Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Acting U.S. Secretary Of Defense Shanahan Withdraws As Defense Secretary Nominee





Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: Trump FIRES acting Pentagon secretary Patrick Shanahan after defense chief revealed to have been accused of hitting wife in drunken row but claimed he was the victim

* President Trump said Patrick Shanahan decided not to go forward with confirmation
* Trump had yet to send the formal nomination of Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan to the Senate
* Both Shanahan and wife Kimblerly told authorities the other had hit them in a dispute in 2010
* The counter claims are described in years of divorce filings
* Trump announced the nomination May 9
* The holdup was revealed amid increased tensions with Iran as the U.S. sends more troops to the region
* 2010 incident in Seattle ended up with the couple on front lawn of their home after police were called after both were drinking

President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the nomination of Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan – following revelations about years-old domestic violence claims involving Shanahan and his former wife.

'Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,' Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

'I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!' the president wrote.

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WNU Editor: Apparently this family affair involves a domestic violence dispute with his ex-wife which resulted in her arrest .... FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor (USA). Other reports are saying that the children do not want to revisit this dispute, a dispute that since it is now being reported, would have been brought up in the confirmation process and covered non-stop by the media. Sighhhh .... this is not how you want to end your career. I now understand why President Trump has delayed this process, and why he was asking allies a few weeks ago on who would they support as a Defense Secretary.

More News On Acting U.S. Secreary Of Defense Shanahan Withdrawing As Defense Secretary Nominee

Read the full statement from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan about a 2010 domestic case -- USA Today
Shanahan steps down to avoid ‘painful’ family situation -- AP
Shanahan drops out of contention to lead Pentagon, as Trump taps Army secretary -- FOX News
Shanahan withdraws from consideration to be U.S. defense secretary -- Reuters
Shanahan Withdraws as Defense Secretary Nominee -- The New York Times
As Trump’s defense pick withdraws, he addresses violent domestic incidents -- The Washington Post
Shanahan out: Acting defense secretary withdraws his confirmation bid amid family issues -- Military Times
Trump says Shanahan out of confirmation process to be defense secretary -- CNN
Trump says Shanahan out as Defense secretary nominee -- The Hill
Shanahan Steps Down as Acting Defense Secretary After Reports of FBI Investigation -- Military.com
Shanahan's defense secretary nomination collapses, leaving another void in Trump's Cabinet -- Politico
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down, withdraws from Cabinet consideration -- NBC
Patrick Shanahan: Trump says his choice for Pentagon chief is out -- BBC
Trump's pick for Pentagon chief has unexpectedly pulled his name out of the running and stepped down -- Business Insider
Trump announces acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will step down -- Axios

President Trump And President Xi Confirm G20 Meeting And The Restarting Of US-China Trade Talks



SCMP: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping confirm G20 meeting and restarting of US-China trade talks

* Trump tweets that he and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, while Xi is quoted as saying he will meet Trump to ‘exchange opinions’ on Sino-US relations
* The two negotiating teams ‘will begin talks prior to our meeting’, Trump writes

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that he and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will meet next week at the G20 summit in Japan, while the Chinese president was quoted as saying he was “willing” to meet Trump at the international forum to “exchange opinions” on Sino-US relations.

Meanwhile, the two negotiating teams “will begin talks prior to our meeting”, the US president tweeted.

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WNU Editor: I am not optimistic that these talks will be successful.

More News On President Trump And President Xi Confirming A G20 Meeting And The Restarting Of US-China Trade Talks

U.S., China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting -- Reuters
Trump says he’ll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan -- AP
Trump says having 'extended meeting' with Xi at G20 summit -- AFP
Trump to have 'extended meeting' with Chinese leader -- The Hill
will have ‘extended meeting next week’ at G-20 -- CNBC
Trump to meet with China's Xi Jinping at the G20 in make or break trade-war showdown -- Business Insider
Trump Says He’ll Have ‘Extended’ Meeting With Xi at G-20 -- Bloomberg
Trump announces new US-China trade talks ahead of his G20 meeting with Xi -- RT
Trump-Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce -- AFP

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Does A Public Apology After Protests. Says Extradition Bill Is 'Unlikely' To Pass



Daily Mail: Beijing-backed Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises AGAIN and says the extradition bill is 'very unlikely' to pass after two million protesters demand she step down over the proposed law

* Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam apologised today, this time in person
* The Beijing-backed leader said she intends to finish her term as chief executive
* Leader reiterated that the extradition bill is 'very unlikely' to pass after protests
* Apology comes after protesters rejected a brief statement she put out Sunday
* Sunday's mass protest against the extradition bill drew nearly two million people

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam today apologised to the public a second time over a controversial extradition law that sparked some of the city's most violent mass demonstrations.

'I have heard the people loud and clear ... I offer my most sincere apology to each and every Hong Kong citizen,' the chief executive said during a press conference. 'This incident has made me realise that I have to do better.'

The apology came after protesters rejected a brief government statement she put out on Sunday following an unprecedented march, which organisers said drew nearly two million people. The statement failed to pacify many marchers who said they no longer trusted her and doubted her ability to govern.

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More News On Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Publicly Apologizing After Protests

The Latest: Pro-democracy HK lawmakers reject apology -- AP
Hong Kong leader signals end to extradition bill but refuses to quit -- Reuters
Hong Kong protesters slam leader’s apology, demand she quit -- AP
Hong Kong leader apologises for extradition crisis but refuses to step down -- BBC
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologizes after mass protests -- UPI
Hong Kong leader refuses to step down after mass protests -- DW
Hong Kong's leader 'sincerely sorry' after record-breaking protests, but she's not resigning -- CNN

World News Briefs -- June 18, 2019


Reuters: Trump says U.S., Chinese teams to restart trade talks ahead of G20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders’ teams would restart trade talks after a long lull in order to prepare for a meeting at the G20 summit later this month.

The United States and China are in the middle of a costly trade war that has pressured financial markets and damaged the world economy. Talks between the two sides to reach a broad deal broke down last month and interaction since then has been limited.

Trump has made no secret that, despite his threat to escalate the dispute with more U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, he would like to meet with Xi at the Group of 20 meeting in Japan next week.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria says it doesn't want to fight with Turkey.

UN says Yemen conflict is worsening.

Iran, Russia accuse U.S. of bullying, pushing war.

China asks US to 'alter its extreme pressure methods' on Iran.

US Senators to get new round of closed-door Iran briefings amid growing tensions.

Germany says there is 'strong evidence' Iran behind tanker attacks.

Turkey: Erdogan slams Egypt's 'tyrants' as thousands mourn Morsi.

Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: Anadolu.

ASIA

Xi Jinping's North Korea visit aims to solve 'problems,' Beijing says.

The Trump summit in Hanoi broke down, but Xi’s Pyongyang visit is set to give Kim political capital – and tonnes of food.

Chinese state media accuses US of ‘manufacturing’ idea it poses a strategic threat.

Indian soldier, army major killed in 2 days of clashes with militants in Kashmir.

South Korean officials see momentum in stalled nuclear talks.

New hiking trails in Korean DMZ offer rare access to forbidden areas.

Duterte calls for calm after Philippine boat sinking.

China's Muslim minority seek sanctuary in Kazakhstan.

Man who shared video of New Zealand attacks jailed for 21 months.

AFRICA

Nigeria villagers in Borno mourn the dead, lament state failures.

Hundreds of thousands flee violence in northeast DR Congo: UN.

Sudan protesters urge night rallies amid impasse with military.

EU: Sudan military responsible for deaths, violence committed against the public.

Those who oppose military are 'enemies of Algeria': army head.

DR Congo's army moves in to dislodge illegal miners.

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi has been swiftly and secretly buried amid high security — less than 24 hours after his shock death in the middle of an espionage trial.

EUROPE

Merkel backs Ukraine's Zelenskiy in Russia dispute.

Greece and Cyprus call on EU to punish Turkey in drilling dispute. Cyprus expects 'stronger' EU stand on Turkey's drilling.

US and Russia clash over power grid 'hack attacks'.

West trying to hamper Russian cooperation via hybrid war means — Russian intel chief.

Tory leadership: Counting starts after second Tory leadership ballot closes – live news.

MH17: prosecutors to identify suspects and file first charges.

Macron’s government unveils ‘tough’ reform of unemployment benefits.

AMERICAS

Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants.

Trump says attacks on oil tankers 'very minor''.

Trump promises 'wild' campaign launch rally.

Venezuelan President Maduro 'no longer feels safe' and is looking for a safe exit before his army turns on him, Colombian leader claims.

Colombia deports undocumented Venezuelans entering Cucuta.

Quebec bans some public servants from wearing religious clothing, symbols.

Ninth American tourist dies in Dominican Republic.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

rump says ‘I think I know’ who was behind 9/11 attacks.

Suspected jihadists raid Nigeria military base, town.

Strait of Hormuz: imbalance of forces and guerilla warfare.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Trump accuses Europe of deliberately weakening the euro against the dollar to hurt the U.S. economy and turns up heat on Federal Reserve to cut interest rates.

Paris Air Show: Airbus secures over 100 new plane orders, Boeing records zero.

Facebook to launch global ‘Libra’ cryptocurrency.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 18, 2019



RT: Russian Air Force gets 1st pair of top notch MiG-35 fighters (VIDEO)

The Russian military has received its first pair of new MiG-35 jets. The multi-role fighter aircraft is set to replace the older generation MiG-29 warplanes and may be later shipped overseas, its manufacturer said.

Four more to be delivered this year, the head of the MiG Corporation, Ilya Tarasenko announced on Monday. He added that the jets can be exported overseas, with India being among the possible buyers.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 18, 2019

‘Real Men’ Must Serve in the Army, Majority of Russians Say -- Moscow Times

Russian lawmakers back Putin on withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty -- The Hill

Russia to Start Delivering Be-200 Aircraft to US and Chile - Manufacturer -- Sputnik

Russian missile frigate passes through Panama Canal into the Caribbean -- TASS

Crimean S-400 teams join large-scale Air Force and air defense drills in south Russia -- TASS

Analyst: New Photos Are ‘Smoking Gun’ Proving Iranian Involvement in Tanker Attack -- Sam LaGrone, USNI News

The US military is building a case against Iran with clearer images from the latest tanker attacks -- Business Insider

Trump orders 1,000 MORE troops to the Middle East as Pentagon reveals color 'proof' that Iran's Revolutionary Guards attacked oil tankers in the Gulf -- Daily Mail

Here's the Firepower the U.S. Has Moved into the Gulf Region Amid Iran Threats -- Military.com

Trump Weighs Military Options Against Iran -- Foreign Policy

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 17, 2019 -- USNI News

U.S. Commander Says China Tried to Sneak Into American Military Base in Africa -- Newsweek

The Army's Devil Brigade took its Stinger missiles to the Black Sea to practice taking on enemy aircraft -- Business Insider

KC-46 fix months away as more debris found in new refuelers -- UPI

Lockheed WILL Force Down F-35 Flight Costs: Ulmer -- Breaking Defense

Low-cost Valkyrie unmanned aircraft completes second test flight -- UPI

BAE Systems to install vehicle control systems on Boeing's MQ-25 refueling drones -- UPI

US Air Force Successfully Flies its Hypersonic Missile for the 1st Time -- Sputnik

Northrop to build 3D-printed scramjet engine for Raytheon hypersonic weapon -- Defense News

Boeing nabs five-year, $6.5B extension for JDAM guidance kit services -- UPI

Panel Says U.S. Military Recruitment Pool Must Broaden -- USNI News

How the Pentagon competes against Silicon Valley for tech talent -- Yahoo Finance

How Big Tech is helping build the Pentagon’s all-seeing eye-in-the-sky -- Fast Company

US Forces Korea is lifting its curfew for 90 days to see if troops can behave -- Army Times

Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income, documents show -- Reuters

Pentagon announces $250 million in military aid to Ukraine -- RT

Critics protest plan for US military to use Galápagos island for anti-drug trafficking flights -- Military Times/AP

US, Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400 dispute: Top NATO general -- Hurriyet Daily News/Reuters

Turkey unveils new stealth-fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program -- Business Insider

WATCH Polish Landing Ship Suffer Damage to Hull Amid NATO Drills in Baltic Sea -- Sputnik

Under US pressure, Afghan army starts closing checkpoints -- AFP

The Increasingly Dangerous Politicization of the U.S. Military -- David Barno and Nora Bensahel, War On The Rocks

WATCH Su-35, Su-30 Jets’ Refuelling Process From Pilot's Perspective


Sputnik: WATCH Su-35, Su-30 Jets’ Refuelling Process From Pilot's Perspective

Aerial refuelling allows multipurpose jets and strategic aircraft to perform lengthier flights over longer ranges to conduct missions far away from the air bases where they are stationed.

Russian TV channel Zvezda has shown rare footage of Russian Su-35S and Su-30SM jets shot from the pilot's perspective refuelling mid-air. The camera installed in the cockpit, shot the full process of aerial refuelling – the take-off, approach to the Il-78 fuel tanker, connection of the probe to the fuel hose with a drogue and the landing. The whole process happened at an altitude of 5-6 kilometres and at a speed of around 600 kilometres per hour.

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WNU Editor: This is video that the Russian Defense Ministry rarely releases for public consumption.

Chinese Railgun Ship CAught On Video



Sputnik: WATCH Chinese Ship Test Cutting-Edge Railgun

The gun, which uses magnetic force to propel projectiles, is thus expected to have greater range and power than those firing explosive charges.

Footage published this week shows the Haiyang Shan, a Chinese Navy Type 072 landing vessel, equipped with a railgun.

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WNU Editor: It is a short clip, and you only see the gun in the first second. But the rest of the ship to support this rail-gun is revealed.

Has President Trump Already Won The 'Trade War'?

Chinese Presidnet Xi.Reuters

Gordon G. Chang, National Interest: Trump Has Already Won the ‘Trade War’

American companies are now starting to understand that, deal or no deal, the friction between Washington and Beijing will continue.

n Sunday, the Communist Party’s most important journal expounded on Sino-U.S. relations in advance of the anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese ruler Xi Jinping at the end of this month at the Osaka G-20.

A thirteen-thousand-character essay in Qiushi—Seeking Truth—stated that China wants a “win-win agreement” but is prepared to “resolutely struggle to the end.”

Beijing has yet to confirm that Xi will meet Trump in Japan.

Trump has said “it doesn’t matter” whether the two of them sit down, and he is right. As a practical matter, he has already won the so-called “trade war.” Trump prevailed by convincing the world’s manufacturers that they must leave China.

In one sense, the importance of the planned talks is hard to overestimate. As the Washington Post’s editorial board stated in an editorial Saturday, “The United States and China are at a hinge point in the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.”

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WNU Editor: Gordon G. Chang's analysis is spot on. Supply chains are now looking for alternative locations that are more stable and dependable than China, and as a result this trade war is only going to further the deindustrializae China. What also strikes me about this entire story has been China's unwillingness to compromise and/or keep to their past promises on addressing its massive trade surplus with the U.S.. The golden rule in business is that you never make your number one customer angry with you. The U.S. has been (and still is) China's number one customer for its exports, but China is going out of its way to antagonize this customer, even declaring a people's war against the U.S.. Talk about being arrogant and short-sighted.

Beijing Signals To President Trump that He Has To Work Harder To Meet President Xi At The G20


WSJ: Beijing Slams Washington's Latest "Feeble Attempt" To Set Up Trump-Xi Meeting

With the deadline for arranging a meeting between the two world leaders coming down to the wire, Beijing would apparently like to make it clear to Washington that, if Trump wants a meeting with Xi in Osaka, he's going to need to work a little bit harder.

On an already busy Tuesday morning, Global Times editor Hu Xijin brushed off what he described as a feeble attempt by Washington to ease tensions with China in a tweet, threatening to revive trade fears as markets continue their MTD rebound.

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WNU Editor: They are going to meet. The alternative would be the U.S. raising tariffs even more, a prospect that will cost China dearly.

Report: The World's Nuclear Powers Are Upgrading Their Arsenals

The world's nuclear powers are upgrading their capabilities, while the number of warheads is down.

DW: Nuclear powers upgrade arsenals as numbers fall: SIPRI

Nuclear-weapon powers continue to modernize their arsenals despite an overall reduction in warheads, a report has found. Reductions may slow if a US-Russia treaty is not renewed past 2021.

Nuclear powers are continuing to modernize their arsenals despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads, a Sweden-based peace research institute said Monday.

Nine nuclear-weapon powers — the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — had an estimated 13,865 nuclear weapons at the start of 2019, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported. Deployed warheads and those held in reserve or awaiting dismantlement are included in the estimate.

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WNU Editor: SIPRI's report is here .... Modernization of world nuclear forces continues despite overall decrease in number of warheads: New SIPRI Yearbook out now (SIPRI).

More News On SIPRI's Report That The World Nuclear Powers Are Upgrading Their Nuclear Arsenals

World's nuclear arsenal down but risk of nuclear conflict up: SIPRI -- Euronews
SIPRI: Israel has close to 100 nuclear warheads -- Jerusalem Post
North Korea added at least 10 nukes last year: Report -- Korea JoongAng Daily
Here’s how many nuclear warheads exist, and which countries own them -- Defense News

The Business Of Providing Private Intelligence Is Booming For This Israeli Firm

Wall Street Journal: Black Cube: The Bumbling Spies of the ‘Private Mossad’

A secretive Israeli investigative firm employs aggressive tactics that sometimes blow up.

In 2017, a private investigator masquerading as an adviser to a wealthy Indian businessman blundered trying to dig up dirt on an outspoken Russia critic. An undercover operative unsuccessfully tried to prod a former Canadian judge to disparage Jews in the same year. Last year, agents were exposed engineering a smear effort against financier George Soros.

The would-be secret agents all worked for Black Cube, a private Israeli investigative firm often referred to in press reports as a “private Mossad.”

The firm has helped clients by covertly eliciting damaging information about competitors or legal opponents, among other things. But a number of its cases in recent years have been marred when flimsy cover stories were exposed by bumbling agents and risky tactics, according to a review of past cases and Black Cube internal documents, along with former employees, rivals, targets and clients.

In an interview, Efraim Halevy, a member of Black Cube’s advisory board, defended the firm’s use of fake identities, saying businesses need these tactics because “documents are becoming less prevalent” and the only evidence is “human sources.” He stressed that creating “virtual” situations to gain access and information have “to be done in a legal manner.”

Despite some missteps, Black Cube “has to turn clients away because it cannot service all the demands,” said Mr. Halevy, a former head of the Mossad, an Israeli government intelligence agency. He said Black Cube has worked on 300 cases since being founded in 2010 by two former Israeli military intelligence officers, Dan Zorella and Avi Yanus. He objected to the term “private Mossad,” arguing that the firm specializes in business rather than political espionage.

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WNU Editor: This is a critical report from the WSJ on this Israeli firm. But even though WSJ points out their failings, it looks like this Israeli firm's business is booming. But to me the big winner by far in the world of providing private intelligence has got to be Christopher Steele's Orbis Business Intelligence, Ltd.. The fact that he was paid $10 million by a firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign to produce a ridiculous Russian dossier that is false .... but was still used by former officials in the Obama officials to justify spying on then candidate Trump and later as President Trump .... proves to me how valuable these firms are to clients who want to damage their opposition.

Russian Su-27 Fighter Intercepts U.S. Air Force B-52H Bomber


WNU Editor: A cool video of an intercept.

Tweets For Today











Picture Of The Day

Fans fill the streets of downtown Toronto during the Raptors victory parade. REUTERS/Moe Doiron

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Millions of Canadians cheer Toronto Raptors in NBA victory parade (Reuters).

Turkey Unveils its Own TF-X Next-Generation Fighter (It Is Just A Mock-Up)


Military.com: Turkey Unveils its Own TF-X Next-Gen Fighter Amid F-35 Uncertainty

SALON DU BOURGET, PARIS -- Amid discord between the U.S. and Turkey over Turkey's recently announced removal from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkish Aerospace Industries on Monday unveiled its own next-generation fighter concept, saying the aircraft could be operational in roughly ten years' time.

Turkish officials here at the Paris-Le Bourget Airport said its fighter concept is a result of an emphasis on research and development and investment in technology in concert with its defense industry. Officials said TF-X is also made possible due to a partnership with U.K.-based BAE Systems for the program.

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Update: Turkey Unveils New Fifth-Generation Jet TF-X, Indigenous Alternative to F-35 (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: LOL. Turkey is not going to develop and build a fifth-generation fighter. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Did The Pentagon Keep President Trump In The Dark About Its Cyber Attacks on Russia?



Rolling Stone: Pentagon Keeps Trump in the Dark About its Cyber Attacks on Russia

“Intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with [the president] about operations,” the report said

On Saturday, the New York Times published an important story about how the United States military branches are attempting to thwart and combat Russian cyber attacks on American utility networks and interference in elections. But deeper into the article, an interesting and disturbing nugget has drawn attention: The Pentagon has gone out of its way to keep President Donald Trump ignorant of certain details about the operation because of “the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.”

After giving an in-depth account about the “deployment of American computer code” into Russia’s electric power grid, to work as both a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a more offensive posture in the cyber warfare realm, the Times then wrote:

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Update #1: U.S. National Security Officials Still Consider Trump a Security Risk (NYMag)
Update #2: US officials are reportedly keeping Trump in the dark about a cyber operation against Russia because they're afraid he'll leak it to foreign officials (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: If the New York Times article is accurate in their report that U.S. military and intelligence officials kept President Trump out of the loop on their cyber warfare operation against Russia .... an operation that many would regard as an act of war .... Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Shanahan and President Trump will be firing everyone in the Pentagon and elsewhere right now. But since they are not, I can only conclude one of two things. President Trump was briefed on this operation and he gave his A-OK, or this is fake news from the New York Times.

Russia Says Reports That The U.S. Is Attacking Its Power Grid Is Worrisome



Moscow Times/Reuters: Kremlin Says Report on Alleged U.S. Power Grid Incursion Is Worrying

The Kremlin said on Monday that a report in the New York Times newspaper citing sources as saying the United States had inserted potentially disruptive implants into Russia's power grid showed a cyber war was, in theory, possible.

The New York Times on Saturday published an article citing current and former unnamed U.S. government officials talking about the deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.

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WNU Editor: The Russian energy ministry has issued the following response .... Russia's Energy Ministry Says Grid Is Safe, Despite Report on U.S. Cyberattacks (Moscow Times)

More News On Russia Saying It Is Concerned Over Reports That The U.S. Is Attacking Its Power Grid

Russia warns of “cyberwar” following report the US attacked its power grid -- Ars Technica
US cyberwar against Russia is hypothetical possibility, says Kremlin spokesman -- TASS
Russia: Reported US cyberattack on power grid possible -- The Hill
Russia warns on signs of US ‘cyber military activity’ -- Financial Times
Russia's Energy Ministry Says Grid Is Safe, Despite Report on U.S. Cyberattacks -- Moscow Times

President Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops To The Middle East Over Iran Fears



CNN: US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

Washington (CNN)The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.

"In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

"The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said, adding that the "United States does not seek conflict with Iran."

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WNU Editor: The tensions in the region are not going to end anytime soon. And with sanctions coupled with low oil prices now impacting the Iranian regime directly, expect more threats from Iran and more U.S. soldiers being deployed to the Middle East in the coming weeks/months.

More News On President Trump Ordering 1,000 More Troops To The Middle East Over Iran Fears

U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East -- Reuters
Pentagon sending about 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East amid tensions -- CNBC
US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate with Iran -- ABC News
US announces more troops for Middle East and releases new images of oil tanker attacks it blames on Iran -- ABC News Online