Trump assails New York Times as treasonous - Newswatch

The Cold War Then and now

The Cold War Then and now

President Trump is denying that the U.S. Is ramping up cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid and that it's placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system.

Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia's power grid and other targets, the Times further reported. The newspaper also said the U.S. Cyber Command, part of the Department of Defense, has explored the possibility that Russian Federation might try to initiate selective blackouts in key states to disrupt the 2020 election.

The New York Times' Communications Twitter account responded to Trump's tweets, saying that "accusing the press of treason is risky".

"Whether you believe it, the failing New York Times just released a Story that the United States strengthen its Cyber-attacks against Russian Federation considerably", infuriated themselves to Trump on Twitter.

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

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Officials did not give details to Trump of their plans to escalate US cyber attacks on Russia, particularly the decision to put "implants" inside the Russian power grid, the NYT reported.

Donald Trump thinks his supporters will want him to serve a third term, despite not yet winning a second. On the question of obstruction of justice, the report did not conclude Mr Trump committed a crime, but Mr Mueller wrote that "it also does not exonerate him".

An in-depth yet frustratingly empty on details report on Saturday, the New York Times treated its readers to a carousel of security officials talking up their "aggressive" posture, including one faceless intelligence spook who bragged "we are doing things at a scale we never contemplated a few years ago".

"Because the new law defines the actions in cyberspace as akin to traditional military activity on the ground, in the air or at sea, no such briefing would be necessary", officials reportedly told The New York Times.

In February, the publisher of the Times, Mr A.G. Sulzberger, said that Mr Trump's attacks on the press were reckless and risky and threatened to encourage violence against journalists.

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