During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the six heads of the USA intelligence community gave their assessment that Russian Federation believes its 2016 election meddling was "highly successful" and they are laying the groundwork to meddle in the midterm elections later this year, Catherine Herridge reported on "Outnumbered Overtime".
"We expect Russian Federation to continue using propaganda, social media, false personas, sympathetic spokesmen, and other means to ... exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States".
Coats said that Russian Federation will continue using propaganda, false personas and social media to undermine the upcoming election.
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At Tuesday's meeting, Coats was joined by leaders of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies.
"Throughout the entire community, we have not seen any evidence of any significant change from previous year".
The New York Times and The Intercept reported last week that intelligence officials agreed past year to pay hackers over a $1 million in order to obtain information that was said to include compromising information on Trump.More news: Fox to also air NFL Draft, along with ESPN, NFL Network
"Cyber has been a game-changer in many, many ways", Coats said.
Asked whether the adversary knows about USA actions, he said, "I'd prefer to leave that for another forum".
What do you think of the news that Russian Federation may interfere with the midterm elections? Richard Burr (R-NC), said his panel would be issuing a series of reports in coming weeks on what happened in 2016.
Political analysts observe that Russia's meddling in the USA elections has its root in the past incidents of American interference in Russia's domestic politics.More news: Jeff Sessions: "Marijuana Is Illegal In The United States - Even In Colorado"