilian military politicization reveal maybe private emails and that maybe represent a different kind of private feeling than what they're publicly saying you could create fractures that could continue to create distrust in the american public right. I mean so really. All of this is sort of a continuation of an ongoing effort. That was probably most prominent in two thousand sixteen right like take existing divisions amplify them create more and weaken the nation in the process. Yeah that's always been something that russia has fallen back on. They are conventionally much less capable than the united states economically much less capable. I'm even their nuclear inventories. Not as robust so the only thing they really have to influence against the united states is to try and seed chaos and so we can imagine them doing a whole lot more at that especially because they might be worried that a biden administration would have a much harder line against russia than they've seen out of the trump administration right so the idea being weakened that administration in every possible way before it even comes into office. Exactly i mean. I think we're going to see the cleavage. Is that have occurred in american society over the last four years. But really that we've seen solidify over this last year and during the pandemic we're going to see the russians playing on that even more and this information can be used in in really creative ways to try and exacerbate those cleavages

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The latest cyberattack on the U.S. government is a big deal

Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

03:15 min | Last month

The latest cyberattack on the U.S. government is a big deal

"At least three government agencies have been the target of a major cyber spying campaign apparently by the russian government. We learned this week that hackers have been spying on the us departments of commerce treasury and even homeland security since the spring and officials say. It's likely there are more victims that haven't been revealed yet. The attackers got in by corrupting software. Updates from companies solar winds which provides network management tools to these agencies. Kim zetter is a cyber security journalist and author it. I mean it's definitely a big deal in terms of the scope and and the kind of attack this was. This is something that we call a supply chain attack so instead of the attackers going directly after their targets for instance finding of vulnerability in the commerce website or servers and going at them directly. They came at them in a sort of circuitous way and they went after software. The software company whose supplies them with the software and they injected malicious code into trusted code that this software company makes so it seems to have affected the departments of commerce treasury and department of homeland security. How big a deal does this seem like. It's going to be in terms of what hackers did. once i got on those systems. Were still learning about that. And it's probably going to take weeks possibly months. And so what we've learned. So far is they were monitoring email on systems in commerce department but with dhs dhs is helping to secure civilian government networks and also critical infrastructure in the private sector and that includes election systems. They have spent a lot of the last three years trying to help. State and local counties get up to speed on their security for the election so there is a potential there about learning about non-public intelligence about vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure and potentially in the election systems that. Dhs was trying to help. Secure right really does seem like no good can come of finding out that. Hackers have penetrated vhs in particular during our pandemic response and the lead up to the election. Do you have any concern that the people who are attempting to cast out on the result of this election will seize on this hack. Yes they already they are talking about. The dominion voting systems company. Which of course is featured prominently in the trump campaign's challenging the election results. And i have no doubt that we will see more of that. Trying to connect the dominion systems to these solar winds. Hack seems like nothing. Good can come of that either. Yeah i mean you know. We are in a perfect storm of all of this converging at a time when conspiracy. Theories run rampant. And there's a lot of mistrust and this just feed. That kim zetter is a cybersecurity journalist and author. This is where. I should note that dominion on monday stated unequivocally that it does not now and never has used the solar wind software that was used in these attacks

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Russian Hackers Suspected In Cyber Attack At Federal Agencies

THE NEWS with Anthony Davis

02:01 min | Last month

Russian Hackers Suspected In Cyber Attack At Federal Agencies

"Management software and thousands of companies. Were expected to do the same. The campaign came to light when a prominent cybersecurity firm i learned it had been breached fire. I would not say who. It suspected the many experts quickly suspected russia given the level of skill involved and alerted that foreign governments in major corporations will also compromised. Us authorities acknowledge that federal agencies will part of the breach on sunday the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency said that the widely used networks software. So lewin's had been compromised and should be removed from any system using it. The national cybersecurity agencies of britain and ireland issued similar alerts. Sola wins used by hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world including most fortune five hundred companies and multiple us federal agencies. The perpetrators were able to embed malware in a security update issued by the company based in austin texas. The washington post said. The attack was carried out by russian government. Hackers who go by the nicknames abt to nine or cozy bear an apart of that nation's foreign intelligence service federal agencies have long been attractive targets for foreign hackers looking to gain insight into american government personnel and policymaking electoral college gave joe biden a solid majority of votes yesterday confirming his victory in last month's election in state by state voting that took on and importance this year because of president donald trump's refusal to concede his loss california's fifty five electoral votes. Put bind an over the top clearing the two hundred seventy vote that affirmed. He will be. The nation's next president heightened security was in place in some states as electors met on the day established by

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U.S. Commerce Department confirms security "breach"

KNX In Depth with Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson

06:28 min | Last month

U.S. Commerce Department confirms security "breach"

"Found out about suspected Russian hackers breaking into computer networks at the Treasury and Commerce Department's over the weekend, but We now know those cyber attacks likely took place months ago and went undetected now the targets Of these hackers were vast. The Homeland Security Department was targeted, as were several private national security and defense contractors. Apparently all stems from the unwitting installation of a security updates installed on all these computers of the agencies that contains Malicious of back doors to let the hackers in. Laura Galante is founder and CEO of the cyber security firm Galanti Strategies formerly served as U. S Defense Intelligence Agency. So Laura in there for months, doesn't seem too comforting. Take us through what we need to know about this. Is this a pretty big breach? So not only is the Department of Commerce and the Treasury and a actually a cyber security company that I used to work for called Fire I, But this is including DHS. So the scope of this is large and Russian intelligence looks like the natural culprit and has come out here to be who's behind this. On. This does Harken back to the 2014 and 2015 espionage work that was done against the White House and State Department so not unprecedented, But this is textbook espionage. This is going after your key targets and government in trying to get information that could be used in policy in defense. This is the Russian government at work, doing the sort of espionage 101 that countries do, including the US against their targets. So now comes the question. Do we do it to them? The U. S certainly partakes in intelligence collection, right? But But here's the thing when spies are caught, whether whether it's human spy, or whether it's through operations like this hack against a government administration government departments. It's not like the victim government just sits back and says, Oh, it's just espionage, right? You there are consequences for spying. So, yes, This is in the sort of normal sphere of what capable governments do to one another. But it's not something that governments like done to them. And we're in a particularly precarious time right now between administrations under under normal political circumstances, But you know, here we are in a particularly contested transfer of power and unprecedented and Transfer of product Our That really leaves an opening for this sort of state sponsored espionage that we saw over the weekend. So if it's textbook, I mean espionage. Wanna one? How did we not see it coming? Or is it that eventually somebody always gets in no matter what you're doing. Well, there is a certain inevitability to this in that. You know when when you're on defense as a government agency or a company, you certainly have the short stick, toder fend and your adversary. In this case, a well funded and particularly capable espionage unit within the Russian government has the upper hand and being able to find vulnerabilities. And you mentioned how how it looks like Russian intelligence got in it was through. It's called solar winds. Its monitoring software with very high access privileges, administrative privileges on the networks of real key companies, Fortune 500, then also U. S government agency. So this is one where a determined adversary is going to get in. It's a matter of when. Not if. Um, that said, for this to go on for months is really where the investigation needs to focus. It looks like the vector was back in March or June of this year. So this is going on for a while in leaving this undetected for six months, I think is that is the scariest part of it. We should be able to detect and solar wind should have been able to detect this kind of breach earlier on so Do they Russians? That is, Do they really lock away with anything of great value, or did they do this? Simply to let us know that they can Well, that's a good question. There's there's two aims here. One is the psychological that that you're mentioning, which is the ability to say, Hey, we're able to get into any network. Whether it's you know, the Crown jewel agency or department within the US government, Um, you know, and get into privileged information. But there are key pieces of information that these Targets hold. If you drill down into aware that the hackers went to commerce, they targeted the National Telecom and Information Administration. Well, what happens in that administration? It's where the Internets administered from I can on day I can is, is where the domain names of the Internet or are registered, and I can has been a huge sore point Russian policy for over a decade now they've really wanted to find international control. For the administration of the Internet. So when you look into the target list, it really is a who's who, if you will of top targets in the U. S government that the Russians have been after at the Kremlin top policy level for years. It's kind of fascinating how they did it, I guess which, you know, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what you probably spent a lot of time thinking about causes your job, but it's not just you know what we see in the movies like I'm gonna type on this keyboard a whole bunch. And somehow get through your firewall, but they hit it in like the legitimate software updates. So of course I'm going to click. Okay. When my I T man tells me to and then they're in there for months because that's where they put it. Completely. You know, I hate to break it to you to your Hollywood mind. But you know, the reality is the best way for an adversary to get into a network is to make it boring, right? And in this week's exactly how you described it. You're you want to keep your software up today? That's what everyone's told you. And you should keep your software up today. Doing the right thing, right? Yeah, That's right. You are that you know, cyber hygiene, 101. But here's the thing. Russian intelligence has used this tactic before, and they used it in 2017 in the most expensive cyber attack of all time called not Petria. It was the same thing it was going after a software. Update turning it into a weapon. Malicious payload was put into the update. And then when all of the clients networks reached back for the update of that software there they were with a perfect backdoor into their network that the intelligence Russian intelligence was able to exploit. You

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U.S. Commerce Department confirms security "breach"

John Batchelor

00:38 sec | Last month

U.S. Commerce Department confirms security "breach"

"Keep control of the Senate. ABC is Rachel Scott. Sources confirmed to ABC News that the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked. A company providing software to the government agencies calls the cyber breach a highly sophisticated attack. Unclear what if anything, was taken. Our sources are telling us that Russian government is being looked at as the possible culprit. Authorities are aggressively investigating to figure out how this happened to make sure it can't continue into the future. We also are being told that the National Security Council has been advised and are aware FBI and Department of Homeland Security and other

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Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect

NewsNation

00:27 sec | Last month

Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect

"Hackers broke into the networks of federal agencies, including the Treasury and Commerce departments in attach revealed just days after US officials warn that cyber actors linked to the Russian government were exploiting vulnerabilities to target sensitive data. FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Cyber security arm are investigating what experts and former officials said, appeared to be a large scale penetration of U. S government agencies, The first of many covert 19

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US treasury and commerce departments targeted in cyber-attack

Kim Komando

00:17 sec | Last month

US treasury and commerce departments targeted in cyber-attack

"Past hour in the hacking of computers of the U. S Treasury Department and possibly other federal agencies. Source familiar with the investigation tells ABC News it was a sophisticated attack and that very few entities are capable of such agencies are looking into whether the Russian government was behind the breach.

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Russian hackers breach federal government, targeting multiple agencies

10 10 WINS 24 Hour News

00:24 sec | Last month

Russian hackers breach federal government, targeting multiple agencies

"The federal government under attack from hackers, The U. S Commerce Department confirmed today that it's been the victim of a data breach no further details except that the FBI and homeland security are now both investigating earlier there were reports that a cyber attack back by the Russian government had targeted commerce and other federal agencies. One report cited sources that said the hackers were monitoring email at the U. S. Treasury Department.

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Russian government spies are behind a hacking campaign that has breached U.S. agencies and a top cyber firm

Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia

00:26 sec | Last month

Russian government spies are behind a hacking campaign that has breached U.S. agencies and a top cyber firm

"Hackers who breached the fire I cyber security firm. Are behind a global espionage campaign that also compromised the Treasury and commerce departments and other government agencies, according to a Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The FBI's investigating the campaign by a hacking group working for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service or SVR, it's not clear what information was accessed.

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"russian government" Discussed on Mueller Report Audio

Mueller Report Audio

04:57 min | 2 months ago

"russian government" Discussed on Mueller Report Audio

"Children several participants were called the trump junior commented that trump is a private citizen and there was nothing they could do at that time. Trump junior also said that they could revisit the issue when they were in government notes. The manafort took on his phone. Reflect the general flow of the conversation. Although not all of its details at some point in the meeting kushner sentence i message demand manafort stating waste of time followed immediately by two separate emails to assistance kushner companies with requests. That they call him to give him an excuse to leave semenov recalled the kushner departed the meeting before it concluded the guy. I recalled the same when interviewed by the press in july twenty. Seventeen the cellnet sky is press interviews. Written statements to congress differ materially from other accounts in a july two thousand seventeen press interview. Cellmates guy claimed that she had no connection to the russian government and had not referred to any derogatory information concerning the clinton campaign when she met with trump campaign officials. Some guys november twenty seventeen written submission to the senate judiciary committee stated that the purpose of the june nine meeting was not to connect with the trump campaign but rather to have a private meeting with donald trump. junior a friend of my good acquaintances son. On the matter of assisting me or my colleagues in informing the congress members ask to the criminal nature of manipulation and interference with the legislative activities of the us congress in other words. Some guy acclaimed her focus was on congress and not the campaign no witness however recalled any reference to congress during the meeting the senate's guy also maintained that she attended the meeting as a lawyer of dennis cuts of the previously mentioned owner of But she did not introduce herself in this capacity in a july two thousand seventeen television interview trump junior stated that while he had no way to gauge the reliability credibility or accuracy of what goldstone had stated was the purpose of the meeting. If someone has information on our opponent maybe this is something. I should hear them out. Trump junior further stated in september two thousand. Seventeen congressional testimony. The he thought he should listen to what rob and his colleagues had to say. Depending on what if any information was provided trump junior stated he could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it any further consideration after the june nine meeting concluded. Goldstone apologize to trump junior. According to goldstone he told trump junior about half a line. Redacted citing grand jury and told 'em and agalarov a phone call that the meeting was about adoption about two lines redacted citing grand jury ariza golf asked cavalier to report in after the meeting but before cavaliers could call arras gallery called him with the guy next to him..

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U.S. charges Russian military hackers

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

09:26 min | 3 months ago

U.S. charges Russian military hackers

"A story for you. May Two thousand seventeen voters in France went to the polls to elect a new French president just like in our election the before then Russian intelligence agencies in the Russian government played hard in the French election that year russian-owned websites pushing outlandish rumours about the centrist candidate Emmanuel macron. Those rumors were then processed into pieces Russian state media outlets. macron's rival was a far right candidate named Marine Le Pen she had inherited from her Holocaust denying Father Control of Francis Post. World War Two Fascist Party. So it was the neo-fascist party running against macron. Lapenne far-right neo-fascist campaign was explicitly bankrolled by a Russian state controlled bank. Marine Le Pen went to Moscow and met with Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin during the campaign. This was not subtle. But it was. Too much for Russia to pass up a divisive racist far right fascist candidate injecting chaos into the elections in a major. European. Democracy in twenty seventeen that's like catnip to Russia. Right? They want to undermine democracy everywhere. They will undermine Western countries in general however they can. But Russia's saved its boldest move for the eve of that French. Just two days before the vote. Russian. Hackers part of the same Russian military unit that had disseminated hacked democratic emails during the twenty, sixteen American election the before. They dumped tens of thousands of files, online, nine gigabytes of stolen emails and other information all hacked from Emmanuel Macron's campaign, and that might have become the dominant news story of the final weekend of that campaign. Before French voters went to the polls. It might have actually ended up upending that election if it were not for a quirk of French law, which imposes a media blackout on anything relating to the campaign for full day before voting starts all the way through until polls close on election day. That blackout period in French law precedes this whole scandal with Russia messing with the French election. But it ended up saving the day. The material that was hacked by Russian intelligence got posted online and France just hours before media blackout period began just minutes before the blackout began at midnight that night the macron campaign issued a statement warning that the hackers had inserted forged fake documents into the hack stolen material they pleaded with the media to not report on that junk. And the media didn't. They stuck to the rules. And in the end, Emmanuel macron beat the far-right neo-fascist Marine Le Pen by more than thirty points. And there's a couple of reasons for us be thinking about sort of relearning the story of that. Two thousand seventeen French election right now one is that the intelligence community is raising the alarm that Russian intelligence is executing an operation just like the one they did in France on us right now the supposedly Biden scandal that Rudy Giuliani has been shopping the scandal he. Managed to get printed in the New York Post which president trump has been gleefully promoting ever since including posing with a copy of that paper in the Oval Office that junk that Giuliani has been promoting is being actively investigated by federal investigators as potentially part of a hostile foreign influence operation illegally targeting our election and the intelligence community is investigating this Johnny on the spot. In part because they saw this coming in advance, this is in the New York Times last week quote, The Times reported last January the Ukrainian company were Hunter Biden was once on the Board respond had been hacked by the same Russian Intelligence Unit that hacked the Democratic National Committee in two thousand, sixteen last month US intelligence analysts contracted several people with knowledge of that hack. Asking them for further information because they picked up chatter that stolen burris, my emails would be leaked in the form of an October surprise among their chief concerns was that the burris material would be leaked alongside forged materials and it it's to hurt Biden's candidacy as Russian. Hackers did when they dumped real e mails alongside forgeries ahead of the French elections in two thousand seventeen. So that's what they did to Macron in two, thousand, seventeen they hacked all install all of this stuff from his campaign than they mixed it up with Ford stuffing dumped it right before the election. That's what the US intelligence community said. They believed was going to happen with Barista and sort of October surprise firm Rudy Giuliani. Thank right on time Rudy Giuliani shows up some emails from a mysterious source that are totally unverified and unverified able and only one Rupert Murdoch owned right wing tabloid will air that junk. Put it in their paper. So. That's one reason. The Russian operation in the two thousand, seventeen French election newly relevant to our lives right now, the Russians may be trying that exact same trick all over again except we don't have media blackout rules. The other reason that that two thousand seventeen Russian operation in France is newly relevant. Is that the guys who did it just got indicted by the US Justice Department today? Here they are the Russian military intelligence hackers who carried out that operation to interfere in the French election in two thousand seventeen the Justice Department says in the indictment today that these guys also launched major malware and hacking operations that shut down the power grid in Ukraine that hit the parliament in the nation of Georgia that chemical weapons investigators in the UK and Europe who were looking into the Russian poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei scruple who was poisoned with a Russian nerve agent on British territory they say, they also orchestrated hacks that hit hospitals in companies. In the United States. They also organize tax that hit the two thousand eighteen winter Olympics quite a list. And? Although. One of the Russian hacker that was indicted today was previously indicted by Robert Muller in two thousand eighteen for his role in the hacking operation against the twenty sixteen election here in the US, today's indictment of these Russian hackers doesn't include any charges related to American election interference this year. That said the election. The American election is two weeks from tomorrow. It's hard to look today's indictment without trying to understand how it relates to our own election and what the Justice Department is trying to signal here. Is that the right way to look at this. Joining us now is Jeremy Bash. He served as chief of staff at the CIA and at the Defense Department under President Obama Jeremy Nice to see. Thanks for making time. It, Rachel. So, this is a lot. Going on the surprise announcement today from the Justice Department about the indictment of these Russian hackers when you look at this with your background in intelligence and your understanding of what Russia has done to target our democracy and others. What do you think is most important here for people to understand. Well I think was most important is that the GRU this Russian military organization that was responsible for the two thousand Sixteen Hacking Dump Operation Against the Democrats that was responsible for the two thousand seventeen election appearance in France as you noted, and is responsible for these militias cyber attacks globally including, against us, hospitals and. They are very active. They're very capable and they are in fact probably behind this this Russian. Intelligence operation at least a looks and appears to be Russian intelligence operation targeting the Biden campaign. Last. Week Andrew Weisman, who is part of the Miller investigation wrote in Law Fair about the decision that was made by bill bar earlier this year this spring to drop criminal charges against Russian companies that had participated in the attack on our election in two thousand sixteen and that didn't actually get a lot of attention when it happened in March I think in part because the country was overwhelmed by what was starting to happen to us in terms of covid why spent makes the case that before may have acted essentially improperly in dismissing those charges essentially signaling to Russia that the. US Criminal Law wouldn't be used against them as a tool if they wanted to interfere in the election this year I'm wondering if this might be a signal in the other direction, if this might be some sort of signal to brushback rush intelligence ahead of what appears to be their ongoing efforts to boost trump in his reelection effort. Hartono, racial. But what we do know is that there are mixed signals being sent by the US government here. Today we have the Justice Department indicting Russian hackers, but you've got the president of the United States welcoming condoning what looks apparently like a Russian intelligence operation targeting the Biden campaign remember Rachel that Rudy Giuliani. In Kiev, with Andrei Dirk Catch Ukrainian lawmaker who has been assessed by US intelligence and announced by our Treasury Department to be a Russian asset for the last decade. Giuliani goes to Kiev meets with Dir cash and he comes back and low these many months later, Giuliani surfaces up with these a very mysterious emails. So every Intelligence Professional Rachel that I've talked to the last twenty four hours says that this walks like a Russian intelligence disinformation campaign this talks like a Russian intelligence to information campaign. This is most likely Russian intelligence is permission campaign against the Biden team.

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Nerve Agent Was Used to Poison Navalny, Chemical Weapons Body Confirms

Not Too Shabby

00:20 sec | 3 months ago

Nerve Agent Was Used to Poison Navalny, Chemical Weapons Body Confirms

"Weapons has confirmed that the Russian opposition activists, Alexei Navalny was poisoned with another choc type nerve agent. It pointed to the similarities between traces in his urine and blood samples and chemical weapons on the banned list. The Russian government has denied any involvement. Prosecutors in

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Mueller prosecutor says special counsel 'could have done more' to hold Trump accountable

The Daily 202's Big Idea

04:42 min | 4 months ago

Mueller prosecutor says special counsel 'could have done more' to hold Trump accountable

"A former top prosecutor on special counsel Bob Miller's team writes in a new. Tell all book where law ends that the Group failed to fully investigate trump's financial ties and should have stated explicitly in their report that they believed he obstructed justice. Andrew Weissmann claims that Muller's efforts were limited by the ever present threat of trump disbanding their office and by their own reluctance to be aggressive against a sitting president. The team made sure it's work was logged into a computer system in a way so that it would be preserved if trump got rid of Mueller but Weissmann says the pressure caused them to pull punches. He likens it to a sword of Damocles hanging over all of their investigative decisions, leading them at certain times to act much less forcefully and more defensively than they would have if they were investigating anyone but the president. Weisman says it led them to delay and ultimately forego entire lines of inquiry though were quite promising particularly regarding this president financial ties to Russia. This bothered him deeply because in America no one is supposed to be above the law not even the president here is a key paragraph from Weisman's new book which comes out next week, and which we got an early copy of he writes quote. We still do not know if there are other financial ties between the president and either the Russian government or Russian oligarchs. We do not know whether he paid bribes to foreign officials to secure favourable treatment for his business interests a potential violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That would provide leverage against the president. We do not know if he had other Russian business deals in the works at the time he was running for president how they might have aided or constrained his campaign or. Even if they are continuing to influence his presidency. Weisman was considered one of the top prosecutors at the justice, department had been a senior supervisor before Muller brought him onto his team. Now he teaches it Nyu law school in the book. Whitesman lays particular blame on Muller's number two errands assembly for stopping investigators from taking a broader look at trump's finances and he writes that he wonders whether investigators quote gave it their all Weisman lambasts attorney general bill bar for among other things giving the public a deeply misleading four-page summary of Moore's work before the full report was released publicly. bowlers report was far more damning than the anodyne description that bar put out. It was upon reading bars misleading four-page memo that Weisman decided yet moral obligation to write this book. Weisman is critical of Molar himself for not stating plainly that he concluded trump obstructed justice which Weisman says the evidence clearly shows Weissmann said in an interview on Monday with my colleagues Matt Sabotage and Spencer Sue that he told more, he would have stated that conclusion in the teams final report. More. Critically, Weisman complains how he felt more was wrong not to green light issuing a subpoena for trump's testimony, and he also details how he personally pressed the special counsel repeatedly to do so. The office also declined to compel testimony from the President's son Donald Trump Junior, or even to seek an interview with first daughter Ivanka trump who was involved in a lot of the potential misconduct described in the final report. Weisman's primary task was to lead the team called Team N, which investigated former trump campaign chairman Paul manafort for financial crimes in hopes that he'd flip to become a useful witness another team team are was tasked with exploring whether the trump campaign had coordinated with Russia to influence the election and another team six hundred was tasked with exploring whether trump had obstructed justice. Weisman is critical of that ladder team teams six hundred saying that an FBI agent assigned to it complained to him that it was quote pulling its punches and shooting down her views. And weisman alleges that its leader Mike driven another veteran former prosecutor. Confided in him privately that he would not have been. So mealy mouthed about saying the president had obstructed Justice Weisman's says driven. told him quote if you and I were in charge this is not how it would read. I should say here that Zebedee Moeller Andrew even did not respond to our requests for comment about what said about them in the book.

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Berlin hospital: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition has improved, he can briefly leave bed

WTOP 24 Hour News

02:35 min | 4 months ago

Berlin hospital: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition has improved, he can briefly leave bed

"Treating Russian opposition. Leader Alexei Navalny say his condition has improved. He's off the ventilator and able to leave his bed briefly at a hospital in Berlin, Putin has emerged or I'm sorry. Now Bonnie has emerged as Putin's Vladimir Putin's biggest opponent, and there's new information today concerning his poisoning. Joining US live W T O P. NATIONAL security correspondent J. J. Green J. J. Some new evidence has surfaced, leaving little doubt that the Russian government was behind the poisoning. Tell us exactly what this is, That's right. In publication called his Eat last week. They reported late in the week, and we've been looking into it since then, and talking with a number of sources in Europe and here as well. And there apparently, is something to it. What they said was Navalny was poisoned with a quote new variant of the chemical weapon. No, Me Chuck and that variant, they say it's something that was previously unknown to the rest of the world. It is said to be more vicious and more deadly than all known offshoots of the Nova Chuck family, which makes the decision of those pilots to land the plane that he got sick on before its scheduled arrival in Moscow. All the more important in saving his life when I does this point to Russia on Lee Global intelligence and sources have been telling us for decades that the Russian intelligence apparatus created this weapon back in the seventies and eighties. During the Cold War on Ly Russian intelligence services could have carried this out. This is what German intelligence is saying today that on ly Russian intelligence could have done this. With such a lethal and complex poison, they say, and they sight more details about this, saying this means that there's still producing it. There's still using it and it's still evolving, which is a very dangerous thing. Now. Today we understand that Vladimir Putin was put on the spot by French President Macron and asked about the situation. What did Putin have to say? Interesting. Putin did not address whether or not Russia did this or not. He was asked about Russia's involvement in this and he told my crone, we have nothing to say about it. That doesn't say we didn't do it. That doesn't mean we weren't involved. Somehow. That doesn't mean this didn't come from Russia. What he said was, we have nothing to say about it. And that is a very loud statement to the world. That is a lot more than what one might think is a denial. This is a very loud statement and folks are taking it that way. All right, J. J thanks,

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"russian government" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

02:56 min | 11 months ago

"russian government" Discussed on KTOK

"With the Russian government to influence the election is that true in any way shape manner or form Julian Assange's answer that is absolutely false and if you read their statements carefully goes on to give a more detailed as I put this up on Twitter if you want to watch the whole interview and then I go back again can you say to the American people unequivocally you didn't get this information about the DNC Podesta's emails can you tell the American people a thousand percent he did not get it from Russia yes meeting go to Russia or anybody associated with Russia answer we can say and we have said repeatedly over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government is not a state party and I I went back even more times asking Linda how many times I go back on this thing I went back again and again and again now here's my point okay they want to go after Juliana signage but the espionage act I might all hello Hillary is top secret classified our information on her secret server why don't we go after her how come we have this dole justice system we have somebody that we know bought and paid for a dirty Russian dossier to influence the twenty sixteen election all the things they're saying I guess it's in this extradition hearing about Julian a son Lee's Julian a son I did ask him at one point how does he view himself you know do you think you are a journalist what we know what is what do you think your role is armed and I hear but I asked about other things have you ever talked any surrogates of the trump campaign now have you ever talked to put no trump no any of his targets now not one no his report you may have talked to somebody is associated with the campaign Roger stone no that's false I mean we asked all the questions and then I said well how do you view yourself are you a journalist you view this as reporting and his answer was well there's a difference which is our materials better presented etcetera etcetera he likes to put out a whole information is what are you saying here the public responded to it more than say The New York Times that's interesting The New York Times and I think it has everything to do with the Pentagon paper case and and that's what the Washington post and The New York Times the Pentagon papers a series of documents put together about the Vietnam War and the publishing of a series from page articles based on the information that came from the Pentagon papers is a landmark six three decision of the U. S. Supreme Court this was a big deal ruling that the government had failed to prove there was any harm to national security in the publication of papers justified under the first amendment's protection of freedom of the press well this Hillary Clinton get that we have a dual justice system that is the biggest problem.

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"russian government" Discussed on 106.1 FM WTKK

106.1 FM WTKK

03:26 min | 11 months ago

"russian government" Discussed on 106.1 FM WTKK

"With the Russian government to influence the election is that true in any way shape manner or form Julian Assange's answer that is absolutely false and if you read their statements carefully goes on to give a more detailed as I put this up on Twitter if you want to watch the whole interview and then I go back again can you say to the American people unequivocally you didn't get this information about the DNC Podesta's emails can you tell the American people a thousand percent he did not get it from Russia yes meeting go to Russia or anybody associated with Russia answer we can say and we have said repeatedly over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government is not a state party and I I went back even more times asking Linda how many times I go back on this line I went back again and again and again now here's my point okay they want to go after Juliana signage for the espionage act I might all hello Hillary is top secret classified our information on her secret server why don't we go after her how come we have there's still justice system we have somebody that we know bought and paid for a dirty Russian dossier to influence the twenty sixteen election all the things they're saying I guess it's in this extradition hearing about Julian the son lease Julian a son I did ask him at one point how does he view himself you know do you think you are a journalist what we know what is what do you think your role is armed and I hear but I asked about other things have you ever talked any surrogates of the trump campaign now have you ever talked to put no trump no any of his targets now not one no this report you may have talked to somebody is associated with the campaign Roger stone no that's false I mean we asked all the questions and then I said well how do you view yourself are you a journalist you view this as reporting and his answer was well there's a difference which is our materials better presented at center at center he likes to put out a whole information is what are you saying here the public responded to it more than say The New York Times that's interesting The New York Times and I think it has everything to do with the Pentagon paper case and and that's when the Washington post and The New York Times the Pentagon papers a series of documents put together about the Vietnam War and the publishing of a series from page articles based on the information that came from the Pentagon papers is a landmark six three decision of the U. S. Supreme Court this was a big deal ruling that the government had failed to prove there was any harm to national security in the publication of papers justified under the first amendment's protection of freedom of the press well this Hillary Clinton get that we have a dual justice system that is the biggest problem news Sean Hannity show talking about what's right for America whether renewed commitment to keep you up to date on the breaking news stories nobody thinks twice about getting a second opinion on a doctor for a lawyer what about.

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"russian government" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

77WABC Radio

01:59 min | 11 months ago

"russian government" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

"To it Monday night you want to watch anymore it's just easy to to just press record it's just that I never thought I swear to god I I I mean about probably know how to do it I I just never done it it is it's very consistent with me because I always get weird I don't eat for much of the wife and kids are like plays a tech savvy don't they know okay real cable but you can you see the stealing stuff on the Russian government okay he could tape AMO he so yeah he could say at a press the R. button and then it pops up on the screen and you hit another button select and you record the shows he uses that simple but you're right you make it sound simple but his rockets as it is I don't want to stop once it's there and I also never do this you on never ever ever gonna see me walk out and I know this is on Jewish you never get a single kind of a restaurant with a paper bag I I refused to eat food the next day or days later that I had in a restaurant we heated and I do I do that all the time what do you do I I did take my food usually when I go out to eat with people you want to take it home the reason why I like to go out is because the like to drink what will the socialize with people over a cocktail mixers soul order the food okay I'll continue to drink all right maybe a bite or two because once you start eating the drinking really is over what messes up you're right it does everything you can't do that yeah so I don't do it so I get get the food in a bag okay continues find of I don't drink and then when I was drinking a unit all that makes sense drink anymore so I when I go out to eat I go to eat so what's the principle behind the principales if it's used the food was already been eaten the TV shows only been on the air I I can't I can't go back to it after that I can go back and watch something that's already there to kick a hold and eat something I've already eaten I can't do this okay I feel no drugs no jokes this is a family.

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"russian government" Discussed on Worldly

Worldly

13:36 min | 1 year ago

"russian government" Discussed on Worldly

"So you may have seen a strange and totally disturbing headline this week. Just that the entire Russian government resigned Including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a whole host of other top level officials. Now this doesn't mean that Vladimir Putin's regime gene is over in fact quite the opposite. We're GONNA talk about this week on worldly part of the VOX media. podcast network are the ways in which should setting up plan for succession for someone coming after Vladimir Prudent for Putin to take over in a different role. I'm ZAC beach in here. Is Always with generalize outward hit him. Hey what's going on. We are also here with dre. Kendall Taylor Taylor who is a senior fellow at the Center for new American Security very well-known Russia expert and particularly authored a paper on regime succession. Some really happy. Happy that she's here happy to be with you so I have to tell you guys. I was running a little bit late this morning. And part of that is that I had a dream last night. That and this is real. This is all real That I shot Vladimir Putin accidentally well visiting Russia and it didn't go over well with the Russian government and it was quite disturbing and so overslept alarm and kind of freaked out. I think even over. We're preparing for the PODCAST. A podcast stress the Russians. Back by making you late somehow in your dream no. I was just so stressed out when I woke up. Because because I'd difficulty differentiating reality dreamland. That I like overslept by alarm I looked at I was like okay. What's going on and then filled later? So you shooting. Putin could be a reality for you and your mind. It seems like I was in a shootout John. Krasinski was there. It was really cared that you didn't actually shoot Putin power correct. That's actually the thrust of this episode shows our guest Andrea. I want to start with you. Tell US exactly what these reforms reforms quote Putin proposed this week might do I think the most important change was Putin's announcement about pretty radical changes to the constitution That would shift power away from the presidency towards the parliament. I think quite notably he also talked about strengthening this kind of relatively sleepy almost defunct a funk State Council which I think gives some clues about maybe what Putin is planning so basically. He's announce these constitutional changes not only. Did he shift power or away from the president towards the parliament but there were some other rules about any future. President can only serve two terms so at the end of the twelve years. That's it taking away. Those consecutive terms as we know Putin served two terms stepped out and then was back that will be no more and there was another interesting reform to that. Talked about about Any future president has to have had lived in Russia for twenty five consecutive years. Not hold any resident permits. So he's basically saying no. The future president in Russia will not be Alexei. Navalny or Koepke or anyone like that so in many ways just like you said these changes should be interpreted as setting up Putin Hooton to continue to rule Russia for the foreseeable future. Okay and that's kind of what I wanted to know is like if you look at this on paper. It seems like you know he's Setting up term limits. So it looks like he would then be kicked out. He's expected to. He's supposed to step down in two thousand twenty four that's when his term is up and he's giving more power word of the parliament. Can you kind of just explain 'cause like when I just look at this on paper. It looks like he's giving away power right. It looks like he's you know. Moving power away from the presidency toward for the parliament telling the parliament that they can pick new prime minister. You just kind of explain how that actually may extend his power. Because I think just looking at it. It's a little confusing. Yes so we would the one thing that we were all expecting that Putin would do something. I think. That's the timing of this caught everyone by surprise rave but we've known for a long time that Putin's his consecutive term limits expired twenty twenty four so he was going to have to do something people expected he would do something that would enable him to continue to rule and so now he's creating a Russia currently under this nineteen ninety-three constitution has a very strong executive branch. It's a very very strong presidential system. The previous President Boris Yeltsin wasn't really able to ever to fully leverage the powers that that constitution gave him but Putin obviously has been quite effective at fully exploiting the powers that are are pro allowed under the nineteen ninety-three constitution so Putin now is basically saying like there will never be another president as strong as I am and so he you know. Oh He's come a long he has taken Russia out of that. Very turbulent transition wave after the fall of the Soviet Union and he basically wants to to create a system that is less allows for less concentration of power So no one can really benefit the way that he did He is then changing and shifting power towards the parliament and I think than the expectation would be that President Putin would shift he would move over and serve of either as prime minister or he would take over as head of the State Council and I think the the thing. That's interesting is that there is some precedent for this. And so you if you look at Turkey you for example I was Kinda thought about this as like an Air John but in reverse Amazon had served as prime minister for something like eleven years and then through change the constitution to make for a strong presidential system step down as prime minister was elected to President and now he's able to continue to rule there so that's one one option he's moved powers president. Putin now has moved these powers towards the parliament so he could step in his prime minister or I think the most likely option in my mind seems names that he will step into this role as head of the State Council and be able to rule from there and again. There's another precedent when you look Kazakhstan and so that's something that we saw just as recently as twenty eighteen and I think was probably something that Putin was watching very closely and so they are nozzle by was president for almost thirty years. changed his constitution to empower. This new you know. He stepped in as head of the Security Council empowered that gave it more powers stepped in in there and allowed his successor to rule so I think he was watching that quite closely. He's basically setting up a new system shifting power to an area where he would be able to. Let's stop in and continue to control an influence domestic and foreign policy. I don't know until the end. No like the obvious question or at least that I have thinking about this is is why doesn't Putin. Just change the constitution to get rid of term limits and stay informal power and my understanding is that there are real concerns about popular backlash in that world right. He is at a relatively low ebb. popularity-wise Americans are used to thinking of Putin is being spoiler strongman but in actuality the economy's not doing very well. Well it seems like just cemented. His time as a fallen authoritarian would risk some kind of more direct backlash from the Russian populations that wrong. No I think that's exactly right even stepping back before yesterday I mean there were. He basically had a couple of options disposal. That would allow him to stay on one option. One would be he could pick a successor handpicked. Someone step down fade into the to the background in allow successor to run in elections and continue on That's a model. We've seen in some authoritarian regimes. It hasn't worked out that well. There are some really cool political science research that shows when an incumbent authoritarian regime doesn't actually stand in elections that the opposition than has a much higher chance of winning so we saw that for example in Kenya when Moi stepped down his chosen successor Kibaki lost elections Another highly personalized authoritarian regime in Ghana. Jerry Rawlings did the same thing. His handpicked successor. reince stepped in ran in elections in lost their so. That is something that looks like. That's probably not in the cards for Putin. The the the other option that as is as you rightly said is that he could have just abolish term limits. And that's what we saw in China Xi Jinping. He did that very early in his term to set up the situation where he could be ruler for life and and it is interesting. That honestly what. I expected what happened. I thought that Putin would find a way to change term limits in stay on In part because there's also kind of a global trend towards that happening we're seeing leaders across Africa and also all across the globe. There's been an increasing incidence of leaders who using referendum or other kind of legalistic mechanisms demonstrating that it's the will of the popular vote to legitimize the action that they are extending term limits so in in all honesty. That's what I thought would happen but this is another what we're seeing now. This shifting powers to a different is a constitutional change of another kind. That seems I think. Think a little bit less outrageous a little less egregious probably from popular perspective. It is interesting that Putin van will take this to a referendum. We've heard now. Oh By may first. Because he is he he does want to try to legitimize these actions but I think the the term limit extensions probably would have been seen by Russians Russians as unacceptable. He did face when he stepped back into office. In twenty twelve those huge street protests. And so I think that was probably top of mind for him too so the timing of this. This actually is what's fascinating to me because basically anyone who's the thing about this including you came early right and so I think one of the reasons that I should say before I continue is that I talked to a friend of ours read standish who's a journalist Moscow so anything I say the smartest probably likely because of him But the the doing this early was one to to stop a popular backlash to make sure that there weren't those big protests that we've seen so far but another one is that he's trying to set the table Oh for the important Duma elections in twenty twenty one the lower being the president. It's a lower house of parliament and where that's where they're going to need to ratify a lot outta these changes and so having a year plus ish to work on this to signal that this is what Putin wants the kind of system emme wants. It gives him time to lean on a lot of these lawmakers which shouldn't be that hard gas but also to just kind of set the table for what's happening And I'm also wondering 'cause there have been some reports of infighting within the government that there have been some elites who have been trying to. I've been thinking about well. What does life after Putin look like? And they've been sort of jockeying and fighting for position and maybe trying to get ahead and I wonder if this is Putin like slapping his kids you know and just stop it. I'm going to be here for a while and you guys need to stop infighting and just kind of get along with the package. It's it's I mean Putin is a smart tactician. This seems like a really good sort of just political move and also public relations move And I think he's learned the lessons lessons of the past couple of years. Yeah I think it's incredibly smart it. It seems like it's relatively well played and now it seems obvious. You know obviously hindsight that this was something that is planned in part because because of the the way that it latches up with the Duma elections like you mentioned but there is something to be said that the timing came as a total surprise that what happened the substance of what happens opens isn't necessarily surprising but the timing. I think caught almost everybody by surprise. And you are right to note that this is taking place amid the context of a lot of in-fighting. I mean I think you can kind of think back to what it was like In around two thousand eight when no one knew what Putin was going to do them. The level of infighting is really intense hence. And there's been a lot of as you said elites jockeying for position using laws going after each other trying to eliminate opposition so the elite infighting has been intense and and also the public dissatisfaction. When you look at Putin's public approval ratings are down back towards the sixties down from upper eighties after the sixties? That's love love. Hello or the illegal annexation of Crimea. His public approval rating was in the high eighties. And so in this you know he's down around sixty three percent at the moment and so having kind kind of this elite intense in-fighting high levels of public dissatisfaction. I think when you look forward. I don't think that any of that was going to is likely to get any better. So certainly from an economic economic perspective Russia's economy is expected to grow more than one two percent of GDP. So I think if you're Putin you're looking forward. None of the elites are jockeying because there's all of of this uncertainty looming about what his future is going to be. The economy isn't gate set to to improve by any means. And so he does it now. I think to avoid having the pressure build up to twenty twenty four. If you're in authority leader particularly a highly personalized one like Putin leadership transitions and succession are really scary. Times and they have to be managed carefully and so to do it now. I think is in large part because because of the context of the discontent from the from the public and it is interesting. Like you said gives Russia time Putin time ahead of the twenty twenty one Duma elections because those those I think now will be a really are key I right now. The United Russia the party that Supports Putin Putin isn't the head of the party which I think is really interesting but kind of brush off a little bit because their popularity is suffering as well but it you know right now they hold a two thirds majority in the Duma which allows them to do all sorts of things and so I think having that majority continue in twenty twenty one is going to be critical for allowing Putin's plans to unfold smoothly early..

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"So you may have seen a strange and totally disturbing headline this week. Just that the entire Russian government resigned Including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a whole host of other top level officials. Now this doesn't mean that Vladimir Putin's regime gene is over in fact quite the opposite. We're GONNA talk about this week on worldly part of the VOX media. podcast network are the ways in which should setting up plan for succession for someone coming after Vladimir Prudent for Putin to take over in a different role. I'm ZAC beach in here. Is Always with generalize outward hit him. Hey what's going on. We are also here with dre. Kendall Taylor Taylor who is a senior fellow at the Center for new American Security very well-known Russia expert and particularly authored a paper on regime succession. Some really happy. Happy that she's here happy to be with you so I have to tell you guys. I was running a little bit late this morning. And part of that is that I had a dream last night. That and this is real. This is all real That I shot Vladimir Putin accidentally well visiting Russia and it didn't go over well with the Russian government and it was quite disturbing and so overslept alarm and kind of freaked out. I think even over. We're preparing for the PODCAST. A podcast stress the Russians. Back by making you late somehow in your dream no. I was just so stressed out when I woke up. Because because I'd difficulty differentiating reality dreamland. That I like overslept by alarm I looked at I was like okay. What's going on and then filled later? So you shooting. Putin could be a reality for you and your mind. It seems like I was in a shootout John. Krasinski was there. It was really cared that you didn't actually shoot Putin power correct. That's actually the thrust of this episode shows our guest Andrea. I want to start with you. Tell US exactly what these reforms reforms quote Putin proposed this week might do I think the most important change was Putin's announcement about pretty radical changes to the constitution That would shift power away from the presidency towards the parliament. I think quite notably he also talked about strengthening this kind of relatively sleepy almost defunct a funk State Council which I think gives some clues about maybe what Putin is planning so basically. He's announce these constitutional changes not only. Did he shift power or away from the president towards the parliament but there were some other rules about any future. President can only serve two terms so at the end of the twelve years. That's it taking away. Those consecutive terms as we know Putin served two terms stepped out and then was back that will be no more and there was another interesting reform to that. Talked about about Any future president has to have had lived in Russia for twenty five consecutive years. Not hold any resident permits. So he's basically saying no. The future president in Russia will not be Alexei. Navalny or Koepke or anyone like that so in many ways just like you said these changes should be interpreted as setting up Putin Hooton to continue to rule Russia for the foreseeable future. Okay and that's kind of what I wanted to know is like if you look at this on paper. It seems like you know he's Setting up term limits. So it looks like he would then be kicked out. He's expected to. He's supposed to step down in two thousand twenty four that's when his term is up and he's giving more power word of the parliament. Can you kind of just explain 'cause like when I just look at this on paper. It looks like he's giving away power right. It looks like he's you know. Moving power away from the presidency toward for the parliament telling the parliament that they can pick new prime minister. You just kind of explain how that actually may extend his power. Because I think just looking at it. It's a little confusing. Yes so we would the one thing that we were all expecting that Putin would do something. I think. That's the timing of this caught everyone by surprise rave but we've known for a long time that Putin's his consecutive term limits expired twenty twenty four so he was going to have to do something people expected he would do something that would enable him to continue to rule and so now he's creating a Russia currently under this nineteen ninety-three constitution has a very strong executive branch. It's a very very strong presidential system. The previous President Boris Yeltsin wasn't really able to ever to fully leverage the powers that that constitution gave him but Putin obviously has been quite effective at fully exploiting the powers that are are pro allowed under the nineteen ninety-three constitution so Putin now is basically saying like there will never be another president as strong as I am and so he you know. Oh He's come a long he has taken Russia out of that. Very turbulent transition wave after the fall of the Soviet Union and he basically wants to to create a system that is less allows for less concentration of power So no one can really benefit the way that he did He is then changing and shifting power towards the parliament and I think than the expectation would be that President Putin would shift he would move over and serve of either as prime minister or he would take over as head of the State Council and I think the the thing. That's interesting is that there is some precedent for this. And so you if you look at Turkey you for example I was Kinda thought about this as like an Air John but in reverse Amazon had served as prime minister for something like eleven years and then through change the constitution to make for a strong presidential system step down as prime minister was elected to President and now he's able to continue to rule there so that's one one option he's moved powers president. Putin now has moved these powers towards the parliament so he could step in his prime minister or I think the most likely option in my mind seems names that he will step into this role as head of the State Council and be able to rule from there and again. There's another precedent when you look Kazakhstan and so that's something that we saw just as recently as twenty eighteen and I think was probably something that Putin was watching very closely and so they are nozzle by was president for almost thirty years. changed his constitution to empower. This new you know. He stepped in as head of the Security Council empowered that gave it more powers stepped in in there and allowed his successor to rule so I think he was watching that quite closely. He's basically setting up a new system shifting power to an area where he would be able to. Let's stop in and continue to control an influence domestic and foreign policy. I don't know until the end. No like the obvious question or at least that I have thinking about this is is why doesn't Putin. Just change the constitution to get rid of term limits and stay informal power and my understanding is that there are real concerns about popular backlash in that world right. He is at a relatively low ebb. popularity-wise Americans are used to thinking of Putin is being spoiler strongman but in actuality the economy's not doing very well. Well it seems like just cemented. His time as a fallen authoritarian would risk some kind of more direct backlash from the Russian populations that wrong. No I think that's exactly right even stepping back before yesterday I mean there were. He basically had a couple of options disposal. That would allow him to stay on one option. One would be he could pick a successor handpicked. Someone step down fade into the to the background in allow successor to run in elections and continue on That's a model. We've seen in some authoritarian regimes. It hasn't worked out that well. There are some really cool political science research that shows when an incumbent authoritarian regime doesn't actually stand in elections that the opposition than has a much higher chance of winning so we saw that for example in Kenya when Moi stepped down his chosen successor Kibaki lost elections Another highly personalized authoritarian regime in Ghana. Jerry Rawlings did the same thing. His handpicked successor. reince stepped in ran in elections in lost their so. That is something that looks like. That's probably not in the cards for Putin. The the the other option that as is as you rightly said is that he could have just abolish term limits. And that's what we saw in China Xi Jinping. He did that very early in his term to set up the situation where he could be ruler for life and and it is interesting. That honestly what. I expected what happened. I thought that Putin would find a way to change term limits in stay on In part because there's also kind of a global trend towards that happening we're seeing leaders across Africa and also all across the globe. There's been an increasing incidence of leaders who using referendum or other kind of legalistic mechanisms demonstrating that it's the will of the popular vote to legitimize the action that they are extending term limits so in in all honesty. That's what I thought would happen but this is another what we're seeing now. This shifting powers to a different is a constitutional change of another kind. That seems I think. Think a little bit less outrageous a little less egregious probably from popular perspective. It is interesting that Putin van will take this to a referendum. We've heard now. Oh By may first. Because he is he he does want to try to legitimize these actions but I think the the term limit extensions probably would have been seen by Russians Russians as unacceptable. He did face when he stepped back into office. In twenty twelve those huge street protests. And so I think that was probably top of mind for him too so the timing of this. This actually is what's fascinating to me because basically anyone who's the thing about this including you came early right and so I think one of the reasons that I should say before I continue is that I talked to a friend of ours read standish who's a journalist Moscow so anything I say the smartest probably likely because of him But the the doing this early was one to to stop a popular backlash to make sure that there weren't those big protests that we've seen so far but another one is that he's trying to set the table Oh for the important Duma elections in twenty twenty one the lower being the president. It's a lower house of parliament and where that's where they're going to need to ratify a lot outta these changes and so having a year plus ish to work on this to signal that this is what Putin wants the kind of system emme wants. It gives him time to lean on a lot of these lawmakers which shouldn't be that hard gas but also to just kind of set the table for what's happening And I'm also wondering 'cause there have been some reports of infighting within the government that there have been some elites who have been trying to. I've been thinking about well. What does life after Putin look like? And they've been sort of jockeying and fighting for position and maybe trying to get ahead and I wonder if this is Putin like slapping his kids you know and just stop it. I'm going to be here for a while and you guys need to stop infighting and just kind of get along with the package. It's it's I mean Putin is a smart tactician. This seems like a really good sort of just political move and also public relations move And I think he's learned the lessons lessons of the past couple of years. Yeah I think it's incredibly smart it. It seems like it's relatively well played and now it seems obvious. You know obviously hindsight that this was something that is planned in part because because of the the way that it latches up with the Duma elections like you mentioned but there is something to be said that the timing came as a total surprise that what happened the substance of what happens opens isn't necessarily surprising but the timing. I think caught almost everybody by surprise. And you are right to note that this is taking place amid the context of a lot of in-fighting. I mean I think you can kind of think back to what it was like In around two thousand eight when no one knew what Putin was going to do them. The level of infighting is really intense hence. And there's been a lot of as you said elites jockeying for position using laws going after each other trying to eliminate opposition so the elite infighting has been intense and and also the public dissatisfaction. When you look at Putin's public approval ratings are down back towards the sixties down from upper eighties after the sixties? That's love love. Hello or the illegal annexation of Crimea. His public approval rating was in the high eighties. And so in this you know he's down around sixty three percent at the moment and so having kind kind of this elite intense in-fighting high levels of public dissatisfaction. I think when you look forward. I don't think that any of that was going to is likely to get any better. So certainly from an economic economic perspective Russia's economy is expected to grow more than one two percent of GDP. So I think if you're Putin you're looking forward. None of the elites are jockeying because there's all of of this uncertainty looming about what his future is going to be. The economy isn't gate set to to improve by any means. And so he does it now. I think to avoid having the pressure build up to twenty twenty four. If you're in authority leader particularly a highly personalized one like Putin leadership transitions and succession are really scary. Times and they have to be managed carefully and so to do it now. I think is in large part because because of the context of the discontent from the from the public and it is interesting. Like you said gives Russia time Putin time ahead of the twenty twenty one Duma elections because those those I think now will be a really are key I right now. The United Russia the party that Supports Putin Putin isn't the head of the party which I think is really interesting but kind of brush off a little bit because their popularity is suffering as well but it you know right now they hold a two thirds majority in the Duma which allows them to do all sorts of things and so I think having that majority continue in twenty twenty one is going to be critical for allowing Putin's plans to unfold smoothly early..

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13:36 min | 1 year ago

"russian government" Discussed on Worldly

"So you may have seen a strange and totally disturbing headline this week. Just that the entire Russian government resigned Including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a whole host of other top level officials. Now this doesn't mean that Vladimir Putin's regime gene is over in fact quite the opposite. We're GONNA talk about this week on worldly part of the VOX media. podcast network are the ways in which should setting up plan for succession for someone coming after Vladimir Prudent for Putin to take over in a different role. I'm ZAC beach in here. Is Always with generalize outward hit him. Hey what's going on. We are also here with dre. Kendall Taylor Taylor who is a senior fellow at the Center for new American Security very well-known Russia expert and particularly authored a paper on regime succession. Some really happy. Happy that she's here happy to be with you so I have to tell you guys. I was running a little bit late this morning. And part of that is that I had a dream last night. That and this is real. This is all real That I shot Vladimir Putin accidentally well visiting Russia and it didn't go over well with the Russian government and it was quite disturbing and so overslept alarm and kind of freaked out. I think even over. We're preparing for the PODCAST. A podcast stress the Russians. Back by making you late somehow in your dream no. I was just so stressed out when I woke up. Because because I'd difficulty differentiating reality dreamland. That I like overslept by alarm I looked at I was like okay. What's going on and then filled later? So you shooting. Putin could be a reality for you and your mind. It seems like I was in a shootout John. Krasinski was there. It was really cared that you didn't actually shoot Putin power correct. That's actually the thrust of this episode shows our guest Andrea. I want to start with you. Tell US exactly what these reforms reforms quote Putin proposed this week might do I think the most important change was Putin's announcement about pretty radical changes to the constitution That would shift power away from the presidency towards the parliament. I think quite notably he also talked about strengthening this kind of relatively sleepy almost defunct a funk State Council which I think gives some clues about maybe what Putin is planning so basically. He's announce these constitutional changes not only. Did he shift power or away from the president towards the parliament but there were some other rules about any future. President can only serve two terms so at the end of the twelve years. That's it taking away. Those consecutive terms as we know Putin served two terms stepped out and then was back that will be no more and there was another interesting reform to that. Talked about about Any future president has to have had lived in Russia for twenty five consecutive years. Not hold any resident permits. So he's basically saying no. The future president in Russia will not be Alexei. Navalny or Koepke or anyone like that so in many ways just like you said these changes should be interpreted as setting up Putin Hooton to continue to rule Russia for the foreseeable future. Okay and that's kind of what I wanted to know is like if you look at this on paper. It seems like you know he's Setting up term limits. So it looks like he would then be kicked out. He's expected to. He's supposed to step down in two thousand twenty four that's when his term is up and he's giving more power word of the parliament. Can you kind of just explain 'cause like when I just look at this on paper. It looks like he's giving away power right. It looks like he's you know. Moving power away from the presidency toward for the parliament telling the parliament that they can pick new prime minister. You just kind of explain how that actually may extend his power. Because I think just looking at it. It's a little confusing. Yes so we would the one thing that we were all expecting that Putin would do something. I think. That's the timing of this caught everyone by surprise rave but we've known for a long time that Putin's his consecutive term limits expired twenty twenty four so he was going to have to do something people expected he would do something that would enable him to continue to rule and so now he's creating a Russia currently under this nineteen ninety-three constitution has a very strong executive branch. It's a very very strong presidential system. The previous President Boris Yeltsin wasn't really able to ever to fully leverage the powers that that constitution gave him but Putin obviously has been quite effective at fully exploiting the powers that are are pro allowed under the nineteen ninety-three constitution so Putin now is basically saying like there will never be another president as strong as I am and so he you know. Oh He's come a long he has taken Russia out of that. Very turbulent transition wave after the fall of the Soviet Union and he basically wants to to create a system that is less allows for less concentration of power So no one can really benefit the way that he did He is then changing and shifting power towards the parliament and I think than the expectation would be that President Putin would shift he would move over and serve of either as prime minister or he would take over as head of the State Council and I think the the thing. That's interesting is that there is some precedent for this. And so you if you look at Turkey you for example I was Kinda thought about this as like an Air John but in reverse Amazon had served as prime minister for something like eleven years and then through change the constitution to make for a strong presidential system step down as prime minister was elected to President and now he's able to continue to rule there so that's one one option he's moved powers president. Putin now has moved these powers towards the parliament so he could step in his prime minister or I think the most likely option in my mind seems names that he will step into this role as head of the State Council and be able to rule from there and again. There's another precedent when you look Kazakhstan and so that's something that we saw just as recently as twenty eighteen and I think was probably something that Putin was watching very closely and so they are nozzle by was president for almost thirty years. changed his constitution to empower. This new you know. He stepped in as head of the Security Council empowered that gave it more powers stepped in in there and allowed his successor to rule so I think he was watching that quite closely. He's basically setting up a new system shifting power to an area where he would be able to. Let's stop in and continue to control an influence domestic and foreign policy. I don't know until the end. No like the obvious question or at least that I have thinking about this is is why doesn't Putin. Just change the constitution to get rid of term limits and stay informal power and my understanding is that there are real concerns about popular backlash in that world right. He is at a relatively low ebb. popularity-wise Americans are used to thinking of Putin is being spoiler strongman but in actuality the economy's not doing very well. Well it seems like just cemented. His time as a fallen authoritarian would risk some kind of more direct backlash from the Russian populations that wrong. No I think that's exactly right even stepping back before yesterday I mean there were. He basically had a couple of options disposal. That would allow him to stay on one option. One would be he could pick a successor handpicked. Someone step down fade into the to the background in allow successor to run in elections and continue on That's a model. We've seen in some authoritarian regimes. It hasn't worked out that well. There are some really cool political science research that shows when an incumbent authoritarian regime doesn't actually stand in elections that the opposition than has a much higher chance of winning so we saw that for example in Kenya when Moi stepped down his chosen successor Kibaki lost elections Another highly personalized authoritarian regime in Ghana. Jerry Rawlings did the same thing. His handpicked successor. reince stepped in ran in elections in lost their so. That is something that looks like. That's probably not in the cards for Putin. The the the other option that as is as you rightly said is that he could have just abolish term limits. And that's what we saw in China Xi Jinping. He did that very early in his term to set up the situation where he could be ruler for life and and it is interesting. That honestly what. I expected what happened. I thought that Putin would find a way to change term limits in stay on In part because there's also kind of a global trend towards that happening we're seeing leaders across Africa and also all across the globe. There's been an increasing incidence of leaders who using referendum or other kind of legalistic mechanisms demonstrating that it's the will of the popular vote to legitimize the action that they are extending term limits so in in all honesty. That's what I thought would happen but this is another what we're seeing now. This shifting powers to a different is a constitutional change of another kind. That seems I think. Think a little bit less outrageous a little less egregious probably from popular perspective. It is interesting that Putin van will take this to a referendum. We've heard now. Oh By may first. Because he is he he does want to try to legitimize these actions but I think the the term limit extensions probably would have been seen by Russians Russians as unacceptable. He did face when he stepped back into office. In twenty twelve those huge street protests. And so I think that was probably top of mind for him too so the timing of this. This actually is what's fascinating to me because basically anyone who's the thing about this including you came early right and so I think one of the reasons that I should say before I continue is that I talked to a friend of ours read standish who's a journalist Moscow so anything I say the smartest probably likely because of him But the the doing this early was one to to stop a popular backlash to make sure that there weren't those big protests that we've seen so far but another one is that he's trying to set the table Oh for the important Duma elections in twenty twenty one the lower being the president. It's a lower house of parliament and where that's where they're going to need to ratify a lot outta these changes and so having a year plus ish to work on this to signal that this is what Putin wants the kind of system emme wants. It gives him time to lean on a lot of these lawmakers which shouldn't be that hard gas but also to just kind of set the table for what's happening And I'm also wondering 'cause there have been some reports of infighting within the government that there have been some elites who have been trying to. I've been thinking about well. What does life after Putin look like? And they've been sort of jockeying and fighting for position and maybe trying to get ahead and I wonder if this is Putin like slapping his kids you know and just stop it. I'm going to be here for a while and you guys need to stop infighting and just kind of get along with the package. It's it's I mean Putin is a smart tactician. This seems like a really good sort of just political move and also public relations move And I think he's learned the lessons lessons of the past couple of years. Yeah I think it's incredibly smart it. It seems like it's relatively well played and now it seems obvious. You know obviously hindsight that this was something that is planned in part because because of the the way that it latches up with the Duma elections like you mentioned but there is something to be said that the timing came as a total surprise that what happened the substance of what happens opens isn't necessarily surprising but the timing. I think caught almost everybody by surprise. And you are right to note that this is taking place amid the context of a lot of in-fighting. I mean I think you can kind of think back to what it was like In around two thousand eight when no one knew what Putin was going to do them. The level of infighting is really intense hence. And there's been a lot of as you said elites jockeying for position using laws going after each other trying to eliminate opposition so the elite infighting has been intense and and also the public dissatisfaction. When you look at Putin's public approval ratings are down back towards the sixties down from upper eighties after the sixties? That's love love. Hello or the illegal annexation of Crimea. His public approval rating was in the high eighties. And so in this you know he's down around sixty three percent at the moment and so having kind kind of this elite intense in-fighting high levels of public dissatisfaction. I think when you look forward. I don't think that any of that was going to is likely to get any better. So certainly from an economic economic perspective Russia's economy is expected to grow more than one two percent of GDP. So I think if you're Putin you're looking forward. None of the elites are jockeying because there's all of of this uncertainty looming about what his future is going to be. The economy isn't gate set to to improve by any means. And so he does it now. I think to avoid having the pressure build up to twenty twenty four. If you're in authority leader particularly a highly personalized one like Putin leadership transitions and succession are really scary. Times and they have to be managed carefully and so to do it now. I think is in large part because because of the context of the discontent from the from the public and it is interesting. Like you said gives Russia time Putin time ahead of the twenty twenty one Duma elections because those those I think now will be a really are key I right now. The United Russia the party that Supports Putin Putin isn't the head of the party which I think is really interesting but kind of brush off a little bit because their popularity is suffering as well but it you know right now they hold a two thirds majority in the Duma which allows them to do all sorts of things and so I think having that majority continue in twenty twenty one is going to be critical for allowing Putin's plans to unfold smoothly early..

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"russian government" Discussed on Mueller Report Audio

Mueller Report Audio

03:46 min | 1 year ago

"russian government" Discussed on Mueller Report Audio

"Welcome to the Mullahs report audio before we get started. This episode is going to be a little bit shorter. I'm going to read the introduction to section four and for a EH. The eight different parts under section four eight titled Campaign Periods September Fifteen to November eight twenty sixteen are all long enough to get their own episode so I'll be releasing those separately after releasing this one section four Russian government links to. Oh and contacts with the trump campaign the office identified multiple contacts links in the words of the appointment order between trump campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government the office investigated whether those contacts constituted a third avenue of attempted Russian interference with or influence on the two thousand sixteen presidential election in particular the investigation examined whether these contacts involved or resulted in coordination or conspiracy with the trump campaign and Russia including with. Respect to Russia providing assistance to the campaign in exchange for any sort of favorable treatment in the future based on the available information the investigation did not establish such coordination this section describes the principal links between the trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian in government including some contacts with campaign officials or associates that have been publicly reported to involve Russian contacts each subsection begins with an overview of the Russian contact at issue and then describes in detail the relevant facts which are generally presented in chronological order beginning with the early months of the campaign and extending through the post election transition period section four a campaign period September Twenty fifteen through November eight twenty sixteen Russian government connected individuals and. Media entities began showing interest in trump's campaign in the months after he announced his candidacy in June two thousand fifteen because trump status as a public figure at the time was attributable in large part to his prior business and entertainment dealings this office investigated whether whether a business contact with Russia linked individuals and entities during the campaign period the trump tower Moscow project see volume one section four a one infra led to or involved coordination of election assistance outreach from individuals with ties to Russia continued. And in the spring and summer of two thousand sixteen when trump was moving toward and eventually becoming the Republican nominee for president as set forth below the office also evaluated a series of links during this period outreach to trump's then recently named foreign policy advisers including a representation that Russia had dirt on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails volume on sections for a two and four three dealings with the D._C.. Based think tank that specializes in Russia and has connections with its government volume on section. For A for a meeting trump tower between the campaign and Russian lawyer promising dirt on candidate Clinton that was part of Russia and its government support for trump volume on section four A. Five events at the Republican National Convention volume one section for a six <unk> post-convention contacts between trump campaign officials and Russia's ambassador to the United States volume on section four a seven and contacts through campaign chairman Paul Manafort who had previously worked for a Russian oligarch and a pro Russian political party in Ukraine volume one section four eight and that concludes the introduction to section four Russian government links to and contacts with the trump campaign as well as section for a campaign period as you heard section for a there are eight subsections.

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"russian government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

01:52 min | 1 year ago

"russian government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"The Clinton campaign conspired to violate among other laws the federal computer intrusion statute, and they have been so charged see United States v Nettie show at all. And then there are probably three and a half lines redacted for harm to ongoing matter. Second while the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. The evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges. Among other things. The evidence was not sufficient to charge any campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian government or other Russian principal and our evidence about the June ninth two thousand sixteen meeting and WikiLeaks is release of hack materials was not sufficient to charge a criminal campaign finance violation further. The evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump campaign consp-. Fired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the two thousand sixteen election third the investigation established that several individuals affiliated with the Trump campaign. Lied to the office and congress about their interactions with Russian affiliated individuals and related matters. Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference the office charged. Some of those lies as violations of the federal false statements statute, former national security adviser, Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his interactions with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the transition period. George Papadopoulos a foreign policy adviser during the campaign pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about inter alia, the nature and timing of his interactions with Joseph Smith sued.

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"russian government" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

01:30 min | 2 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"Muller's alleged that the Russian government gave it to WikiLeaks. But we don't know with stone. Trump would they also aware of all of this to that here. Are you aware? Do you get that from? That they were aware that the Russian government gave it to them. He just throws that out there. Now, this is a guy who's not only to host of meet the press. He's the chief political journalist correspondent for NBC news. He just flops it out there. Go ahead. Then we have Jeffrey Toobin. CNN? Cut sixteen go. I think that may be an extremely important use of the passive voice in that indictment was directed. First of all he's supposed to be a lawyer. If a prosecutor a prosecutor's office rights. That stone was directed. What is stone say about being directed? Now, you see stone on TV's bit of a circus clown. But. Does he say he was directed by somebody? Where's the evidence for that? Well, no evidence is established for that other than the allegation. Using those words. In the charge..

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"russian government" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

01:30 min | 2 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"Muller's alleged that the Russian government gave it to WikiLeaks. But we don't know is for stone. Trump would they also aware of all of this to the year. Also, where do you get that from that they were aware that the Russian government gave it to them? He just throws that out there. This is a guy who's not only the host of meet the press. He's the chief political journalist correspondent for NBC news. He just flops it out there. Go ahead. Then we have Jeffrey Toobin. On CNN. Cut sixteen go. I think that may be an extremely important use of the past voice in that indictment was directed. First of all he's supposed to be a lawyer. If a prosecutor a prosecutor's office rights. That stone was directed. What is stone said about being directed? Now, you see stone on TV's bit of a circus clown. But. Does he say he was directed by somebody? Where's the evidence for that? Well, no evidence for that other than the allegation. Using those words. In the charge. That's it..

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"russian government" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM

KTLK 1130 AM

02:19 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM

"The russian government at the direction of president vladimir putin waged a covert influence campaign to interfere in the twenty sixteen us presidential election with the goal of hurting democrat hillary clinton's candidacy and helping trump's campaign we further assess putin and the russian government developed a clear preference for presidentelect trump the intelligence community report reads noting later that the kremlin aspire to help presidentelect trump's election chances when possible by discrediting secretary clinton house intelligence committee officials said they spent hundreds of hours reviewing raw source material used by the intelligence services in the assessment and said it did not meet the appropriate standards to make the claim about helping trump the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the intelligence material leak leak leak conway said there will be a second report just dealing with the intelligence assessment and its credibility now skipping down to the democratic reaction here which of course is the juicy hall cal part democrats have criticized republicans on the committee for shortening the investigation pointing to multiple contacts between trump's campaign and russia and saying they have seen so far too few witnesses to make any judgment on collusion now here's the problem with this narrative coming from the democrats on the committee because look on its face if we're being objective certainly this looks partisan right it's the republicans the republican control committee saying that the republicans sitting president is a okay and he didn't do anything wrong on its face that looks a little shady right from bloomberg special counsel robert mueller's investigation into whether president donald trump obstructed justice is set to be close to completion this is robert mueller this is the special counsel right like this is the guy who's running the show looking into the whole deal who's saying yeah we're about done here it's about closing time he may set aside continuing at bloomberg he makes that aside while he finished his other key parts of his probe such as possible collusion and the hacking of democrats according to current and former us officials that's because mueller may calculate that if he tries to bring charges in the obstruction case the part that may hit closest to trump personally witnesses may become less cooperative and other parts of the probe or the president may move to shut down altogether the.

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"russian government" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

Radio Free Nashville

02:08 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

"That the russian government was the primary cooperate when it came to the hacking of of the emails of john podesta and the dnc it certainly something that the united states and the russians do to one another and have done to one another for decades and so nobody should put it past putin or the russians to have done it in this case and it certainly also possible that there were people in the trump campaign who became aware after the fact that this was done in who somehow helped to decide how this information was going to be disseminated but i think given the implications that this issue has in terms number one of the relationship between two extremely dangerous nuclear armed powers which is moscow and and and and washington who on many occasions in the past have almost obliterated the planet through an exchange of nuclear weapons and who are in many places in the world at loggerheads with one another as well as the climate in washington in which any kind of interaction with the russians now become something that is a ground for suspicion what i've always says what we have to be very careful as journalists than as citizens to make sure that we don't get ahead of ourselves in terms of the claims that we're making it but we have to adhere to the evidence that is available before we decide that official claims from the cia and the nsa and the fbi agencies with a long history of lying and deceit an error before we accept them is true and one of the things that we've seen over the past year or a year and a half is large media outlets in case after case after case after case acting very recklessly publishing stories that turned out to be completely false that needed to be retracted that got just credited which is the thing that then enables donald trump to try and encourage people not to trust the media so no matter your views on russia and i think it's really dangerous at us and russian relations are probably up their worse point as they've been since the fall of of of the soviet union something that nobody should think is a good thing come despite all the claims that that that trump was going to serve the interest of the russians the.

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"russian government" Discussed on Trumpcast

Trumpcast

01:50 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on Trumpcast

"So while it doesn't difficulty ferry that trump in fact was personally involved you're approved to have this it does uh say that he either knew or should have known what was going on or at least some of what was going on look is this collusion who is not a term with a real meaning in this context is this interaction between the russian government and the trump campaign over things like hacked emails and needing very cooperation between the campaign on the russian government should is seems to be when we say collusion your right it's not it's not a legal term of art but what i mean by it is did the russians intervened in the election in a way that that would have been criminal and did the trump campaign no about it and work with them to make that more effective to help them and are we there yet i mean of we got if you know by that definition have we his is top dopoulos acknowledging collusion well papadopoulos is uh acknowledging that he had conversations with people he believed could be representatives of the russian government and in one case even uh a relative of president unique in which they'd just got dirt by which meant they meant thousands of email about hillary clinton um you know you can say well that's kind of memo or to you know the trump tower meeting where part of emails or jerk was on offer right but i am hit or maybe they weren't here he asked about a but conner nothing came up here.

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"russian government" Discussed on The Global Politico

The Global Politico

01:40 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on The Global Politico

"The intelligence picture that we were seeing was in emerging picture and so by late summer it was pretty clear that the russian government at the highest levels of the russian government were behind the hacking of the dnc and once that picture became clear then we had to carefully consider what do we do about it my view in the view of others was we have to tell the american public what we know during the election season before the election it would be unforgivable we didn't tell the american public what we know and as a corporate lawyer the analogy that i used in the in the way i think about it is if you see if you're the public issue or of a stock and you see a powerful actor trying to manipulate the price of your stock you have a duty to tell the investing public what you know and so that was something that we had to very carefully considered because those of us in national security in the intelligence community did not want to inject ourselves into the midst of a very heated campaign and it was already being said that it without you know a federal government takeover to offer well you had one of the candidates saying the election outcomes going to be rigged and so we had to think very carefully about how to address this and this was not something you do one morning in a tweet so um we did carefully consider it there was a view.

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"russian government" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront

Erin Burnett OutFront

01:35 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront

"Backed out front and we are following the breaking news presidenttrump's eldest son donaldtrumpjr speaking out after releasing the bombshell emails about his meeting with the russian lawyer over alleged damaging information about hillaryclinton the supposedly it was said was being provided by the russian government in now donaldtrumpjr is admitting that he would have done things differently front nownationalsecuritycorrespondentthenewyorktimesmatthewrosenberg former whitehouse ethics lawyer under presidentgeorgewbushrichard painter and former attorneygeneral for the state of virginiacancuncinellimatt let me start with you here donaldtrumpjr saying now in retrospect t would do things differently how significant is it that he would actually admit that i am anger is significant i do however wonder and and i would certainly ask myth are sitting here with him as it did not occur to you or anyone with you at the time that it was a country that that many people in our government in our country gets that our adversary was reaching out to you to provide you dirt help you defeated domestic political opponent why that wasn't questioned at the time and and and what exactly you thought you might get from them and why he thought it was okay to get it i mean it does it there's a bizarre story and cannot question not only by donaldtrumpjr but by the fact that jaredkushner was in the room paulmanafort was in the room it doesn't appear that anybody questioned this or the source andi say that because paulmanafort of course is an incredibly experienced political hand.

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"russian government" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360

Anderson Cooper 360

02:22 min | 3 years ago

"russian government" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360

"This meeting was the newyorktimesi revealed on saturday keeping a modest for starters they expose his prior accounts of the meeting is simply untrue he wasn't as he i said motivated to meet this woman out of concern for russian orphans he certainly did contrary to how he described it on saturday discussed politics the woman though unnamed was not offered up simply some random acquaintance of our friend as he i suggested she was described as a russian government attorney with information from the russian government she did not as some trump surrogates have suggested on this program just last night just get walked into trumptowerone of the males discusses arrangements for notifying security she was coming much would donaldtrumpjr has said and much of how he's characterize the meeting is revealed to be untrue by his own email chain more important though is what today's revelation does to the longrunning long larger narrative about donaldtrump senior people close to him and russiai have nothing to do with russia to the best of my knowledge no person that i deal with us this administration disagrees with all of this stories that claimed that the president and his campaign colluded with russia in any capacity of course not why would there be any contacts between the campaign chris the the the this is all a distraction absolutely not at that but the president elect lack right as conversation never happened thursday no connection between um the president or the staff year and in anyone doing anything with russiai mean this is time and time again lie after lie you noticed you won't say welli say this we hear experts you know his house cat at home once said that this is what's happening with the russiansit's disgusting it's so phony i was donaldtrumpjr after he had that meeting everything just heard either gets dented or contradicted by these emails no contact with russians not true no politicallymotivated contact with russians not true no politically motivated content contact with the russians who have ties the russian government not true at least owns from junior believed this attorney had caused the russian government in fact these emails again in very plain englishenglish lay out even more politically motivated contact with the russian individual with claims of ties to the kremlin promising information that would help achieve what is billed as the russian goal of hurting hillaryclinton and helping donaldtrumpit is the.

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