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Senate Intelligence Committee Open Hearing on Russia And 2016 Elections


Chairman Senator Burr and Vice Chairman Senator Warner

Senate Intelligence Committee Open Hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities and the 2016 US election.  Links to both hearings are contained in the ‘quoted’ paragraphs from C-Span.

Fascinating testimony.  Very long but worth a listen. It was nice to know quite a few of the experts.

Russian and 2016 Elections, Part 1. The Senate Intelligence Committee heard testimony from witnesses on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its capabilities to influence elections in other Western democracies. Clinton Watts, a former FBI special agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, detailed how he was hacked by Russia and how Russia was able to interfere in the 2016 elections through various online mechanisms. Other experts who testified cited other instances of Russian interference in democratic elections.

Russian Interference in 2016 Election, Part 2 Former Obama administration U.S. Cyber Command Commander Keith Alexander and two other cyber experts testified at a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its capabilities to influence elections in other Western democracies. General Alexander said the time is now for the U.S. to formulate a comprehensive cyber strategy and rules of engagement given Russia’s demonstrated capabilities. During the hearing Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 presidential candidate, confirmed his campaign was targeted by hackers in Russia.

For the most part the experts and the Senators seemed to understand that cyber was a means to getting information and influence concerned using that information, combined with other information.   “Intent” even raised its head.

The only person who didn’t seem to “get it” was Senator Diane Feinstein, who did not seem to understand the difference between cyber and influence.  Senator, the two are not interchangeable.

Clinton Watts referred to a set of recommendations he made.  Those will be contained in a follow-on article.

 

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