Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

US Senate Intelligence Panel Leaders to Release Interim Report on Russia Probe

US Senate Intelligence Panel Leaders to Release Interim Report on Russia Probe

Facebook said last month that it believed people in Russian Federation bought about 3,000 politically divisive ads on its network in the United States in the months before and after the November U.S. presidential election. Kaplan said the company would require more documentation from advertisers who want to run advertisements related to the USA election. He did not elaborate, except to say that the committee had not come to any conclusions and that the investigation is ongoing.

The committee is still investigating whether the Russians had any coordination with members of Trump's campaign, and he suggested that they were still examining just how Russians knew where to target social media spots.

The Republican said the panel can not determine the dossier's credibility without understanding who paid for it and who contributed to the material.

Committee staffers have been working 6 to 7 days a week since January on the investigation and have interviewed more than 100 people related to Russia's meddling in the election.

Burr said the committee has made a number of unsuccessful attempts to contact Steele and hopes he will cooperate.

"We have interviewed everybody who had a hand or a voice into the creation of the intelligence community assessment", Burr said.

Sen. Burr confirmed that the committee trusts findings from the intelligence community on Russian Federation meddling, in contradiction to president Trump who has repeatedly called any report to that effect a hoax.

The Senate panel, along with the House intelligence committee, has invited Facebook, Twitter and Google to testify at a hearing next month.

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Republican Senator Richard Burr said on Wednesday that Facebook adverts bought by Russia-linked entities targeted more than just MI and Wisconsin - two states that had been named in media reports. Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee's ranking Democrat, gave a status report Wednesday on the eight-month-long investigation.

"In many cases, [the Russians] didn't even take advantage of the most technical targeting tools that exist within those social media companies, so I would defer answering your question until we've completed the investigation".

"As it relates to the Steele dossier, unfortunately, the committee has hit a wall", North Carolina Republican Sen.

On Sept 23, he tweeted, "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook".

"If you look from 10,000 feet", Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told reporters at a briefing Wednesday, "the subject matter" of the 3,000 Russian-bought Facebook ads that have been turned over to his committee "seems to have been to create chaos in every group that they could possibly identify in America".

"I was concerned at first that some of these social media platform companies did not take this threat seriously enough", Warner said "I believe they are taking it seriously now".

Warner later added that there was a "large consensus" that Russians had hacked into political files and strategically released them with the goal of influencing the election.

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