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“Forming a working group on cyber interference in elections with Russia is akin to inviting North Korea to lead one on nonproliferation.” July 7, 2017, US Congressman Adam Schiff tweeted @RepAdamSchiff
IV. Trump Agreed to Work with Putin-Russia on Cyber Threats and Interference With Democratic Processes in the US and Other Countries!
“Ovem lupo committere” – To set a wolf to guard sheep.
Milo Winter 1919
Russia Foreign minister Lavrov announced a bilateral working group on cybersecurity between the US and Russia. Official translation linked to here via NPR journalist Lucian Kim: https://twitter.com/Lucian_Kim/status/883620642674946048
US Sec of State Tillerson announced the same in slightly different terms:
“The two leaders also acknowledged the challenges of cyber threats and interference in the democratic processes of the United States and other countries, and agreed to explore creating a framework around which the two countries can work together to better understand how to deal with these cyber threats, both in terms of how these tools are used to in interfere with the internal affairs of countries, but also how these tools are used to threaten infrastructure, how these tools are used from a terrorism standpoint as well.”
III. The Trump election commission, chaired by VP Pence, apparently wants to centralize voter information, which not only would facilitate Russian or other election tampering, but the White House can simply leak it to Russia or other countries, as well as potentially using it in other nefarious ways.
II. Trump and US House Republicans are trying to ax the agency charged with safeguarding elections by 2018: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/trump-us-house-republicans-want-to-ax-agency-charged-with-safeguarding-elections-by-2018-quigley-proposes-amendment-to-fund-protections/
I. On February 2nd, the Trump administration lifted sanctions which blocked the Russian FSB from getting the latest Information Technology (IT) products/ updates. Access to updates, etc., due to the lifting of sanctions facilitates Russian hacking of the US and Europe. The Trump administration seems to be effectively inviting Russia’s security services (FSB) to do more hacking.
READ DETAILS OF FIRST THREE HERE; https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/3-trump-policies-which-facilitate-future-tampering-with-us-elections-by-russia/
THESE ARE FOUR THAT WE HAPPENED TO NOTICE. HOW MANY MORE ARE THERE?
Photos of Trump and Putin are conspicuously absent from the White House Flickr channel- could be added later?. Top is from White House you tube video. RFERL VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/IdCC9nfylzk VOA HERE: http://youtu.be/VOpou-_Sta4
NPR Moscow correspondent twitter – https://twitter.com/Lucian_Kim
“7:18 P.M. CET
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Steve, and thanks for staying with us late these evening.
President Trump and President Putin met this afternoon for 2 hours and 15 minutes here on the sidelines of the G20. The two leaders exchanged views on the current nature of the U.S.-Russia relationship and the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship…
The two leaders also acknowledged the challenges of cyber threats and interference in the democratic processes of the United States and other countries, and agreed to explore creating a framework around which the two countries can work together to better understand how to deal with these cyber threats, both in terms of how these tools are used to in interfere with the internal affairs of countries, but also how these tools are used to threaten infrastructure, how these tools are used from a terrorism standpoint as well.
The President opened the meeting with President Putin by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. The President pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.
The two leaders agreed, though, that this is a substantial hindrance in the ability of us to move the Russian-U.S. relationship forward, and agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of non-interference in the affairs of the United States and our democratic process as well as those of other countries. So more work to be done on that regard.
I’d be happy to take your questions. You’re going to referee, Sean?
Q Mr. Secretary, Nick Waters (ph) from Bloomberg News. Can you tell us whether President Trump said whether there would be any consequences for Russia to the interference in the U.S. election? Did he spell out any specific consequences that Russia would face? . . . .
SECRETARY TILLERSON: With regard to the interference in the election, I think the President took note of actions that have been discussed by the Congress. . . . we’ve agreed to continue engagement and discussion around how do we secure a commitment that the Russian government has no intention of and will not interfere in our affairs in the future, nor the affairs of others, and how do we create a framework in which we have some capability to judge what is happening in the cyber world and who to hold accountable. And this is obviously an issue that’s broader than just U.S.-Russia, but certainly we see the manifestation of that threat in the events of last year. . . . ”