Rosenstein defends charging Russians as a deterrent

Rosenstein defends charging Russians as a deterrent

The report comes three days after President Trump's widely criticized meeting and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a week after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russians accused of election meddling, The report also comes the same day Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reiterated that Russia is the most aggressive state actor continuing to attempt to influence US affairs.

"We must address foreign national security threats patriotically as Americans, and not politically as Republicans and Democrats", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at the annual Aspen Security Forum.

Affirming that Russian Federation is not the only foreign adversary targeting the U.S. with cyber-threats, Rosenstein's comments come only days after The New York Times reported that a "besieged Trump" appeared to be ad-libbing when he said that foreign meddling "could be other people also.a lot of people out there".

His speech followed a week in which Russian influence was once again shown to have a transformative impact on modern American political life.

Mueller's office has already charged more than two dozen Russian hackers and intelligence operatives for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Rosenstein said Russian Federation has long used malign influence operations to attack the United States and other countries.

That contradicted the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies and prompted a rare public dissent from the U.S. director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.

The policy, which is part of a report issued on a new Cyber Digital Task Force, set up by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February, also specifies that in considering whether to disclose information, the department must protect intelligence sources and methods, investigations and other government operations.

The goal of those campaigns was to exacerbate social divisions and undermine confidence in government institutions, Rosenstein said.

Russians took on the identities of American citizens and spread toxic and divisive messages about race, immigration and religion online to manipulate voters, prosecutors said.

The government will inform American companies, private organizations and individuals that they are being covertly attacked by foreign actors attempting to affect elections or the political process. But President Barack Obama anxious that he would be perceived as tilting the scales toward Hillary Clinton if he revealed the plot.

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