New York Times Under Fire from Pres. Trump and Don Jr

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2019

Schiff, one the president's most vocal detractors in Congress, was asked about the report published Saturday that described a previously undisclosed clandestine us operation to infiltrate Russia's electrical power grid through cyber intrusions to counter Moscow's campaign of misinformation and hacking during American elections.

"It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year", one senior intelligence official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity but declining to discuss any specific classified programs.

Two administration officials told the Times they believed President Donald Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the USA computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid.

But it also reported that two administration officials believed the president had not been briefed in detail, fearing he might countermand the action against Russian Federation or reveal sensitive information to foreign officials.

The New York Times reported earlier, citing sources, that Washington made more frequent attempts during the a year ago to introduce malware programs into the Russian energy system.

"This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country", he tweeted.

'A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post!' Trump tweeted as a flurry of new polls were released Sunday morning.

In 2017, Mr Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the USA in a White House meeting, The Washington Post first reported and CNN later confirmed.

The Times, in its official public relations account, called Trump's accusation "dangerous" and said it had told officials about the story before it was published and no security issues were raised.

Under the law, those actions can now be authorised by the defence secretary without special presidential approval.

In February in an interview with Joint Forces Quarterly, Gen Paul Nakasone, the commander of US Cyber Command, spoke of the need to "defend forward" with "persistent engagement" suggesting a shift in tactic was on the horizon.

Trump, on June 16 continued his criticisms of the New York Times, this time including the Washington Post.

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff said Sunday that he was disturbed by a report that officials avoid giving President Donald Trump full briefings on cybersecurity plans involving Russian Federation.

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