Amid the background of distrust is a plan Trump is reportedly considering to reorganize the US intelligence apparatus. According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the proposal, Trump is considering diminishing the director of national intelligence and returning the CIA directorship, under Trump’s pick Mike Pompeo, to its prime role within the intelligence community. Trump’s incoming press secretary Sean Spicer called the report “100% false”. … [Read more...] about Russia hacking: US intelligence chief hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘disparagement’
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“Obviously this helps them size up Trump, this helps them get a read on how he is going to behave. And for Beijing this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. From their perspective this is not a peripheral issue. This is the core issue. This is also the core issue in US-China relations. And when the US president pokes his finger in this one, it is a hornets nest.” … [Read more...] about Trump’s Taiwan call exposes his inexperience, China state media say
“Kislyak was acting strategically to engage individuals the Russian government thought could be key allies in the incoming US administration,” said Alina Polyakova, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center in Washington. “What is surprising is how successful they’ve been: Sessions is the second person after Flynn revealed to have had meetings they tried to cover up, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more to come.” … [Read more...] about Who is Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador rattling Trump’s presidency?
Six months after the GRU men screwed up in Salisbury, their boss, Igor Korobov, died in mysterious circumstances. Harding interviews a former GRU officer, Viktor Suvorov, who says: “My spy instinct tells me that Korobov was murdered. Everyone sitting inside GRU would understand this, 125%.” If this all feels like a rejected Bond script, one should note Catherine Belton’s story in her book, Putin’s People, that the Russian president spent his formative years as a KGB officer, running far-left terrorists in the Red Army Faction active in West Germany from his base in Dresden in East Germany. Putin is only doing now what he knows best: running infiltration agents to sow chaos in the west. … [Read more...] about Shadow State by Luke Harding review – Putin’s poisonous path to victory
His ratings really took a tumble when then-President Ronald Reagan called him an 'invalid', questioning the candidate's mental state - which has also become an issue for both Trump and Biden, as they have been criticized over their mental sharpness. … [Read more...] about Failed US presidential candidate Michael Dukakis warns Joe Biden not to take polls too seriously after he lost 1988 election despite being 17 points ahead of George Bush in July