Letters and Politics

First Senate Hearing on Russian Hacking and US Cybersecurity

Today we listen excerpts of the first Senate hearing led by strong Russia critic Senator John McCain. Top US spy chiefs testified on allegations of Russian interference in the US election, as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers.

For analysis about the hearing we are joined by:

Sean Gallagher, IT editor and national security editor at Ars Technica.

Norman Solomon, journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and former candidate for Congress. co-founder of RootsAction.org. Author of many books including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. Andf his latest piece in Consortion News Danger in Democrats Demonizing Putin.

Arun Gupta,  journalist and co-founder of The Indypendent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. His latest piece Russia had every reason to hack the US presidential election that appeared in Raw Story.

  • Steve Gilmartin

    Weird that Mitch in trying to get an impartial read on the
    alleged Russian hack would choose to interview Sean Gallagher, whose dislike of
    Wikileaks is manifest on Twitter, rather than Security Editor Dan Goodin, also
    from Ars Technica, whose take on Wikileaks is indiscernible but who did write
    the article “White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered
    with election.”

    • ks

      I suspect he’s in that age group of people who fear being taken for knee-jerk liberals. But he really should have challenged Gallagher’s dubious and ahistorical contention that our intelligence agencies hack solely for purposes of defense and data collection.

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