Director of two us secret service — Federal Bureau of investigation and the national security Agency, James Comey and Michael Rogers said that in mid-2016, Russia was confident in the victory of the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential elections. Reports RIA Novosti, they stated during the hearings in the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress.
To the question whether they consider that Moscow was confident of victory, Clinton, Rogers replied "Yes". The Komi, in turn, explained: "Yes, in August-September was so".
The head of the FBI was asked to clarify why he mentioned these two months. Komi explained that, according to him, the Russians in late summer, believed that the Republican Donald trump has no chance, so they allegedly sent their efforts to "undermine" Clinton.
Komi said that Russia was trying to hack the "many organizations" in the United States before the presidential election. "What we can say in an unclassified hearing and in our report that there have been attempts to infiltrate organizations associated with the Republican party," he said.
According to the Director of the FBI, the hackers were unable to obtain information from these organizations.
Komi has agreed with opinion of the Democrats in the house that "hacking, cybertechnology as part of the hybrid and information warfare" was used in relation to both Democratic and Republican parties.
In the United States have repeatedly accused Russia, which allegedly intervened in the presidential campaign to help Trump win. Under the assumptions of the representatives of the administration of former President Barack Obama and secret service, in July, Russian hackers broke into the servers of the National Committee of the Democratic party, and the party Committee of the Congressional. Moscow all charges have been consistently denied.
The Pentagon began reviewing reports of the deaths of about 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul in the result of the U.S. airstrikes on positions of the international terrorist organization "Islamic state" (banned in Russia). The investigation concerns air strikes, which could be applied in the period from 17 to 23 March.
A former assistant to the President for homeland security Michael Flynn discussed with the Turkish authorities for the extradition of preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of attempting a coup. The meeting discussed the idea of "in the dead of night to sweep this guy away" without extradition process, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Russia submitted for consideration by the U.S. Supreme court, the arguments used in support of the decision to cancel the sentence of Russian citizen Viktor bout. Lawyer Alexei Tarasov said that this is unprecedented. The document refers to "rules of international law, particularly extraterritorial jurisdiction."
Eight Arctic countries, including Russia and the United States signed a statement on cooperation in the region. The document specifies the "basic principles and rules of the exchange of information on emergencies at sea and joint operations in the Arctic." In addition, the parties agreed to joint military exercises.
The German state Bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau transferred 5.4 billion euros to the accounts of four banks due to a technical failure. KfW staff quickly noticed incorrect work of the system and interrupted operations. All funds sent was returned.
Russia re-introduced in the UN security Council a draft resolution which seeks to prevent the ingress of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation Vladimir Safronkov said that the militants are using every opportunity to establish production of such weapons.