The Intelligence on Russia Was Clear. It Was Not Always Presented That Way.

A newly declassified intelligence report made clear that government agencies long knew of Russia’s work to aid Donald Trump, but he and allies muddied the waters.

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

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Trump Administration Politicized Some Intelligence on Foreign Election Influence, Report Finds

A report to lawmakers from a watchdog in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence criticizes how threat intelligence was analyzed and presented.

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

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Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say

Russia’s hackers appeared to be preparing to sow chaos amid any uncertainty around election results, officials said.

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Iran Is Behind Threatening Emails Sent to Influence Election, U.S. Officials Say

Both Iran and Russia have obtained voter information, the officials warned, but there was no indication that any votes themselves have been altered.

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The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

John Ratcliffe is breaking norms, which could weaken our defenses.

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John Ratcliffe Pledged to Stay Apolitical. Then He Began Serving Trump’s Political Agenda.

The director of national intelligence is said to be planning more disclosures of intelligence that undermines the Russia investigation.

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Brennan Rebuffed Requests to Lower Confidence in Key Russia Finding

The revelation that the former C.I.A. director sided with analysts over senior officers, contained in his new book, has been a focus of the Justice Department review of the Russia inquiry.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

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Trump Creates His Own ‘Deep State’

The director of national intelligence is ending oral briefings with Congress — a significant step toward eroding oversight and expanding executive overreach.

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American Intelligence Knows What Russia Is Doing

Congress needs to understand about foreign election meddling, too.

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Shift on Election Briefings Could Create an Information Gap for Voters

The elimination of in-person election security briefings to Congress could leave the public with a diminished understanding of the threats facing the election as it enters a critical phase.

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Unwanted Truths: Inside Trump’s Battles With U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Last year, intelligence officials gathered to write a classified report on Russia’s interest in the 2020 election. An investigation from the magazine uncovered what happened next.

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New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties

Criticized for its inaction, the Trump administration commissioned a new look at a months-old intelligence assessment. It emphasizes gaps.

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Data on Financial Transfers Bolstered Suspicions That Russia Offered Bounties

Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

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Senate Approves John Ratcliffe for Top Intelligence Job in Sharply Split Vote

The congressman from Texas was confirmed by a divided Senate to take over an office at the center of the Trump administration’s investigations of Obama administration officials.

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Senate to Consider Trump’s Pick to Lead Intelligence Agencies

The hearing for John Ratcliffe will be the first to employ social-distancing rules for senators since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

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Trump Ally Sees Easier Path to Intelligence Post in Second Attempt

Representative John Ratcliffe, an outspoken defender of President Trump, still faces questions about his partisanship and qualifications to be director of national intelligence.

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The Cloud Forming Over America’s Spies

A retired C.I.A. officer sees danger ahead for the independence and political impartiality of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies if Trump’s choice for director of national intelligence is confirmed.

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Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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