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During an Oval Office interview with Marc last week, President Trump acknowledged for the first time that, in 2018, he authorized a covert cyberattack against Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the troll farm that spearheaded Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and was doing the same in the 2018 midterm elections.
Ellen Nakashima, the reporter who first broke the story, joined the show to walk us through the details of the cyberattack and America’s offensive cyber capabilities. They also debrief on Marc’s interview and discuss Trump’s stance toward Russia and the likelihood for interference in the 2020 presidential election.
Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She covers cybersecurity counterterrorism and intelligence issues. She has probed Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, work which led her and her colleagues to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2018.
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