Back in the 1980s the USG convened the Active Measures Working Group to counteract Soviet disinformation. Perhaps it is time to think about reestablishing it ...
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Several points on the recently released cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.
The United States' seemingly insufficient reaction may have been informed by international law; the United States might have responded to the DNC hack as it did because international law did not permit it to do more. Limited state recourse to escalatory self-help measures is a feature of the modern international legal order—but, as the DNC hack, Sony hack, and growing number of similar cyber-enabled interferences demonstrate, in cyberspace this feature may have become a bug.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has published a declassified version of the intelligence community's report on "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," written by CIA, FBI, and NSA. President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have now been briefed on the classified version of the report.
The report is available here and is also included below.
Yesterday's Senate Armed Services hearing on Russian hacking augurs quite badly for Trump if he is really hell-bent on a major confrontation with the intelligence community over its Russia conclusions.
A variety of recent reports have noted complaints that the sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the November election are insufficient. For example,
As expected, the Obama Administration today announced some of its response to Russian interference in the U.S. election.
On November 30th, the House passed H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY'17. While it remains to be seen what if anything ultimately emerges at the end of the process, I'd like to highlight some items in the current bill that I found particularly interesting:
- two involve attempts to give SSCI and HPSCI greater awareness of presidential policy directives and MOUs involving the IC;
A primer on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the alleged Russian breaches of the treaty, and the recent dispute resolution over those alleged breaches.
Donald Trump's coziness with Russia has given the Baltic states cause for serious concern.