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Photo: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. takes his seat to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States, January 5, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

National intel chiefs testify on Capitol Hill 6 MIN, 31 SEC

At today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian hacking of last year's US election. Republican John McCain said, "none of us believe" it changed the outcome. But National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified that it wasn't for lack of trying. Shane Harris covers national security for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Shane Harris, Wall Street Journal / New America (@ShaneHarris)

Trump and the complexities of the cyber era 33 MIN, 41 SEC

US intelligence chiefs told a Senate committee today Russia was more aggressive than ever in hacking to influence last year's US election. Donald Trump's denial of that claim has created a crisis of credibility, and agency leaders said today they want to be as public as possible. But Senators agreed that too much openness would threaten the lives of agents and waste the billions invested in worldwide cyber-spying. Is Trump onto something American spies don't know, or is he concerned that reports of Russian influence will de-legitimize his election?  

Guests:
Richard Clarke, Good Harbor Security Risk Management (@ghsrm)
Shane Harris, Wall Street Journal / New America (@ShaneHarris)
Thomas Rid, Kings College London (@RidT)
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (@mtaibbi)

More:
Rid's 'Rise of the Machines'
Taibbi on the Russia hacking story, a dubious intelligence assessment

Cyber War

Richard A. Clarke

North Korea's threat in the Trump era 9 MIN, 24 SEC

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un greeted the New Year — and America's new President -- by threatening to develop a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to the United States.  Donald Trump tweeted, "it won't happen." Jonathan Pollack is Interim South-Korea Foundation Chair at the Brookings Institution and the author of No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security.

Guests:
Jonathan Pollack, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)

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Pollack on South Korea's year of living dangerously

No Exit

Jonathan D. Pollack

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