Tag: Vladimir Putin

Intel. Chiefs Presenting Hacking Case Against Russia – WATCH LIVE

Top U.S. intelligence officials are testifying in Congress right now on cyber threats and allegations that Russia used hacking to sway the U.S. election, as tensions continue to escalate between the intelligence community and President-elect Donald Trump. The hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee will feature Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Admiral Michael…

Trump Wants to Revamp Spy Agency

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly working with advisers on a plan to restructure the country’s top spy agency due to a belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become politicized. This comes after Trump has publicly mocked U.S. intelligence agencies and their conclusion that Russian-backed hackers were involved in disrupting the…

Trump Promises A Revelation On Russian Hacking [VIDEO]

President-elect Donald Trump says he knows “things that other people don’t know” about Russia’s alleged hacking during the presidential election. Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-A-Lago estate while on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on Saturday night, Trump promised to disclose the information in a few days, saying “you will find out…

Putin: I Won’t Expel U.S. Diplomats

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia will not expel 35 U.S. diplomats in response to new U.S. sanctions, as was recommended by Russia’s foreign ministry. Instead, Putin said he will wait and see what President-elect Donald Trump does when he takes office before deciding what steps to take. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov…

US Sanctions Russia Over Hacking, Expels 35 Officials

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury responded to Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election by announcing sanctions against six individuals and five entities — including two Russian intelligence services — thought to be involved in “malicious cyber-enabled activities.” The economic penalties followed President Obama’s issuance of an executive order expanding the…

Russia: Syria Regime, Rebels Agree To Ceasefire Deal

On Thursday, Russian state media announced a cease-fire between the Syrian government and Syrian rebel groups. “Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have looked and worked for for so long,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Three documents have been signed. A cease-fire between the Syrian government…

Trump Gets ‘Very Nice’ Christmas Letter From Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in which he highlighted “serious global and regional challenges” the two countries will face. The letter was released in full my Trump’s transition team on Friday. “I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we…

Report: Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon

Russia is believed to have tested an anti-satellite weapon, sources told CNN early Wednesday. U.S. officials, who tracked it, said they believe it did not destroy anything because it did not create debris. They also believe Russia sent kamikaze satellites, known in Russia as “Kosmos 2499,” which have the power to cripple or destroy U.S.…

U.S. Adds More Russians to Sanctions List

The U.S. Treasury Department has added seven Russians and dozens of companies to its sanctions list because of Moscow’s activities in Crimea and Ukraine. The updated list, released Tuesday, includes Yevgeny Prigozhin, a St. Petersburg businessman known as President Vladimir Putin’s chef. The addition of new names provoked an angry response from the Kremlin, with…

President Obama Vows to Retaliate for Russian Hack of U.S. Election

President Barack Obama has promised to “take action” against Russia for its alleged hacking campaign during the U.S. presidential election. In excerpts of an interview with NPR released Thursday night, Obama said he’s already spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about revelations of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election. “I think there is no…

Report: FBI Backs CIA On Russia

The FBI has backed the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election in order to help Donald Trump win, according to The Washington Post, citing U.S. officials. CIA Director John Brennan reportedly sent a memo to CIA employees telling them that “there is a strong consensus” among he, Comey and Director of…

Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed…

Trump Taps Exxon’s Rex Tillerson For Secretary of State [VIDEO]

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as his nominee to serve as his secretary of State. “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream,” Trump said in a statement. “Through hard work, dedication, and smart dealmaking, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the…

UN: Aleppo Civilians ‘Shot on the Spot’ [VIDEO]

Syrian government troops in Aleppo have been reportedly going door-to-door killing civilians Tuesday in the holdout city’s sole remaining rebel-held enclave—a development the United Nations human-rights office termed “a complete meltdown of humanity.” The UN office said it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, have been shot…

GOPer Mitch McConnell: “The Russians Are Not Our Friends.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has strongly condemned any foreign meddling to influence the U.S. election. McConnell spoke to reporters Monday, a day after President-elect Donald Trump said the recent CIA assertion that Russian hacking had sought to help his candidacy was “ridiculous.” McConnell says that the “Russians are not our friends” and condemned Russian…

Palin: ‘I Can Keep an Eye’ on Russia

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday jumped into the fray about Russian interference in the presidential election, echoing President-elect Donald Trump’s comments that Democrats are simply sore losers. “Russia’s getting out of hand? So says the defeated,” she wrote on Twitter, apparently skeptical of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened to Trump’s benefit. In…

NYT: C.I.A. Judgment On Russia Built on Swell of Evidence

American spy and law enforcement agencies were united in the belief, in the weeks before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed computer hackers to sow chaos during the campaign. But they had conflicting views about the specific goals of the subterfuge. Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning…

Exxon Mobil Ceo Rex Tillerson Trump’s Choice For Secy. Of State

Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump met Tillerson on Tuesday and may talk to him again over the weekend, the official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over…

Trump Denies Russia Election Manipulation Reports

The Trump transition team forcibly repudiated reports late Friday evening that the CIA has concluded with “high confidence” Russia interfered with the U.S. election to help President-elect Donald Trump win. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the Trump camp said in an unsigned statement slamming the CIA.…

Keith Olbermann Rips ‘Government-Backed Attackers’, Trump & Russia [VIDEO]

On his latest clip for ‘the resistance’ Keith Olbermann talks oh how Trump said the election was rigged and shows more evidence of the exhaustive degree to which the Russians rigged it. We were told “government-backed attackers,” hacking even our emails. Why WOULDN’T they hack our election? Do you still have doubts Russia helped decide…

Russia: We Did Work With Team Trump During Campaign

Russian officials have said they were in contact with many of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign team during the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Despite the fact that Trump’s team has repeatedly denied this assertion, Russia on Thursday confirmed it. “There were contacts” before the election, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reportedly said Thursday.…

Sam Traveled To Russia To See The Media’s Future If Trump Win [VIDEO]

Samantha Bee traveled to Russia “to see what life would be like in a Utopian society where ‘lamestream media’ bias doesn’t exist”. Bee found out that Russian network executives have regular meetings with government officials about what is okay to broadcast, and that Putin has murdered at least 54 journalists and political opponents since taking…

NewsWeek: Vladimir Putin’s Russia Is Backing Donald Trump [VIDEO]

In phone calls, meetings and cables, America’s European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trump’s public statements denying Moscow’s role in cyberattacks designed to interfere with the U.S. election. They fear the Republican nominee for president has emboldened the Kremlin in its unprecedented cybercampaign to disrupt elections in multiple countries in hopes…

Report: Spy Told FBI That Russia Wants To Cultivate Trump

The former intelligence officer said FBI officials greeted his July memo with “shock and horror” but did not request additional information. The FBI then asked him for more memos in August, he added, prompting him to submit dossiers on members of Trump’s inner circle with ties to Russia. “It’s quite clear there was or is…

Trevor Noah On The Final Clinton vs. Trump Debate [VIDEO]

After the debate Trevor Noah went live for a ten-minute breakdown of events and, unsurprisingly, takedown of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “All the prostitutes in vegas must have really loved it because for once, they got to watch other people screw Americans,” said Noah, and naturally much hay was made of the debate’s crazier…

Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that is…

Trump Received Backlash After Appearing On Russian State TV [VIDEO]

Donald Trump made a controversial appearance on Russia’s state-run TV network RT on Thursday, where he defended Russia from accusations it launched a cyber-attack against the Democratic National Committee. “Who knows, but I think it’s pretty unlikely,” Trump told Larry King in the RT-exclusive interview. Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, slammed Trump…

Trump Stands by Military Sexual Assault Tweet During Forum [VIDEO]

Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that he was doing a better job than President Obama during NBC’s forum featuring questions from veterans. “The man has very strong control over a country,” he said. “Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that…