Pakistan backed terrorists will continue attacks in India, says United States intel chief

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Trump's view contradicts his intelligence chiefs, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director Chris Wray, who all testified - again - on Tuesday that they supported the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

India's economy is expected to rebound after headwinds from taxation changes and demonetisation, Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, said in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The intelligence chiefs unanimously agreed that Russian Federation is likely to pursue "even more aggressive cyber attacks" than what it has previously undertaken "with the intent of degrading our democratic values and weakening our alliances". The report predicted Russian intelligence agencies will disseminate more false information over Russian state-controlled media and through fake online personas to spread anti-American views and exacerbate social and political divides in the United States. While former intelligence agency chiefs of the Obama administration asserted past year that Moscow aimed to give Donald Trump an edge of Hillary Clinton in the election, several lawmakers, analysts, intelligence sources and foreign diplomats have argued the Kremlin's actual goal was to create disruption on both sides of the American political spectrum to undermine the American public's faith in democracy.

"We have seen Russian activities and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle", said Pompeo.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a National African American History Month reception in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2018.

Coats also touched on other national security concerns, including border security, which he says is "in need of drastic improvement" with drugs and gang members flowing into the US on a daily basis. He hasn't even Tweeted a single concern.

What do you think of the news that Russian Federation may interfere with the midterm elections? "They're doing that not only in the United States, but throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere". At the same time, "Tehran's desire to deter the United States might drive it to field" an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to Coats.

DNI Director Coats says to expect to see North Korea press ahead with more missile tests in 2018.

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The spy agencies' conclusion spawned multiple congressional and federal probes into the matter, including one by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

North Korea started to accelerate its missile testing in 2016, and Coats said it's likely to continue with more aggressive testing in 2018.

The CIA stood ready to identify elements of Russia's information campaign and work with domestic law enforcement to respond, he said, suggesting it could go on the attack if needed.

Coats said the details of any meddling needs to be shared with the American people.

The Trump administration has stressed its preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons that are capable of hitting the USA, but it has warned that all options on are on the table, including military ones, to prevent this.

At Tuesday's hearing, Coats joined five other top intelligence officials to brief lawmakers on global threats to the US. Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, asked FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"We've all watched over the last week the smile campaign North Korea has inflicted on the South Korean people, the South Korean people seem to have been charmed to some degree, some of them seem to have been captivated by it", Sen.

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