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  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by zyery
    +20 +1

    Documents reveal Salisbury suspects have links to Russian defence ministry

    Documents uncovered by investigative journalists have provided the first public evidence that the suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack have formal ties to the Russian ministry of defence. British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The former Russian spy and his daughter were found collapsed on 4 March; the police officer fell ill after trying to help them. Prosecutors say Petrov and Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, which President Vladimir Putin has denied.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by jedlicka
    +29 +1

    The new Russian disinformation game

    When the UK authorities announced on Wednesday that they suspected two alleged Russian agents in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, they released CCTV images of the suspects arriving at Gatwick airport. Two of the images, framed side by side, began to spread on social media, driven by pro-Russia conspiracy theorists and suspected troll accounts. They showed the alleged agents - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - passing through a non-return gate at the airport.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +5 +1

    Russia Is Co-opting Angry Young Men

    Deep in the forests of Slovakia, former Russian Spetsnaz commandos trained young men from a right-wing paramilitary group called the Slovak Conscripts. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, some of these freshly-minted paramilitaries went to fight with Russian forces in eastern Ukraine while others stayed at home to agitate against nato as a “terrorist organization.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rawlings
    +15 +1

    Russia Tried To Help Trump Win 2016 Election, Senate Panel Reaffirms

    A Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday supports three U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Republican-led committee’s finding suggests the panel continues to conduct a bipartisan inquiry into the issue amid political rancor between Republicans and Democrats on allegations that Moscow interfered in the election.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by everlost
    +1 +1

    Russian bots are back: #WalkAway attack on Democrats is a likely Kremlin operation

    A little more than a year ago, I posted and pinned the following predictive tweet: “Get ready. A year from right now we'll be up to our asses in Russian fake news, malware, hacks, mayhem aimed at the midterms. Pinning this.” Granted, it wasn’t a difficult forecast knowing what we knew at the time.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +6 +1

    Trump made a mess, but it wasn’t an accident — and he won’t clean it up

    President Donald Trump blew it for the U.S. and its allies, but there’s little chance he’ll clean up the mess he made. Sure, he’s taking criticism, even from some loyalists, for cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, choosing not to hold Putin accountable for Russia’s attacks in its backyard and in the West, and generally telling NATO countries to go defend themselves. No U.S. president ever returned home from a foreign trip having so aggressively departed from the advice of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment, and even his own advisers.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +3 +1

    Reporter who asked Trump if Russia was targeting US: He was answering me when he said 'no'

    The reporter who asked President Trump whether Russia is still seeking to meddle in U.S. elections asserted on Wednesday that the president was answering her directly when he said that it was not. "Yes, he was looking directly at me when he spoke. Yes, I believe he heard me clearly. He answered two of my questions," Cecilia Vega, a White House correspondent for ABC News, wrote on Twitter, posting a transcript of the exchange.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +16 +1

    Orange County Congressman Rohrabacher met with accused Russian agent in St. Petersburg in 2015

    Orange County GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met in Russia in 2015 with a woman later charged by federal officials for allegedly acting as an unregistered agent of the Kremlin in a covert endeavor to shape American politics. News of the 2015 meeting — confirmed Tuesday by Rohrabacher’s office — came the same day he told Politico that Monday’s indictment of 29-year-old Maria Butina was “bogus” and “stupid,” saying he believes the allegations are part of a larger plot to undermine President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +3 +1

    Putin says forces in U.S. trying to derail success of Trump summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia ties anyway.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    Trump invites Putin to visit US

    US President Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the US in the autumn, his press secretary says. Sarah Sanders tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way. Earlier Mr Trump rejected a proposal by Mr Putin that Russia be allowed to question US citizens. The two leaders held a summit in Finland on Monday but few details of what they discussed have emerged.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hxxp
    +2 +1

    U.S. to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

    The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia’s alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The U.S. government has been hesitant to publicize such foreign operations, fearing their disclosure could be seen as tipping the balance in an election.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hiihii
    +21 +1

    Trump keeps conflating Russian meddling and collusion, and experts worry it could have a devastating effect on national security

    President Donald Trump has a habit of conflating Russian election interference and Russian collusion. Experts worry that his trademark response that there was "no collusion" also translates to an unwillingness to address Russia's continuing attacks on the US electoral system.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +14 +1

    Trump-Russia: president reacts angrily to release of FBI Carter Page documents

    The FBI has released documents related to the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 US election. A surveillance application filed in October 2016, a month before polling day, said: “The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +9 +1

    Leaked document: Putin lobbied Trump on arms control

    A list of issues he shared with Trump in Helsinki suggests Russia wants to continue traditional nuclear talks with the U.S. — but doesn't answer all questions about their meeting.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Project2501
    +17 +1

    Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

    MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly concerted campaign to delegitimize it. Unconfirmed accusations continue to swirl alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized “Russian hacking” that helped put Mr. Trump in the White House.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Scientists find link between people impressed by wise-sounding, 'profound' quotes and low intelligence

    Ever get annoyed by people on social media who share 'profound' quotes, or use meaningless, intelligent-sounding soundbites in arguments? A new study has shown that there is a link between these people and low intelligence. It found that those who are receptive to pseudo-profound, intellectual-sounding 'bulls***' are less intelligent, less reflective, and more likely to be believe in conspiracy theories, the paranormal and alternative medicine.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by williamson
    +5 +1

    Top Counterintel Official Denies Any Drop In Morale Among Intel Community Since Trump Took Over

    A top counterintelligence official has denied any morale drop among the intelligence community following President Donald Trump's ascent to the White House. "I don’t see a dip in morale," Bill E

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +37 +1

    If You Think You’re a Genius, You’re Crazy

    Both geniuses and madmen pay attention to what others ignore. By Dean Keith Simonton.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +2 +1

    Top intel Dem: “circumstantial evidence of collusion” and direct evidence “of deception” on Russia

    Ahead of FBI Director James Comey's public testimony this week, the plot was already thickening over Donald Trump's ties to Russia. Now, Senate Intel Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Chuck Todd that there is "circumstantial evidence of collusion" and "direct evidence" of deception on Russia.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +9 +1

    The White House is playing whack-a-mole with Russia investigations

    The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia is looking more compromised every day. Yochi Dreazen has a great rundown of the bizarre recent behavior of the committee’s chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who sure seems like he’s bending over backward to protect the White House by canceling hearings and making odd, anonymously sourced claims. But if Nunes and the Trump administration truly are trying to scuttle the House Intelligence investigation, they’re playing whack-a-mole.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by yuriburi
    +16 +1

    Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident

    When China boldly seized a U.S. underwater drone in the South China Sea last December and initially refused to give it back, the incident ignited a weeklong political standoff and conjured memories of a similar event more than 15 years ago. In April 2001, just months before the 9/11 attacks gripped the nation, a U.S. Navy spy plane flying a routine reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea was struck by a People’s Liberation Army fighter jet that veered aggressively close.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Whocares386
    Analysis
    +2 +2

    Finding Aliens

    Possible reasons for humanity's failure in finding intelligent alien civilizations in the universe.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by hiihii
    +48 +2

    Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

    The animals of neuroscience research are an eclectic bunch, and for good reason. Different model organisms—like zebra fish larvae, C. elegans worms, fruit flies, and mice—give researchers the opportunity to answer specific questions. The first two, for example, have transparent bodies, which let scientists easily peer into their brains; the last two have eminently tweakable genomes, which allow scientists to isolate the effects of specific genes. For cognition studies, researchers have relied largely on primates and, more recently, rats, which I use in my own work.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +1

    Why Do Intelligent, Well-Educated People Still Believe Nonsense?

    Last night for the third time in as many months I found myself explaining to someone raised outside of a devoutly religious environment that religious people are not stupid simply because they believe nonsensical things. Each of the three times I’ve had this conversation it’s been with a different person whose professional life has increasingly come to focus on critiquing religion. Each time I’ve encountered the same bewilderment, and each time I’ve covered the same ground in an attempt to explain how and why some people who are very intelligent can...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hiihii
    +18 +1

    Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes

    A Senate committee has asked Trump campaign aides to hand over notes and records from meetings with Russian officials and businesses, as congressional investigations between the president’s associates and Moscow appear to regain momentum. In a letter to Carter Page, a former Trump foreign policy adviser, dated 28 April, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee asked him to attend a closed hearing and provide a...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jasont
    +21 +1

    U.S. officials 'warned Israel’ not to share sensitive intel with Trump administration

    U.S. intelligence officials reportedly warned their Israeli counterparts to exert caution in sharing top secret information with Donald Trump’s administration for fear of it being passed to Russia and then to Moscow’s ally and Israel’s arch-enemy, Iran. Discussions between U.S. and Israeli security services prior to Trump’s inauguration on January 20 gave rise to concerns that sensitive intelligence might exchange hands between him and the Russian government, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported in January.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Chubros
    +22 +1

    Israel was the source of secret intelligence that Trump gave to Russians, NBC News confirms

    Israel was the U.S. ally that collected the highly classified intelligence that President Donald Trump reportedly shared in a meeting with Russian officials last week, NBC News confirmed with three government officials with knowledge of the matter. In an off-camera briefing with reporters, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he could not comment on the news. The press secretary said, however, that the U.S. appreciates the "strong relationship that we have with Israel when it comes to intelligence sharing."

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by doodlegirl
    +12 +1

    Putin 'willing to provide transcript' of Trump meeting with Russians

    Vladimir Putin has said he is willing to provide a transcript of Donald Trump's meeting with senior Russian officials, insisting the US President did not share classified intelligence. News agencies had initially suggested the Russian leader had offered to release an audio recording of the contentious meeting with foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, but subsequent reports showed he had used a word more accurately translated as transcript.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +30 +1

    In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

    The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +23 +1

    Top Russian officials 'discussed how to influence Donald Trump through his aides' before election

    Senior Russian intelligence and political officials were caught by American intelligence agents discussing how to insert influence over Donald Trump’s campaign last year, the New York Times reports. American spies collected information last year on conversations that focused on Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign chairman, and Michael Flynn, who later got a job in the White House as a national security adviser but was forced to step down from that post because he misrepresented conversations he had with Russians to Vice President Mike Pence.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Borska
    +15 +1

    US internet company refused to join NSA's PRISM program, documents reveal

    A US company refused to comply with a top-secret order that compelled it to facilitate government surveillance, according to newly declassified documents. It's thought to be only the second instance of an American company refusing to comply with a government surveillance order. The first was Yahoo in 2008. It was threatened with hefty daily fines if it didn't hand over customer data to the National Security Agency.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by larylin
    +36 +1

    Telegram founder: U.S. intelligence agencies tried to bribe us to weaken encryption

    Pavel Durov, the Russian founder of the popular secure messaging app Telegram has revealed in a series of tweets that U.S. intelligence agencies tried twice to bribe the company's developers to weaken encryption in the app, presumably so it would be easier for the agencies to obtain communications sent via its users. Durov also says he was pressured by the FBI to do so.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by ckshenn
    +16 +1

    From Russia With Blood

    Lavish London mansions. A hand-painted Rolls-Royce. And eight dead friends. For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic meant stunning perks – but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia – but the UK police shut down every last case. A bombshell cache of documents today reveals the full story of a ring of death on British soil that the government has ignored.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by funhonestdude
    +23 +1

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    His nuclear research helped a judge determine that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had been assassinated – likely on Putin’s orders. Just months after the verdict, the scientist himself was found stabbed to death with two knives. Police deemed it a suicide, but US intelligence officials suspect it was murder.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by messi
    +13 0

    Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data: Officials

    The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME.