Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

This Is What Trump's CIA Pick Thinks About Encrypted Messaging Apps

This Is What Trump's CIA Pick Thinks About Encrypted Messaging Apps

The Senate Intelligence Committee will review Russia's role in election-related hacking, including "intelligence regarding links between Russian Federation and individuals associated with political campaigns", committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a joint statement.

Wyden, a member of the Senate's intelligence committee known for championing privacy, said Pompeo, if confirmed, would face "an enormous challenge" pursuing "honorable policies" given statements made by President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump has conceded Russian Federation was behind the hacks of political campaigns, but continues to target the USA intelligence community with Tweets, particularly after last week's story about uncorroborated intel that Trump appears to believe was leaked by members of the intelligence community.

In a sharp split with Trump, who until recently claimed not to believe the CIA's findings on the matter, Pompeo said that he believes the evidence put forth by us intelligence officials that shows evidence of Russian hacking and interference in the USA election, specifically those in a report that was published last month by intelligence agencies.

President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees are on Capitol Hill Thursday as confirmation hearings continue.

But Pompeo was also caught in a hack-related contradiction. Sen.

When Donald Trump tapped Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, civil-liberties proponents howled.

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This Is What Trump's CIA Pick Thinks About Encrypted Messaging Apps

Congress should allow surveillance agencies to collect "all metadata" and combine it with "publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database", Pompeo said in an opinion piece he co-authored in January 2016.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are nearly certain to push Pompeo, a former Army officer and aerospace entrepreneur, to explain how he intends to run a spy service that the president-elect has openly mocked for months.

He said the USA faced one of the most "complicated" threat environments in decades, including an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation "threatening Europe" and "doing nothing" to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Syria.

Warner invoked a more ominous tone, saying, "This issue impacts the foundations of our democratic system, it's that important". Rubio, a member of the Intelligence Committee, anxious that the next step might be for the Kremlin to embarrass or discredit a US lawmaker whose policy positions it doesn't like.

Pompeo graduated first in the Class of 1986 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. "I'm very clear-eyed about what that intelligence report says". The hearing was then moved to a different building.

Second, Pompeo "can't imagine" being asked by the Trump White House to adopt torture policies?

The committee also challenged Pompeo on his social media history. He also targeted North Korea for dangerously accelerating its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, with little regard for global pressure.

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