Trump election: US presidency is not a family business, says Obama

Source: BBC

US President Barack Obama says he has advised his successor Donald Trump not to attempt to run the White House “the way you would manage a family business”.


In an interview with ABC News, Mr Obama said that Mr Trump must “respect” US institutions.

“After you have been sworn in,” he said, “you are now in charge of the largest organisation on Earth”.

He warned that there was a difference between governing and campaigning.

“There are world capitals and financial markets and people all around the world who take really seriously what he [Mr Trump] says,” Mr Obama said.

Mr Obama also talked about the US intelligence agency’s report into alleged cyber-attacks by Russia and the attempt to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign.

He said that he had “underestimated” the impact of such attacks.

“I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation… and so forth to have an impact on our open societies.”

He said that a conversation had taken place with Mr Trump in which he had discussed the importance of having faith in the intelligence community.

“There are going to be times where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working,” he said.

Last week Mr Trump said he was a “big fan” of intelligence agencies, after months of casting doubt on the Russian link to the security breach. But he later raised questions over how the Democratic Party had responded to the cyber-attacks.

“How and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?” Mr Trump asked in a tweet.

Mr Trump will be inaugurated on 20 January.

Trump election: US ‘identifies agents behind Russian hack’

Source: BBC

The US has identified the Russian agents behind alleged hacking ahead of the presidential election won by Donald Trump in November, reports say.

The agents, whose names have not been released, are alleged to have sent stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks to try to swing the vote for Mr Trump.

Russia denies any involvement and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Moscow was not the source.

Intelligence officials are due to brief Mr Trump, who doubts the claims, later.

Vice-President Joe Biden lambasted the president-elect on Thursday for attacking the intelligence community over the claims, saying it was “absolutely mindless” not to have faith in the agencies.

At about the same time, President-elect Trump appeared to question the intelligence agencies’ findings in a tweet, asking why they decided not to request to examine computers belonging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

What are the hacking allegations?

Mr Biden said he had read a US intelligence report outlining Russian involvement, the details of which are emerging in US media.

According to CNNthe Washington Post and NBC News citing intelligence sources, agencies had intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election showing senior Russian government officials celebrating Donald Trump’s win over rival Hillary Clinton.

They had also identified go-betweens who delivered stolen Democratic emails to the Wikileaks website, sources said, without providing further details.

NBC News says the alleged Russian hacking targeted not just the DNC but also the White House, joint chiefs of staff, the department of state and large US corporations.

National Intelligence Director Gen James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey are due to brief President-elect Trump on the report in New York on Friday.

An unclassified version will be made public next week.


What do US politicians say?

Vice-President Joe Biden told the PBS network that the report clearly confirmed Russia had tried to “discredit the US electoral process” as part of a systematic campaign to undermine Mrs Clinton.

Her campaign manager, John Podesta, was among those whose emails on the DNC server were hacked.

Mr Biden also criticised Mr Trump for ignoring intelligence on the hack.

“The idea that you may know more than the intelligence community knows – it’s like saying I know more about physics than my professor. I didn’t read the book, I just know I know more.”

Gen Clapper told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the hack, and said the motive would be revealed next week.

Republican Senator John McCain, a leading Russia critic in Congress who chaired the hearing, said it was in the interests of all Americans to confront the problem of foreign hacking.

“There is no national security interest more vital to the US than the ability to hold free and fair elections without foreign interference.”

Last week President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US over the alleged hacking. Russia has said it will not reciprocate.

What’s Mr Trump’s view?

Mr Trump has repeatedly rejected allegations that the Russian government was behind the hacks.

On Wednesday, he repeated a suggestion that “a 14-year-old” may have been responsible for the breach.

On Thursday, he said he was a “big fan” of intelligence agencies, but later went on to raise questions about they responded to the security breach.

Mr Trump promised last week to reveal information about the hacking, but no announcement came.

His inauguration will take place on 20 January.

What about Russian media? By BBC Monitoring

The pro-Kremlin media line is that the US authorities have failed to present any evidence to substantiate their presidential campaign hacking accusations.

The official Rossiya 24 TV channel says the “US secret services have still not supplied a single piece of evidence”, while the popular web site says Washington has “still not provided any convincing technical data”.

Opposition websites largely cover what the major US networks are reporting, and all note the Kremlin’s denial of involvement.

US reports focus on national security

US media have been voicing concern over the growing divide between their president-elect and the US intelligence community, with the New York Times editorial board singling out Mr Trump’s refusal to accept regular intelligence briefings.

“He is effectively working to delegitimise institutions whose jobs involve reporting on risks, threats and facts that a president needs to keep the nation safe.”

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius views the coming days as a test to see just how supportive of the intelligence system “Trump really is”, comparing his response to hacking claims to the “sort of information fog… Moscow seeks to spawn in its own propaganda campaigns”.

Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt says that after James Clapper’s testimony, it is “clear the nation’s spies are not going to let Trump & Co off the hook here. Their competency, integrity and patriotism have been called into question, and they are not going to let the matter be tabled.”

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Snowden Live Q&A On Trump: “Don’t Fear Trump. Fear The Risk Of Spying”

Source:  fossBytes

After Donald Trump becoming the president many people have been talking about how he would affect different things.

Privacy is one of those things because the security agencies based in the US are known for their surveillance hobbies. The new elected president would definitely have some sort of impact on privacy and how the spying activities would continue in the future.

Edward Snowden, the man who made the world serious about their personal information available on the internet, will host a live stream event on StartPage–a Dutch search engine–on November 10 (4:30pm Eastern Time). Obviously, Snowden is the right person to talk about privacy considered his past experience.

In this event, he will talk about Donald Trump and privacy issues. Notably, Edward Snowden is expecting a presidential pardon.


In the interview, Snowden talked about various topics ranging from the new president-elect to his condition and what needs to be done in future. He said that technology, instead of running after legislation, should be used to achieve privacy. When we think the law is not efficient enough to protect our rights, we should start supporting the corporations, groups, and individuals–the ones who are trying to enforce your rights through science, math, and technology so that the governments start respecting your rights. “No amount of violence, no amount of military force will ever solve a math problem,” he said.

When asked about Trump

Snowden did not follow the event to talk specifically about the new president. He kept a safe distance from the name Donald Trump. But, he was prepared for such questions. When the PGP protocol creator Phil Zimmermann asked him about Trump, Snowden said he would be getting a powerful surveillance infrastructure. But, we should not set our focus on a single leader or government.

“We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear in elected officials,” said Snowden.

“We’re never farther than an election away from a change in leader, from a change in policy, a change in the way the powers we have constructed into a system are used. So what we need to think about now is not how do we defend against a president Donald Trump, but how do we protect the rights of everyone, everywhere, without regard to jurisdictions, without regard to borders?”

Snowden did not directly talk about the impact of Trump’s presidency but he expressed his belief in one of the answers:

“Despite the challenges we have in the United States, despite the changes in government, despite some of the very concerning statements made by our new President-elect, this is a nation that will strive to get better.”

“This is a dark moment in our nation’s history – but it is not the end of history. and if we work together, we can build something better.”

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