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Welch appointed to intelligence committee
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has been appointed to the House committee that is investigating Russia's attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence oversees the country's intelligence agencies, including the Department of Defense and the CIA and the FBI.
Fewer affected in Marriott hack, but passports a red flag
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Fewer Marriott guest records than previously feared were compromised in a massive data breach, but the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed.
The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because of their value to state intelligence agencies.
URI ending partnership with Chinese-funded institute
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island is ending its partnership with a controversial Chinese institute under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies.
There are more than 100 Confucius Institutes on college campuses nationwide. The Chinese government-funded organizations say their mission is to promote Chinese language and culture.
Trump says no penalty for Saudi prince for Khashoggi murder
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing.
Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.
Trump took verbal shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL and former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command was a "backer" of Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and a supporter of President Barack Obama.
Trump says report on Khashoggi’s death coming in 2 days
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East.
"We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday," Trump said. That will include "who did it," he said.
Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that "really bad things" at the FBI are exposed. But the decision, made against the backdrop of Trump's spiraling outrage at the special counsel's Russia investigation, may expose sensitive sources and methods and brush up against privacy law protections, experts say.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to "a big hoax."
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to "spin up" Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States.
Wray stood behind the intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that his country was not involved.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates says President Donald Trump "not only chose a tyrant over his own Intel community, he chose Russia's interests over the country he is sworn to protect."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he sees no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Minutes earlier, on the same platform, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a reason, even while denying Moscow ever meddled: He wanted Trump to win.
House passes intelligence bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to authorize funding for intelligence agencies and support critical national security programs especially targeting Russia, China and North Korea, passed the House on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the CIA (all times local):
Newly sworn-in CIA Director Gina Haspel says she wants to send more officers into the field, improve foreign language proficiency among the ranks and strengthen the agency's working relationships with intelligence agencies in partner nations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday that it agrees with the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election to hurt the candidacy of Democrat Hillary Clinton and help President Donald Trump.
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(THE CONVERSATION) The CIA had a tough first year under President Donald Trump.
Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies.
Russia has ordered the popular Telegram messaging app to shut down because it won't share its encryption key with intelligence agencies. Communications watchdog Roskomnadzor then blocked 18 networks that are used by Amazon and Google and host sites it believe Telegram is using to circumvent the ban.
LONDON (AP) — Russian intelligence agencies monitored the emails of former spy Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia for at least five years before the two were poisoned, Britain's national security adviser said in a letter made public Friday.
Mark Sedwill made the assertion in a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explaining Britain's conclusion that the Russian government is to blame for poisoning the Skripals with a military-grade nerve agent on March 4.
Recently, I took part in a debate on the question “Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?” I said yes.
US envoy summoned after Duterte named in threat report
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide has summoned the U.S. ambassador to discuss a global threat assessment by American intelligence agencies that mentioned Duterte along with dangers facing democracy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Friday that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea discussed the U.S. intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment report with U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim on Thursday.
Did Russian interference throw the presidential election to Donald Trump?
Certainly, that is a serious allegation, but for the purposes of fashioning a U.S. response, it simply doesn’t matter. This is true even if only 80,000 votes or so in three states did, in fact, determine the Electoral College results, Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by nearly 3 million.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered an overhaul of how security clearances are handled following a storm of controversy after former staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to remain in his job for months despite allegations of domestic abuse.
"We should – and in the future, must – do better," Kelly wrote in the five-page document, released by the White House on Friday, outlining his proposed changes to the clearance process.
The Latest: Officials cite signs of more Russian meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. intelligence agencies' global threats report (all times local):
The nation's top intelligence officials say the U.S. is seeing signs of Russian meddling in upcoming midterm elections.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Moscow is conducting activities aimed at having an impact on the next election cycle.
Nov. 8, 2016, was despair day, tears and groaning day, disbelief day. Donald Trump had been elected president although everyone knew that could never occur. So now, in the minds of some, it was time to undo what happened, no conscience needed. The old norms? The rule of law? Sorry, but that would just slow them down, and here came the anti-Trump crusaders more threatening than Trump.
Will intelligence agencies stop confiding to Congress?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top intelligence and law enforcement officials warn that last week's release of a congressional memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse could have wide-ranging repercussions: Spy agencies could start sharing less information with Congress, weakening oversight. Lawmakers will try to declassify more intelligence for political gain. Confidential informants will worry about being outed on Capitol Hill.
‘That’s it?’ Fired FBI chief Comey scoffs at GOP memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey has scorned the memo that was released by House Republicans after being declassified by President Donald Trump, saying it doesn't add up to much.
His assessment on Twitter was: "That's it?"
Comey called the memo "dishonest and misleading" and not worth the damage it's done to public trust in U.S. intelligence agencies.
Trump orders rules for revealing US citizens in spy reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to develop rules for disclosing the names of Americans whose identities are blacked out in classified spy reports disseminated across the government.
The issue prompted a heated partisan debate after Republicans alleged that Obama administration officials improperly shared the identities of members of Trump's presidential transition team mentioned in intelligence reports.
Trump: ‘I’m with our agencies’ on Russian election meddling
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday said he believes U.S. intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Trump also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he says Russia didn't interfere.
"I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election," Trump said of Putin at a news conference with Vietnam's president in Hanoi. "As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies."