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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed a pact with the United States to avoid interfering in each other’s elections and other domestic affairs.   Putin cited what he called the “risk of large-scale confrontation in the digital sphere,” according to a Kremlin statement Friday.   Earlier this week, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence briefed members of Congress about what it said were active attempts by Russia, China, Iran and other nations to undermine the 2020 U.S. election set to take place in November.   U.S. intelligence agencies earlier concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.   Other Western governments have also accused Russia of utilizing both hackers and social media disinformation campaigns to undermine...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Friday concluding a pact with Washington against interfering in one another’s elections and internal affairs, just weeks before the US hosts a divisive presidential vote. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov read out Putin’s statement in a video released by the ministry, while the Kremlin chief was visiting massive military drills involving China and Iran in southern Russia. Western countries have for years accused Russia of using hackers and internet trolls to sway the outcome of elections, and US intelligence officials have said that Moscow is once again manipulating social media in favour of Donald Trump as it did in 2016. Putin’s proposal for a non-interference pact in cyberspace came amid Kremlin accusations that Western countries are...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an agreement between Russia and the United States to guarantee not to engage in cyber-meddling in each other's elections and internal affairs, the Kremlin said. In a statement ahead of U.S. presidential elections on Nov. 3, Putin called for a reset between Russia and the United States and said he wanted an agreement between the two countries to prevent incidents in cyberspace. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Mark Trevelyan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The main source used by former British spy Christopher Steele to compile a dossier that included salacious details about President Trump's ties to Russia was investigated by the FBI for suspicious contacts with the Kremlin, it has been reported. From 2009 to 2011, this source was the subject of a counterintelligence investigation for alleged contact with Russian spies, according to Fox News. The revelation was made in a letter sent by Attorney General William Barr to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina. Barr was responding to requests from Graham's committee as it relates to the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. Christopher Steele (left), the former British spy who compiled a...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government plans to impose human rights sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus as a punishment for the abuse of pro-democracy protesters. “We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament on Thursday. “We will apply all the tools at our disposal to hold Lukashenko and his regime to account, and we call on him to engage in serious and credible dialogue with the opposition.” Raab’s announcement represents a sharpening of European pressure on Lukashenko, who has relied on violence against protesters and support from Russia to withstand the domestic backlash occurring after his 26 years in...
    RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has reportedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The news comes despite a series belligerent excursions abroad by the Kremlin in recent years, including the annexation of Crimea and a nerve agent attack carried out on the streets of Salisbury. 1Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace PrizeCredit: Getty Images - Getty State-owned news agency TASS reported that the nomination was submitted on September 10. Speaking to reporters, a presidential spokesperson said the nomination had not been made by the Russian government but by a group of writers, led by an author named Sergey Komkov. "You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award,"...
    Hunter Biden allegedly sent 'thousands of dollars' to people who may have been involved in Eastern European prostitution and sex trafficking rings, according to report released on Wednesday by Senate Republicans. The report cited unspecified records which indicate that Biden 'has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.' The 87-page report was released on Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee, and focuses on Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine.  A report released by a group of Senate Republicans headed by...
    The American military threw cold water on Moscow's claim its supersonic nuclear-capable strategic bomber broke a world record for longest flight. Over the weekend, Russian media reported that two Tu-160 'Blackjack' bombers set 'a world record for [the] longest non-stop flight' on Saturday totaling more than 25 hours. 'Two crews of the Long-Range Aviation have set a new record for distance and duration on Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers,' Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash, commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, told TASS. The pilots of the bombers flew non-stop for more than 25 hours, 'covering a distance of more than 20,000 kilometers,' Kobylash said. Russian military officials over the weekend claimed that two Tu-160 'Blackjack' supersonic strategic bombers (like the...
    MOSCOW – Russia’s top diplomat complained about countries using sanctions and meddling in the domestic affairs of other nations, saying in a video message to U.N. dignitaries that such penalties hamper an effective worldwide response to issues like the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, military conflicts and international terrorism. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking ahead of a scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly later Tuesday by President Vladimir Putin, said the attempts by some countries to “meddle in the domestic affairs of other states" and their use of unilateral sanctions interfere with addressing “challenging threats the world is facing today.” “We believe that this is largely attributed to the fact that some countries are not willing to account for the...
    By DARIA LITVINOVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations, telling the U.N. General Assembly that such penalties hamper an effective worldwide response to issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, military conflicts and international terrorism. In a speech delivered when it was early Tuesday in Moscow but still Monday in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the attempts by some countries to “meddle in the domestic affairs of other states, using unilateral sanctions” interfere with addressing “challenging threats the world is facing today.” “We believe that this is largely attributed to the fact that some countries are not willing to account...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations, telling the U.N. General Assembly that such penalties hamper an effective worldwide response to issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, military conflicts and international terrorism. In a speech delivered when it was early Tuesday in Moscow but still Monday in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the attempts by some countries to “meddle in the domestic affairs of other states, using unilateral sanctions” interfere with addressing “challenging threats the world is facing today.” “We believe that this is largely attributed to the fact that some countries are not willing to account for the legitimate interests of...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations, telling the U.N. General Assembly that such penalties hamper an effective worldwide response to issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, military conflicts and international terrorism. In a speech delivered when it was early Tuesday in Moscow but still Monday in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the attempts by some countries to “meddle in the domestic affairs of other states, using unilateral sanctions” interfere with addressing “challenging threats the world is facing today.” “We believe that this is largely attributed to the fact that some countries are not willing to account for the legitimate interests...
    Let’s take a trip back in American history, but not too way back. To a time not that unfamiliar — the last presidential election. Do you remember all the stuff swirling around in 2016? Fancy Bear. Paul Manafort. Julian Assange. Guccifer 2.0. George Papadopoulos. The Steele dossier. The “Access Hollywood” tape. The FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. James Comey and Roger Stone. Remember how they all fit together? No? You’re not alone. Enter director Alex Gibney with HBO’s two-part “Agents of Chaos,” a timely yet dispiriting look at how a whole bunch of Russian dirty tricks helped Donald Trump into the White House — just in time for a possible replay. “I am interested in figuring out this Trump-Russia thing. What...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey have suspended joint patrols of the M4 highway in Syria for security reasons and will resume them once the situation there calms down, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Monday. Lavrov also said in an interview with Al Arabiya's New York bureau that a ceasefire in Libya must be reached by the parties in the conflict. Lavrov said Moscow views the possible imposition of U.S. sanctions on Russia over its partnering with Iran as illegal, according to a transcript of the interview published on the Russian foreign ministry's website. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A smiling Alexei Navalny posed on a hospital balcony with his wife Yulia today as the Russian dissident continues his remarkable recovery from being poisoned with Novichok.  Navalny, 44, held a coffee mug in one hand and wrapped his other arm around his wife's waist as she looked over the skyline of Berlin from the city's Charite hospital.  The Vladimir Putin critic hailed his wife for helping to nurse him back to health after he was taken ill and spent weeks in a medically-induced coma following his exposure to the Soviet-era nerve agent.  'Now I definitely know from experience: love heals and brings you back to life,' he said. 'Yulia, you have saved me, and let it go down in...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will resume flights with Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan from Sept. 21 and with South Korea from Sept. 27, Russia's coronavirus crisis centre, a government body, said in a statement on Friday. The flights will operate in both directions and will be weekly, the centre said. The centre also said that it was suspending the government's special evacuation flights, a program launched to return Russian citizens to Russia after international air travel links were suspended in spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will be increasing its military presence in the far-east, Reuters reported Thursday. Russia’s preemptive reinforcements are being sent because of emerging tensions in the “eastern strategic direction” and be directed towards the country’s border with China, as well as other locations throughout the Asia-Pacific, according to Reuters. Shoigu’s remarks failed to specify exactly where and what would be deployed by the military, nor did he illuminate the specific threats that spurred the action. However, he did promise that 500 units of modern equipment will be sent. MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 24: President of Russia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin (C) and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and President of...
    Two Iranian nationals have been indicted on charges of hacking into US computer networks and stealing data to sell on the black market — sometimes at the behest of the Iranian government, federal prosecutors announced. Hooman Heidarian, 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, 34, both of Hamedan, Iran, were accused Wednesday of stealing and selling hundreds of terabytes of data, including some national security intelligence, nuclear information, intellectual property and personal financial information, the Justice Department alleged in a charging announcement. “We will not bring the rule of law to cyberspace until governments refuse to provide safe harbor for criminal hacking within their borders,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement. “Unfortunately, our cases demonstrate that at...
    BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared a photo of himself in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could breathe on his own. Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed them. I still can’t do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day, “she wrote in her post on Instagram. Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to Berlin for treatment at the Charite hospital, two days after falling ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20. He spent more than a week in an induced coma while receiving treatment with an antidote. Last week, hospital officials said his condition had improved enough to bring him out...
    Alex Henderson September 14, 2020 6:58PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. On September 11, Politico reported that Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, interfered in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's reports on COVID-19 in order to make them conform to President Donald Trump's claims about the pandemic. And Caputo, journalist Mary Papenfuss reports in HuffPost, is drawing scrutiny for another reason as well: his ties to the Kremlin. Caputo, Papenfuss notes, lived in Russia for six years and served as an adviser to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin from 1995-1999 before Vladimir Putin became Russia's president. The HHS assistant secretary was an adviser to a subsidiary of Gazprom, an energy company...
    Washington — Top federal officials responsible for securing the nation's election systems said Wednesday that they have no evidence of foreign powers attempting to compromise mail-in voting, undercutting claims by President Trump that voting by mail is susceptible to foreign interference. "We have no information or intelligence that any nation-state threat actor is engaging in any kind of activity to undermine any part of the mail-in vote or ballots," a senior official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a conference call with reporters.  For months, the president has railed against states that have expanded mail-in voting ahead of November's elections amid fears about in-person voting during a pandemic. He has insisted, without evidence, that allowing...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko began talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Black Sea region of Sochi, the TASS news agency cited the Kremlin as saying. Lukashenko flew to Russia earlier on Monday to try to win Putin's help to survive weeks of mass protests against his 26-year-rule. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jon Boyle) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The German government has said specialist laboratories in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. A German military laboratory previously confirmed the substance was present in his samples. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has also received samples and is taking steps to have those tested at its reference laboratories. Mr Navalny fell ill on a Russian domestic flight on August 20. He was transferred to Germany two days later, where he has remained in hospital. The German government has said specialist laboratories have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured) was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok It...
    BERLIN (AP) — Specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, the German government said Monday. A German military laboratory previously confirmed the substance in his samples. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has also received samples and is taking steps to have those tested at its reference laboratories. Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia. Berlin has demanded that Russia investigate the case. Seibert on Monday renewed Germany’s demand that “Russia explain itself” on the matter....
    The Akademic Chersky pipe layer is seen in the Gulf of Gdansk in the Baltic Sea. According to Russia's energy minister Novak, Akademik Chersky could be involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.Vitaly Nevar | TASS | Getty Images Germany has come under increasing pressure to pull the plug on its controversial giant gas pipeline project with Russia, following the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Experts say Berlin is unlikely to do so for now, however, given the Nord Stream 2 project is over 94% completed after almost a decade's construction, involves major German and European companies, and is necessary for the region's current and future energy needs. In this case, economic and commercial...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent reference to protests in Belarus against the country’s authoritarian president. Francis didn’t mention Belarus or any country in his appeal Sunday during his noontime prayer but his comments came as the Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, traveled to Belarus to meet with church and civil authorities amid weeks of anti-government protests. “While I urge protesters to make their demands known peacefully without falling into the temptation of aggression and violence, I appeal to all those with public and governmental responsibilities to listen to the voice of their fellow citizens and to meet their just aspirations...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent reference to protests in Belarus against the country's authoritarian president. Francis didn’t mention Belarus or any country in his appeal Sunday during his noontime prayer but his comments came as the Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, traveled to Belarus to meet with church and civil authorities amid weeks of anti-government protests. “While I urge protesters to make their demands known peacefully without falling into the temptation of aggression and violence, I appeal to all those with public and governmental responsibilities to listen to the voice of their fellow citizens and to meet their just aspirations...
    A top prosecutor working for US Attorney John Durham has resigned from his highly charged probe of alleged FBI misconduct in the Russia probe – as the U.S. attorney general says more charges could be coming in the case.    Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy gave up her post and resigned by email, the Hartford Courant reported, stating the reason was at least partly due to concern the probe is being pressured for political reasons to produce its report ahead of schedule.  Dannehy did not state that as the reason in the email she circulated to colleagues, according to the paper.  Connecticut prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy gets into a cab as she leaves the Law offices of Patton & Boggs after...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham hinted at a major development related to inquiries into the Russia investigation on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman appeared on Fox News to discuss with host Sean Hannity newly disclosed documents that show that dozens of phones belonging to members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team had been "wiped" for a variety of reasons. "You think you are mad about the phones being wiped? Stay tuned. We’ll talk in about 10 or 12 days and we'll see if there is something else you can get mad about. Just stay tuned," the South Carolina Republican said. He did not elaborate, which left Hannity to say, "I hate when you are basically telling me you know something I...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia clashed with Germany and five of its Western allies Thursday over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, with Moscow’s ambassador demanding evidence that a Soviet-era nerve agent was responsible and Germany’s envoy countering that his country’s findings have been handed over to the international chemical weapons watchdog. The confrontation came at the monthly U.N. Security Council meeting on chemical weapons in Syria, with the United States, Belgium, Britain, Estonia and France expressing grave concern at Germany’s determination that 44-year-old Navalny was the victim of a chemical weapons attack using a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group. Britain’s acting U.N. ambassador, Jonathan Allen, said a similar nerve agent was used “with lethal effect” in...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia clashed with Germany and five of its Western allies Thursday over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, with Moscow’s ambassador demanding evidence that a Soviet-era nerve agent was responsible and Germany’s envoy countering that his country's findings have been handed over to the international chemical weapons watchdog. The confrontation came at the monthly U.N. Security Council meeting on chemical weapons in Syria, with the United States, Belgium, Britain, Estonia and France expressing grave concern at Germany’s determination that 44-year-old Navalny was the victim of a chemical weapons attack using a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group. Britain’s acting U.N. ambassador, Jonathan Allen, said a similar nerve agent...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors charged a Russian man who allegedly worked as a manager in the Russian government's US-election interference efforts with conspiracy to steal the identities of Americans to open bank and cryptocurrency accounts. The charges announced Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, against Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits, 27, of St. Petersburg, Russia, were part of the US government's public response against Russians who the US says are involved in the Russian election interference operation. The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Lifshits and two others allegedly part of what the US named Project Lakhta, the Russian-based effort to conduct political and electoral influence in the US ahead of the November elections. The Trump administration said that the so-called Project Lakhta has...
    Microsoft notes that, so far, the “majority” of hacking attempts it has identified have not been successful and were “stopped by security tools built into our products.” But the groups behind the attacks have still been persistent. For example, the Russian group behind the attacks, called Strontium, are the same hackers responsible for the nation’s 2016 interference campaign. So far, Strontium has targeted more than 200 organizations, including political campaigns and other groups affiliated with Republican and Democratic officials. “Similar to what we observed in 2016, Strontium is launching campaigns to harvest people’s log-in credentials or compromise their accounts, presumably to aid in intelligence gathering or disruption operations,” Microsoft says. “Many of Strontium’s targets in this campaign… are directly or...
    London (CNN Business)The future of a nearly complete gas pipeline that promises to strengthen Russia's grip on Europe's energy supply has been thrown into doubt following the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. The German government has not ruled out consequences for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as it moves to press the Kremlin for information about the poisoning, but analysts say that such a move would face multiple legal challenges and threaten Europe's cheapest supply of gas. Navalny is being treated in a Berlin hospital after being flown there from the Siberian city of Omsk.Russia was the European Union's largest supplier of natural gas last year, accounting for 38% of imports, according to the European Commission. Restricting supply would...
    CHELSEA legend could seal a Premier League return having held talks with West Brom, reports say. The Serbian international is a free agent after leaving Zenit St Petersburg at the end of last season. 1Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic could seal a Premier League return having held talks with West Brom And according to The Telegraph, newly-promoted West Brom want to sign Ivanovic on a free transfer. It is understood the deal could even be wrapped up within 48 hours, ahead of the Baggies' first game of the season, against Leicester on Sunday. The former Stamford Bridge favourite had spent three years in Russia, and appeared to have been closing in on a move to Everton. He said...
    Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later this month along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China's defense ministry announced Thursday. The "Caucus 2020" drills will deploy wheeled vehicles and light weaponry to be flown to the drill location by China's latest version transport aircraft, the ministry said in a news release. The exercises running September 21-26 will focus on defensive tactics, encirclement and battlefield control and command, the ministry said. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The exercises have special meaning for China-Russia ties "at this important moment when the whole world is fighting the pandemic," the ministry said. China has seen...
    RUSSIA has boasted some 40,000 people will receive doses of its coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V as the West continues to doubt the drug's effectiveness. Vladimir Putin's scientists handed out the first doses of the Covid-19 inoculation yesterday as the drug entered the third stages of clinical trials. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6A volunteer receives a shot of Russia's coronavirus vaccine 'Sputnik V'Credit: Alamy Live News The controversial drug was unveiled last month as it came under criticism for a potentially unsafe rapid development process. A recently published Russian study boasts the vaccine is "100 per cent effective" at beating Covid. However, western scientists have pointed to "strange patterns" in the data and...
    Alex Thomas September 9, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump reportedly surprised military officials when he told Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward about a secretive new weapons system, which the iconic Washington Post journalist writes about in his new book, titled “Rage.” In his book, which was previewed by the Washington Post — where Woodward is an associate editor — he writes that Trump told him, “I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before. We have stuff that you haven’t even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before. There’s nobody — what we have is incredible.” Woodward also writes that anonymous...
    Any student of American politics presently watching Donald Trump would never guess in a million years he was running for reelection as president of the United States of America. After years of disparaging the U.S. intelligence agencies charged with keeping Americans safe from foreign and domestic enemies alike, Trump kicked off the final stretch of the 2020 presidential election by making war on the nation's most overt line of defense: the U.S. military.  During a Labor Day press conference Monday, Trump accused top military officials of wanting "to do nothing but fight wars" so "the companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.” In other words, the military's top brass is sacrificing the lives...
    President Donald Trump compared rival Joe Biden to a flashlight with a 'dying battery' on Tuesday – the same day the Homeland Security Department warned Russia is seeking to spread 'disinformation' about Biden's mental health.  Trump's tweets on the subject were nothing new: he regularly tries to raise doubts about Biden's mental and physical fitness for office. On Tuesday, he tweeted out video of podcaster Joe Rogan, who made the flashlight comment on his show. Trump also retweeted a printed tweet to drive home the point. 'Biden, to me, is like taking a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods,' Rogan says in the clip. President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to...
    Attorney General William Barr is "just flat-out lying" to the American people with his claims that China is interfering with the November presidential election more than Russia, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday.  "Thats just a plain, false statement by the Attorney General. A flat-out false statement," the California Democrat said Sunday on CNNs "State of the Union." "You can tell that Bill Barr is just flat-out lying to the American people, and its tragic but its as simple as that." Schiff added that there have been other administrations who are "trying to mislead the public by saying that China is the bigger threat to the country, speaking in global terms because of the rising power of China." However,...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkelgreets Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.Adam Berry | Getty Images News | Getty Images German officials are increasing pressure on the Kremlin to cooperate in the investigation into the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, with one lawmaker noting this weekend that Berlin could rethink its joint massive gas pipeline project with Moscow. On Sunday, Germany's foreign minister warned Russia that if it does not contribute to an investigation then it could "force" it to rethink Nord Stream 2, its joint gas pipeline project with Russia. "I hope the Russians won't force us to change our position regarding the Nord Stream 2" pipeline, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the...
    Germany has increased pressure on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, warning that a lack of support in the investigation could “force” Germany to rethink the German-Russian gas pipeline project. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and his government, fell ill on a flight to Moscow last month and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk. After a tense standoff in which Navalny’s wife and allies asked he be transferred to a Berlin hospital, doctors gave the go-ahead and allowed Navalny to move. FILE-In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok revealed in a new book that federal investigators believed it was 'conceivable, if unlikely' that President Trump was controlled by Russia after taking the Oval Office. Speculation that the November 2016 election faced interference from Russia, under the order of President Vladimir Putin, launched investigations that resulted in a Republican-led upheaval of the federal agency.  Then-FBI director James Comey was ousted, accusations surfaced that the agency was used as pawn in a 'witch hunt' and a series of disparaging text messages linked to Strzok were used as political ammo on the national stage. Those text messages were exchanged with former FBI attorney Lisa Page, who along with Strozk, was fired as news swirled of their...
    DONALD Trump has said there is "no proof yet" that Russia poisoned Alexei Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok. On Friday, the United States president said he would "look into" claims Navalny was left incapacitated by the chemical weapon but said he won't be happy if they're true. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Trump said he'd 'take a look' at the claims Russia poisoned Alexei NavalnyCredit: AP:Associated Press 6The Vladimir Putin critic was poisoned at a Siberian airport, German officials saidCredit: AFP or licensors "It's tragic. It's terrible, it shouldn't happen," Trump told reporters. "We haven't had any proof yet, but I will take a look." Trump added that...
    In a White House press briefing Friday, President Trump said that the U.S is in talks with Russia renegotiating a nuclear nonproliferation treaty, adding that China may be brought into those talks at some point later. “We’re right now negotiating a nuclear nonproliferation treaty, which is very important,” Trump said. “To me it’s the most important thing. Some people say global warming, I don’t – I say this is far more important.” Russia has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, and the United States is a close second, and collectively the U.S. and Russia make up 90 percent of the globe’s nuclear arms, according to Defense News. RUSSIA CALLS US’S NEWEST STANCE ON NUCLEAR ARMS AGREEMENT 'UNDIPLOMATIC,' CONSIDERS NOT EXTENDING “China’s third,...
    China has taken the most active role among countries seeking to interfere in the U.S. election and has the biggest program to influence domestic politics, U.S. national security adviser Robert OBrien said on Friday, without providing any details. "We know the Chinese have taken the most active role," OBrien told reporters at a briefing. He said China had "had the most massive program to influence the United States politically," followed by Iran and then Russia. U.S. intelligence found that Russia orchestrated a cyber campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election in Republican Donald Trumps favor and there have been reports hackers may try to influence the election on Nov. 3. Moscow has denied interfering in 2016. "Weve made it very...
    Results of coronavirus vaccine trials in Russia have showed an antibody response within three weeks in all participants tested, according to findings released Friday. “The vaccine is safe, well tolerated, and induces strong humoral and cellular immune responses in 100 percent of healthy participants," the researchers said of a vaccine, called Sputnik V, in a study published in the journal Lancet on Friday. MUTATED FORM OF CORONAVIRUS MAY BE MORE CONTAGIOUS, BUT LESS DEADLY, EXPERTS SAY According to the published report, two forms of the vaccine were analyzed, frozen for large-scale use, and lyophilized (freeze-dried) to be delivered in hard-to-reach areas of the world. The researchers from the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology said they used two different injections for the...
    Alexei Nikolsky/TASS via ZUMA Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.A new intelligence report produced by the Department of Homeland Security predicts the Russian government will “continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process.” The finding suggests that Russia is already engaged in a campaign to destroy faith in the voting system at the same time that President Donald Trump has made similar claims for similar motives, with the assistance of Attorney General Bill Barr and other supporters. Russia is “likely to promote allegations of corruption, system failure, and foreign malign interference to sow distrust.” The activity...
    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure on Thursday to use a joint German-Russian pipeline project as leverage in getting Russia to provide answers about the poisoning of the Kremlin’s most determined critic. After German authorities said Wednesday that tests showed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent, Merkel called the attack a murder attempt and demanded Moscow’s cooperation. “There are very serious questions now that only the Russian government can answer, and must answer,” Merkel said. The chancellor said Germany would work with the European Union and NATO allies on a joint response. The opposition Green party said that should include an end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline...
    The West is demanding answers from Moscow today after the 'despicable and cowardly' nerve agent attack on Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.  Britain said the Kremlin 'has a clear case to answer' while NATO demanded a 'full and transparent' investigation after a German military lab found that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the Soviet-era weapon used against Sergei Skripal in 2018.  Angela Merkel is now facing pressure to get tough with Vladimir Putin, with questions growing about the future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.  One German lawmaker said 'toughness is the only language Putin understands' - suggesting that the Kremlin had targeted Navalny as a show of force to intimidate protesters in Belarus.   Navalny remains in a coma at...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr, in a wide-ranging interview on CNN Wednesday, condemned states using mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, and didn't object to President Donald Trump seemingly implying that voters should cast two ballots this November."This is playing with fire. We're a very closely divided country here," Barr said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" of changes this year where states are allowing more voting by mail because of the pandemic."People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology -- which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion -- is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire," Barr added. Attorney General William Barr: I dont think there are...
    Germany said Wednesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, leading Chancellor Angela Merkel to demand answers from the Kremlin and sparking widespread condemnation in the West. “It is certain that Alexei Navalny is the victim of a crime. He was meant to be silenced and I condemn this in the strongest possible terms, on behalf of the German government,” Merkel said. The latest in a long line of attacks on Russian defectors and opposition figures sent tensions between Moscow and the West spiralling, with Merkel saying there are now “some very serious questions that only Russia can and must answer.”  Other European figures searched for the strongest possible terms to denounce the attack,...
    Hours after the Russian government skeptically requested details from German doctors who said traces of poison were found in comatose Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Germany announced there is “unequivocal proof” that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same nerve agent Russia used in a bungled attempt to assassinate former intelligence agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter in London two years ago. The German government said on Tuesday morning that its conclusion was based on toxicology tests performed at a military hospital. “It is a disturbing development that Alexei Navalny was the victim of a chemical nerve agent in Russia,” the German statement said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly meeting with her advisers to plan Germany’s next move. Germany has...
    Germany said today it has 'unequivocal proof' that Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.  Tests carried out at a military laboratory found evidence of the Soviet-era chemical weapon that was used to attack Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018. Navalny remains in a coma in a Berlin hospital nearly two weeks after collapsing on a plane in Siberia, which made an emergency landing when he suddenly fell ill.  Germany today condemned the 'alarming' poison plot and demanded an urgent explanation from Moscow, which has denied any involvement in the anti-Putin campaigner's illness.  While Berlin stopped short of accusing Russia directly, Navalny's aide Ivan Zhdanov said Novichok 'can only be used by the state' - suggesting that...
    By GEIR MOULSON BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent that British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy, the German government said Wednesday, citing new test results. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement that testing by a special German military laboratory at the Charite’s request had now shown “proof without doubt of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.” “It is a dismaying event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia,” Seibert said. “The German government condemns this attack in the strongest terms.” Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who...
    After reviewing classified intelligence reports about Vladimir Putin’s attempts to interfere in the 2020 election over three weeks ago, Senator Richard Blumenthal tried to sound the alarm. The warning lights are flashing red. America’s elections are under attack. This week, I reviewed classified materials in the Senate’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility and received a similarly classified briefing on malign foreign threats to U.S. elections. I was shocked by what I learned — and appalled that, by swearing Congress to secrecy, the Trump administration is keeping the truth about a grave, looming threat to democracy hidden from the American people. On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement that only hints at the threats. The facts are...
            by Chuck Ross  John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, has been coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham and plans to soon declassify more documents related to the Trump-Russia probe, he said Sunday. “The question now is did the FBI have a proper predicate to begin a counterintelligence investigation at all, and that’s the issue that John Durham is looking at, and also the issue that I’m continuing to look at,” Ratcliffe said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is conducting a sprawling investigation into several aspects of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities against Trump associates. He is investigating the FBI’s decision to open an investigation...
    The Justice Department secretly dropped a probe into President Trump's financial and personal tries to Moscow that was initially supposed to form part of the Russia Investigation, it has been claimed. Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI who led the bureau for a time after James Comey was fired, said the agency was initially conducting two probes into Trump - one into election interference, and one into Trump's own ties to Russia. When the investigation was taken out of the bureau's hands and passed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, McCabe said he believed Mueller's probe would encompass everything that the FBI had been looking into.  Then-Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also gave that impression when he publicly said the...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Sunday he has had to coordinate with U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign and plans to declassify "additional documents" soon. "I pledged to a bipartisan group of senators that I would look at all of the underlying intelligence surrounding the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's interference and this idea of Trump-Russia collusion," Ratcliffe told "Sunday Morning Futures." "But I'm not going to prejudice John Durham's work in connection with that, so we've had to coordinate with his office about the timing of that. But I'm optimistic that I'll be declassifying additional documents soon." DNI RATCLIFFE DEFENDS HALTING IN-PERSON ELECTION BRIEFINGS Ratcliffe said he had spoken with Durham. John...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed he is coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham in the federal prosecutor’s inquiry into the Russia investigation and expects to make further declassifications public soon. Ratcliffe, who has overseen the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies since taking over the role in May, shed a bit of light on how the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is assisting in the "investigation of the investigators" investigation during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News and insisted he is working to ensure that any intelligence documents he releases don’t "prejudice" Durham’s inquiry. “We’ve actually, for several months, been coordinating with his team of folks to make sure that...
    John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, has been coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham and plans to soon declassify more documents related to the Trump-Russia probe, he said Sunday. “The question now is did the FBI have a proper predicate to begin a counterintelligence investigation at all, and that’s the issue that John Durham is looking at, and also the issue that I’m continuing to look at,” Ratcliffe said in an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is conducting a sprawling investigation into several aspects of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities against Trump associates. He is investigating the FBI’s decision to open an investigation in July 2016 against Trump campaign associates over...
            by Daniel Payne  Three-quarters of Democratic voters believe that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen. Asked whether it was more likely that Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 or that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign that year, 73% of Democrats said the Russia collusion theory was more likely to have occurred. In contrast, 67% of Republicans expressed more belief in the claim that the Obama administration spied on Trump during that election. Overall, 43% of voters put more stock in the Russia story. The Russia collusion theory dominated headlines and politics for roughly the first three years of the Trump...
    The United States military on Saturday accused Russian fighter pilots of conducting an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ intercept of a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber that was conducting ‘routine operations’ over the Black Sea on Friday morning. According to a statement from the Air Force, two Russian Su-27 jets crossed to within 100ft of the nose of the B-52 multiple times as the US bomber flew over international airspace. The US military said the Russian pilots’ shift to afterburner mode caused turbulence for the American aircraft, limiting the pilot’s ability to maneuver. In modern aviation, when pilots activate afterburners, it injects fuel directly into the exhaust stream of a turbine engine, increasing the thrust so that the aircraft can accelerate. Video released...
    A former Army Green Beret told the FBI last year of repeated contacts he had with Russian intelligence officers from 1996 to 2011, according to court documents released Thursday.  Peter Debbins, who went by the code name Ikar Lesnikov, disclosed his Russian spy links in a statement to the FBI on July 11, 2019.  Debbins said that a Russian intelligence officer tasked him with collecting the names of four American nuns in Russia.  Debbins was arrested last week and charged with conspiring with the Russian spies.  Former Army Green Beret Peter Debbins’ first act of collusion with Russian intelligence officers occurred in 1996 as a college student, when he provided a Russian spy with the names of four...
    Military convoys traveling the dusty roads of eastern Syria often fly one of two flags: American or Russian. Rarely are their guns pointed at each other — until Tuesday. That was when Russia allegedly violated a deconfliction arrangement in Syria, ramming an American MRAP vehicle, concussing four American service members. “Russian forces breached our deconfliction arrangement in Syria and injured U.S. service members with their deliberately provocative and aggressive behavior,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Thursday. The Department of Defense commended American personnel on the ground for de-escalating the situation and leaving the scene. Alleged videos of the incident taken by Russian military appeared to show American vehicles blocking the road and inhibiting the path of...
    An image from video posted on Youtube by Russian media outlet Rusvesna shows U.S. and Russian armored vehicles driving in close proximity at speed during a tense encounter in eastern Syria on August 25, 2020.    Washington — Russia on Thursday blamed the United States for a tense confrontation in Syria in which Russian military vehicles and helicopters surrounded U.S. armored vehicles, leaving U.S. troops injured. The White House National Security Council (NSC) said in a statement that a Russian vehicle struck a U.S. mine-resistant all-terrain vehicle, "causing injuries to the vehicle's crew." A U.S. official told CBS News senior national defense correspondent David Martin that the Russian forces were operating inside a designated "security zone" that they had agreed...
    Four US soldiers were reportedly injured in northern Syria this week after their vehicle collided with a Russian military vehicle. Footage of the collision circulating online shows US and Russian vehicles racing through an arid landscape as a Russian helicopter hovers overhead. Some accounts say the Russian vehicle rammed the American one. Footage appears to show the US vehicle steering into the path of the oncoming Russian vehicle. According to Politico, a draft statement by US Central Command says four Americans suffered mild concussion-like injuries. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post. President Trump has repeatedly said he will withdraw US troops from Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State group’s physical...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday Russia did not want the illness of opposition politician Alexei Navalny to damage ties with the West and that it was as keen as anyone else to find out what caused him to fall gravely ill. Germany, the United States and other countries have called on Russia to investigate the circumstances that led to Navalny collapsing on a plane last week after a German clinic said its initial medical examination pointed to poisoning. But the Kremlin says it is too early to say that for certain and that the medical examination is inconclusive. (Reporting by Tom Balmforth, Gleb Stolyarov and Maria Kiselyova; editing by Sujata Rao) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The U.S. military's top cyber official said Russia launched a 'concerted effort' in 2018 to meddle with the U.S.'s midterm elections and was successfully fought off.  Gen. Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, wrote in Foreign Affairs Tuesday that Cyber Command and the NSA teamed up 'to protect against meddling in the midterm elections.'   'Experts from both organizations formed the Russia Small Group, a task force created to ensure that democratic processes were executed unfettered by Russian activity,' Nakasone recalled.  Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, says in a Foreign Affairs piece published Tuesday that the military's cyber...
    Jared Kushner Jared Kushner's close relationship with the man who runs one of the Kremlin's biggest sovereign wealth funds provides yet another installment in the Trump-era series, You just can't make it up. When 45 ventilators arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in March on a plane bearing a Russian Federation insignia, just about everybody was surprised, according to reporting by The Daily Beast. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been clamoring for backup ventilator support, thinking naturally that support would come from the U.S. government. State Department officials were equally thrown by the shipment.  "Despite a department press release announcing the delivery, several senior officials working on the Russia portfolio in the department and elsewhere in the national...
    Showtime’s upcoming “Comey Rule” adds up to nothing less than ViacomCBS  using corporate money to produce a four-hour, $40 million campaign ad for Joe Biden. Watch below:  The miniseries, which airs over two nights on Showtime, is based on A Higher Loyalty, a 2018 memoir written by the discredited and disgraced James Comey, the former head of the FBI. Anyone at all familiar with the Russia Collusion Hoax can tell from the trailer that ViacomCBS’s Vote for Joe! ad is determined to spread the debunked conspiracy theory President Trump and, or, his campaign colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 presidential election, as well as the conspiracy theory Russian meddling tipped the election to Trump. Both are proven...
    Ryan Bader lost his Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship. Photo by Bellator MMA Vadim Nemkov won the Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship when he dropped the former champion with a head kick, then threw 60 unanswered shots. Nemkov dominated Ryan Bader in the 205-pound tussle at the behind-closed-doors Bellator 244 show in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. "That was one of the most explosive two-round fights I've seen," Bellator boss Scott Coker said at the post-fight press conference. Watch the second round finish below. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bellator MMA crowned a new champion when Russia's Vadim Nemkov dropped American Ryan Bader with a head kick, then threw 60 unanswered strikes at a...
    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty On a late afternoon in March, a large military aircraft bearing the Russian Federation insignia descended into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Its mission: to deliver personal protective equipment and ventilators to nearby hospitals scrambling to treat patients during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo had pleaded for weeks with the federal government for additional resources, particularly ventilators, to treat the thousands of COVID-19 patients across the state. Yet news of the Russian delivery surprised those in the governor’s office working to obtain additional medical equipment. They’d thought the ventilator support would come from the U.S. stockpile or from an American company. Officials in the U.S....
    On a late afternoon in March, a large military aircraft bearing the Russian Federation insignia descended into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Its mission: to deliver personal protective equipment and ventilators to nearby hospitals scrambling to treat patients during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo had pleaded for weeks with the federal government for additional resources, particularly ventilators, to treat the thousands of COVID-19 patients across the state. Yet news of the Russian delivery surprised those in the governor’s office working to obtain additional medical equipment. They’d thought the ventilator support would come from the U.S. stockpile or from an American company. Officials in the U.S. State Department were surprised, too. Despite a...
    (CNN)The Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation was nearly over before it began.On January 12, 2017, eight days before President-elect Donald Trump was sworn into office, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr told reporters his committee would not look into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "That's not our role," the North Carolina Republican said. Sen. Mark Warner, the panel's top Democrat, was furious, and the Virginia Democrat rallied the panel's Democrats to threaten to walk away from the investigation. But after Burr and Warner had a frank conversation, sources familiar with the matter said, the senators issued a joint statement 24 hours later walking back Burr's statement.The...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to co-operate with China and its Huawei Technologies Co on 5G technology which Moscow is currently trying to develop, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    VLADIMIR Putin's underwater “Poseidon” drone capable of "destroying America with a nuclear earthquake" is in its “final testing stage". The Russian Ministry of Defense made the revelation while promoting its “super weapons” on the country's Navy Day last month. 3The Poseidon underwater nuclear drone is nearing completion Testing of the Belgorod submarine, which will carry and launch the drones, is nearing completion and is awaiting an assembled Poseidon to test launch, officials said. Putin's regime first leaked information about the nuclear drone – then called the “Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6” - in late-2015. It can travel up to speeds of 85km/h, has an intercontinental range up to 10,000km and carries a 100-megaton warhead, according to media in Russia. Russian Navy...
    The Hollywood producer at the center of the corruption case against the National Rifle Association has had a years-long financial, creative, and apparently political relationship with a tycoon from the former Soviet Union, The Daily Beast has discovered. Multiple reports have identified Associated Television International (ATI) president David Stanton, also known as David McKenzie, as the anonymous figure who lavished gifts and trips on top NRA officials, as described in a lawsuit New York Attorney General Letitia James brought earlier this month. But unreported until now are Stanton’s dealings in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, which date to the late 1990s and have intensified in recent years with a series of joint ventures with a Russian oligarch named Sergey Sarkisov....
            by Matthew Barakat  FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia,” according to an indictment made public after his arrest. “Debbins thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size,” prosecutors alleged. The indictment also states that Debbins was motivated in part because of bitterness over his Army career and a desire to establish business contacts in...
    By MATTHEW BARAKAT FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia,” according to an indictment made public after his arrest. “Debbins thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size,” prosecutors alleged. The indictment also states that Debbins was motivated in part because of bitterness over his Army career and a desire to establish business contacts in Russia. The espionage took place...
    It’s a red-letter, if sad, day on the hypocrisy beat when after three years a Republican-majority Senate Intelligence Committee comes out with a 1,000-page report finding there was a whole lot of direct contact between the Trump 2016 campaign with Russian intelligence operators. You know, the opposite of what Donald Trump has argued forcefully over and over again is a hoax. Even Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the new committee chairman, says while it does not represent “collusion” — a conclusion that prompted Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to say Rubio was not reading the same report he did — he did acknowledge a whole lot of interaction between Team Trump and Team Russia. Of course,  Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III also...
    A former U.S. Army captain has been charged for allegedly conspiring to deliver defense information to Russian agents working for the country’s military intelligence agency after they first established contact with him back in the mid-1990s.  According to the Department of Justice, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, started traveling to Russia beginning in 1994, and, while on an independent study program in 1996, held meetings with at least one foreign intelligence agent. He allegedly told the agent he was a “son of Russian,” and the DOJ says he subsequently met with at least six other foreign intelligence agents up until about 2010.  In meetings over the years, Debbins allegedly received an official nickname from the Russian intelligence agency, signed a statement...
    OMSK, Russia — A plane carrying a Russian dissident who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning left for a German hospital Saturday following much wrangling over Alexei Navalny’s condition and treatment. The plane could be seen taking off from an airport in the Siberian city of Omsk just after 8 a.m. local time. Navalny’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, confirmed the departure on Twitter. The flight to Berlin was expected to take about five hours. Navalny, a 44-year-old politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, was admitted to an intensive care unit in Omsk on Thursday. His supporters believe that tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin...
    The Department of Justice headquarters stands on February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images A former U.S. Army Green Beret conspired with Russia's foreign intelligence arm, the GRU, providing them with national defense information from 1996 to 2011, federal prosecutors said Friday in an indictment. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, of Gainesville, Virginia, faces a single count of conspiracy to gather or deliver defense information to aid a foreign government. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. Debbins first visited Russia when was 19 years old, according to the federal indictment. His mother was born in the Soviet Union, and he met his wife in Chelyabinsk, Russia, where the couple later married. His father-in-law...
    A former U.S. Army Green Beret was arrested Friday on espionage charges, accused of handing over classified defense information to the Russian intelligence service in a conspiracy that lasted more than a decade. Prosecutors say that from 1996 to 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins conspired with Russian nationals, who told him they were intelligence agents working for the country's primary military intelligence agency, GRU. During this period, he made repeated trips to Russia, where both his wife and his mother were born.  "Our military is tasked with the awesome responsibility of protecting our nation from its adversaries, and its service members make incredible sacrifices in service of that duty," said Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia....
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia,” according to an indictment made public after his arrest. “Debbins thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size,” prosecutors alleged. The espionage took place from 1996 to 2011, prosecutors say. The court papers do not explain what led prosecutors to bring charges now or how he came to be under criminal investigation. The...
    A former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces was arrested Friday on charges of conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with classified information that could harm U.S. national security, including details about his unit deployed on the Russian border. Federal prosecutors accuse Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, of conspiring with and passing information along to members of Russian intelligence, including the notorious Main Intelligence Directorate known as the GRU, from December 1996 to January 2011, during which he allegedly told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia” and was assigned the code name “Ikar Lesnikov.” He met his wife in Russia and married her there in 1997 after he agreed to work with the...
    Federal prosecutors have charged a former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia with espionage activity with Russia dating back as far as 1996. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, of Gainesville, periodically met Russian intelligence and in 1997 was even assigned a code name by Russian intelligence agents after signing a statement saying that he wanted to serve Russia, according to prosecutors. “When service members collude to provide classified information to our foreign adversaries, they betray the oaths they swore to their country and their fellow service members," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia., whose office is prosecuting the case. "As this indictment reflects, we will be steadfast and dogged in holding such individuals...