THE FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign worked with the Russian government. The National Security Agency continues to think that the Russian government intervened in last year’s election on behalf of the current president. The directors of the FBI and National Security Agency can find no evidence that supports allegations made by the current president that his predecessor wiretapped his phone.
Presented with these bits of news, which came from the opening exchanges of a hearing in the House intelligence committee, what was uppermost in the minds of the committee’s Republican members? Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the committee, began his opening statement by describing the ways in which the Russian government had tried to influence elections in the West through an updated version of KGB tactics known as “active measures”. He talked about how Russia bullies its neighbours in the Baltic states and uses a pretend news channel, Russia Today, to disseminate propaganda.
The hearing then took a strange turn. Having excoriated Russia, Mr Nunes then explained that it was also important to focus on the leaks from within the federal...Continue reading