Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump calls newspaper report on Russia power grid 'treason'

Trump calls newspaper report on Russia power grid 'treason'

The placement of the malware that deep within the Russian grid had never previously been attempted, the Times reports, and is intended partly as a warning and also to put the United States in a position to conduct cyber attacks should a significant conflict arise with Russia. Mr Trump said in one of the tweets. Trump may not have been briefed on the details of parts of the alleged attacks, according to the NYT piece.

Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia's power grid and other targets, the Times reported.

Late Saturday, however, he unleashed a broadside on the Times for its story disclosing that the USA had secretly stepped up its online attacks on Russia's power grid. Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today.

Trump responded to the report on Twitter Saturday night, stating the story was not true and describing it as a "virtual act of treason".

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

Trump has claimed the Russian Federation report and booming economy are grounds for a high approval rating, and laments polls that show otherwise are 'fake'.

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 Times responded to Mr Trump's tweet, pointing out its note in the story that they had spoken to national security officials who had no national security concerns about their reporting.

But the action inside the Russian electric grid appears to have been conducted under little-noticed new legal authorities, slipped into the military authorization bill passed by Congress last summer.

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. The paper added that two sources said they were under the impression that the president was not given detailed briefings on USA efforts to infiltrate Russian power grids, with Trump's own advisers wary he might respond by shutting the missions down or discuss it with Russian officials.

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