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Special Report: Trump vs. US Intelligence Community

Audio Report: ISMG Editors Analyze the Latest Developments
Special Report: Trump vs. US Intelligence Community
National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies before the Senate.

The latest episode of the ISMG Security Report focuses on the clash between President-elect Donald Trump and the U.S. intelligence community on whether the Russian government directed the hack of Democratic Party computers (and subsequent information leak) to influence the American presidential election.

In the report, you'll hear (click on player beneath image):

  • President-elect Trump discuss his skepticism over the intelligence community's assessment that the Kremlin was behind the DNC breaches and data leak;
  • National Intelligence Director James Clapper compare the difference between being skeptical about intelligence agencies' security assessments and disparaging those agencies;
  • National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers lament how Trump's tweets critical of the intelligence community could lower morale, resulting in the loss of critical personnel with cybersecurity skills;
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., advise Trump on how he should view the intelligence community's value to the United States; and
  • Purdue University computer expert Eugene Spafford explain why Trump is correct that sending written messages by courier is more secure than sending an email, but why it's practically impossible to do.

The ISMG Security Report appears on this and other ISMG websites on Tuesdays and Fridays. Be sure to check out our Dec. 30 and Jan. 3 reports, which respectively analyze a government initiative to identify algorithms that could defend encryption against attacks from quantum computers and doubts raised about the value of the sanctions posed against Russia for hacking Democratic Party computers. The next ISMG Security Report will be posted on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Theme music for the ISMG Security Report is by Ithaca Audio under the Creative Commons license.

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