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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trump’s Unsecured Phone May Be ‘Largest White House Breach Ever’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump’s decision to keep using an unsecured iPhone, despite the recommendations of national security officials, has left at least one former George W. Bush administration official aghast.

In an interview with Fast Company, former Bush White House chief information officer Theresa Payton said that Trump’s phone “may be the largest White House breach ever.”

In an email sent to Fast Company, Payton said that giving rival foreign powers direct access to the president’s thinking during his personal phone calls with friends would be an unprecedented security disaster.

“This stunning revelation by the NYT is one that has sweeping ramifications for intelligence and the security of the American people,” she said.…

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Nuke Treaty Blowup Is Trump’s Latest Gift To Putin

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

By Bernie Dennler III

 

 

Donald Trump told reporters this weekend that the United States will “terminate” the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a landmark arms control agreement with Russia that has helped keep global peace since the Cold War.

The U.S.-Russia treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, forced both countries to scrap all of their nuclear missiles that had a short enough range (500 to 5,500 km) to be launched in a surprise nuclear strike without early warning.

Trump justified the move by accusing Russia of having violated the agreement, and said they’ve “been violating it for years.” Indeed, U.S.…

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Kremlin-Linked Operative Charged With Interfering In US Midterm Elections

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A Russian woman named Elena Khusyaynova was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States Friday by the Justice Department as she stands accused of working to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” said U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. “This case demonstrates that federal law enforcement authorities will work aggressively to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of unlawful foreign influence activities whenever feasible and that we will not stand by idly while foreign actors obstruct the lawful functions of our government.”

The indictment says that Khusyanynova worked as the chief accountant for Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, a powerful Russian oligarch known as “Putin’s chef.”

Assistant Attorney General Demers said Khusyanynova “conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with U.S.…

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