Intel chiefs: Don't be fooled by North Korea's 'smile campaign'

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A separate Justice Department investigation has resulted in the indictments of two former associates and guilty pleas from two others, including Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The WIRED report notes that Wray's comments are particularly alarming not only from a national security standpoint, but they were also framed as a sweeping generalization about Chinese students studying in the U.S. If there is a viable threat to the nation's security, subsequent recommendations may further exacerbate tension in the already highly contentious debate over current immigration policy. The Times, citing US and European intelligence officials, said only that American spies had paid the Russian $100,000 for the cyberweapons using an indirect channel. "It is the finest group of professionals and public servants I could hope to work for, and every day, many times a day, I'm confronted with unbelievable examples of integrity, professionalism and grit", Wray said.

"We realize we have to answer for the American people, what did Russian Federation do to mess with the 2016 elections", he added.

--This rather vague claim about social media use, which is not any sort of hacking, only emerged later after the initial claims of "Russian hacking" didn't really take.

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Coats said the government's ability to force changes at social media companies, which have come under scrutiny over the spread of false information, is limited. "Deterrence doesn't work unless the other side knows it", he said.

Coats also told the committee that intelligence agencies believe Islamabad isn't likely to change its behavior soon - continuing to slow walk cooperation with the United States, while maintaining ties with the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

"Russian intelligence services will continue their efforts to disseminate false information via Russian state-controlled media and covert online personas about USA activities to encourage anti-US political views", the report said.

"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations", Coats said.

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When asked by Sen. Ron Wyden about his knowledge of allegations of domestic abuse carried out by former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, creating security clearance issues at the White House. The bureau "administratively closed" Porter's file in January, but then passed along "some additional information" it received about Porter earlier this month.

FBI Director Christopher Ray said he had notice more "forward leaning" engagement with the private sector.

"Several agencies throughout the federal government have equities in this", he said.

Top U.S. intelligence officials warned lawmakers Tuesday not to be fooled by North Korea's diplomatic outreach at the Olympic Games, reminding Congress at a high-profile hearing that the dictatorship still represents an "existential threat" to the U.S.

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America will need to soon decide how to confront the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, a top official said.