Announcing fresh sanctions against Russia this week, the U.S. Treasury Department accused Moscow of "tracking undersea communications cables" and imposed punitive measures on a St. Petersburg firm that it says provided underwater diving equipment to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). The announcement followed warnings by U.S. and other Western officials about Russian activities in recent years near undersea cables that serve as conduits for nearly all global telecommunications data. "We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don't believe we have ever seen," U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO's submarine forces, told The Washington Post in December. Britain's military chief, Sir Stuart Peach, said in December that Russia could pose a major threat to NATO by attacking undersea cables critical for international trade and the Internet. He warned that economies could be hit "immediately and potentially … [Read more...] about Explainer: How Vulnerable Are Undersea Cables That U.S. Says Russia Is Tracking?
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest White House defends Melania Trump's 'Be Best' plan in copying Obama-era booklet White House swings back at critics who say her Be Best campaign to promote kids' well-being copied a booklet by the Obama administration. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 21 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Maria Puente, USA TODAY Published 3:03 a.m. ChT May 9, 2018 | Updated 5:34 a.m. ChT May 9, 2018 CLOSE The first lady has been relatively silent during this presidency. But Monday she announced her initiative. It was a bit baffling. Take a look at our favorite jokes, then vote for yours at usatoday.com/opinion. USA TODAY Opinion_Eileen Rivers CONNECT … [Read more...] about White House defends Melania Trump’s ‘Be Best’ plan in copying Obama-era booklet
A U.S. federal judge has challenged Special Counsel Robert Mueller's authority to bring charges against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, suggesting that prosecutors were only using the case to force him to provide evidence against the president. At a tense hearing on May 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis III stated that tax- and bank-fraud charges against Manafort had nothing to do with Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 U.S. election or tried to obstruct justice. "I don't see what relationship this indictment has with what the special counsel is investigating," said Ellis, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan. In the hearing, Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, contended that a special counsel should be tightly focused on what he investigates and that charges should be dismissed if Mueller lacked authority to bring them. Government lawyer Michael Dreeben argued that the special … [Read more...] about U.S. Judge Questions Special Counsel Mueller’s Authority In Manafort Case
17:55, 19 April 2018 World The hearing gives Manafort a chance to seek dismissal of charges in an indictment against him in Washington before the case can go to trial in September. REUTERS Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will try on Thursday to convince a judge to throw out charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, arguing Mueller has overstepped his authority. Manafort, hit with two indictments accusing him of conspiracy against the United States and other crimes, backed away from an earlier request to the same judge for dismissal of the special counsel's charges during an April 4 hearing in a related civil lawsuit, Reuters said. Read also Mueller was authorized to investigate Paul Manafort's work for Ukraine – media On Thursday, Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing is expected to tell U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson during a hearing in Washington that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's order in May 2017 … [Read more...] about Reuters: Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort to seek dismissal of charges
The arrest last week of a former CIA officer suspected of spying for China exposed one of the most significant intelligence breaches in American history. But the damage is even worse than first reported, sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News. A secret FBI-CIA task force investigating the case concluded that the Chinese government penetrated the CIA's method of clandestine communication with its spies, using that knowledge to arrest and execute at least 20 CIA informants, according to multiple current and former government officials. American officials suspect China then shared that information with Russia, which employed it to expose, arrest and possibly even kill American spies in that country, said the current and former officials, who declined to be named discussing a highly sensitive matter. The possible sharing with Russia has not previously been reported. Those sobering findings, sometime after the inquiry began in 2012, led the CIA to temporarily shut down human spying … [Read more...] about Alleged CIA China turncoat Lee may have compromised U.S. Russia spies too