President’s ratings slip six points since June, poll findsElection held for North Carolina’s ninth congressional district 3.09pm BST More details are coming to light about the high-level source reportedly extracted from the Russian government in 2017, partly over concerns that the person’s identity may be revealed by Trump or his administration.The New York Times has now reported the source provided secrets to the US for decades and was a key informant on Russia’s 2016 election interference. But the Times threw a bit of cold water on the idea that Trump was one of the reasons for the extraction. From the paper’s front-page report:As American officials began to realize that Russia was trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election, the informant became one of the C.I.A.’s most important — and highly protected — assets. But when intelligence officials revealed the severity of Russia’s election interference with unusual detail later that year, the news media picked up on details about the C.I.A.’s Kremlin sources.C.I.A. officials worried about safety made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia. The situation grew more tense when the informant at first refused, citing family concerns — prompting consternation at C.I.A. headquarters and sowing doubts among some American counterintelligence officials about the informant’s trustworthiness. But the C.I.A. pressed again months later after more media inquiries. This time, the informant agreed. … 2.50pm BST Trump has sent out repeated Twitter endorsements for Dan Bishop, the Republican running in North Carolina’s special congressional race. The latest one came about 20 minutes ago.NORTH CAROLINA, VOTE FOR DAN BISHOP TODAY. WE NEED HIM BADLY IN WASHINGTON! Continue reading…
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Author : Joan E Greve in Washington
Publish date : 2019-09-10 14:11:24
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