Trump accuses New York Times of virtual treason over Russia cyber warfare

first_imgShare on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 month old New York Times Share on Pinterest Agence France-Presse Donald Trump Share via Email Donald Trump Newspapers Read more Share on Twitter Shares937937 Trump says NYT report on classified deployment of computer code inside Russia’s power grid is not true.Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Sun 16 Jun 2019 02.49 EDT US politics … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. This article is more than 1 month old Since you’re here… Donald Trump criticised for quoting Katie Hopkins in attack on Sadiq Khan Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter US press and publishing Russia US president again accuses journalists of being ‘the enemy of the people’ Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via Email Newspapers & magazines Share on LinkedIn US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the New York Times of “a virtual act of treason” after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid.Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets, the newspaper reported.The action is intended partly as a warning but also to leave the US poised to conduct cyber-strikes in the event of a major conflict between the US and Russia, the newspaper said. Last modified on Sun 16 Jun 2019 07.51 EDT Trump accuses New York Times of ‘virtual treason’ over Russia cyber warfare report Trump tweeted that the accusations were “not true”, calling the media “corrupt” and repeating accusations that journalists are “the enemy of the people”.“Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” he wrote.“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”The Times report came after an investigation by US special counsel Robert Mueller of alleged hacking by Russia’s GRU intelligence agency and social media manipulation by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to benefit Trump’s election campaign.Mueller detailed a disturbing number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 poll.Trump claimed the report cleared him of wrongdoing. On the question of obstruction of justice, the report did not conclude Trump committed a crime, but Mueller wrote that “it also does not exonerate him”.In its Saturday report, the Times described “broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction – and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.”The Times also cited National Security Council officials as saying they had no security concerns about the newspaper’s reporting on the digital incursions, perhaps indicating that some of the intrusions were meant to be noticed by the Russians.The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications have issued numerous investigative reports into Trump and his administration, with inquiries also under way by congressional committees.In February the publisher of the Times, AG Sulzberger, said Trump’s attacks on the press were “reckless” and “dangerous” and threatened to encourage violence against journalists.“America’s founders believed that a free press was essential to democracy because it is the foundation of an informed, engaged citizenry,” he said. news Reuse this contentlast_img

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