Nation’s Top Spy: U.S. Faces "Perpetual State of Suppression" of Terror

The Russians hack the United States’ systems “all the time,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a conference of intelligence professionals on Wednesday. He also tackled concerns about the upcoming presidential transition and major threats facing the United States such as terrorism, climate change, and widespread global instability.

During his speech at the Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Clapper touched on the spate of hacks targeting the Democratic Party in the run-up to this November’s election. Clapper quoted President Barack Obama saying that “experts have attributed this to the Russians,” but added that he would not get ahead of the president on the issue, particularly while an investigation is ongoing.

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