Senate Hearing on “Foreign Cyber Threats” Begins


The Senate Armed Services Committee began a hearing Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, to discuss “foreign cyber threats to the United States.”

This is a developing story.

Primarily, the discussion at the hearing Thursday morning involves the claim of Russian hacking of the DNC and the Clinton campaign, to influence the American election, as well as the claim that Russia is responsible for spreading fake news on social media.

Despite the fact that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeatedly denied that their source was Russia, U.S. intelligence agencies maintain Russia is behind it.

Reported by CNN:

“We assess that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre and the Commander of US Cyber Command, Michael Rogers, said in a joint statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
This is a live-streaming video of the hearing that is currently underway Thursday morning. 

The New York Times reports:

The group will hear testimony from James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence; Marcel Lettre, the under secretary of defense for intelligence; and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a leader of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command.

Other Republicans on the committee include Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close McCain ally and fellow hawk on Russia, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

On the Democratic side, members include Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is making her hearing debut after being named to the committee.

President-elect Donald Trump has already addressed the issue on Twitter Thursday morning:

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