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Wed May 16, 2018, 07:40 AM

4. Democratic member "accusing Bolton of "wreaking havoc" on the NSC."

Good Wired article on this:

A LITTLE OVER a month ago, the White House forced out Tom Bossert, its cybersecurity czar. A week later, cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said he would depart as well. And now, rather than replace either, the Trump administration will do without anyone at the helm of its cybersecurity policy. It couldn’t have picked a worse time. ... “You’re at a point where you’re seeing new sorts of cyberthreats materialize.”

While US intelligence agencies are responsible for responding to those threats specifically, the cyberczar role has been in charge of organizing the political responses to those incidents, such as the March sanctions imposed against Russia for its destructive NotPetya ransomware and other online malfeasance. The position has also spearheaded cybersecurity policy, hardening both federal networks and infrastructure against attacks. It’s a lot of hats—and easier for one person to keep track of them all.

“There’s a reason why you wanted to have a focal point for cybersecurity policy in one position. ...

“It’s frankly mindboggling that the Trump Administration has eliminated the top White House official responsible for a whole-of-government cyber strategy, at a time when the cyber threat to our nation is greater than ever,” says senator Mark Warner (D - Virginia), the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a statement. “Our adversaries are investing heavily in 21st century cyber warfare capabilities, and if we only view national security through a conventional 20th century lens, we’re going to find ourselves unable to respond to increasingly asymmetric cyber threats down the road.” ...

https://www.wired.com/story/white-house-cybersecurity-coordinator/


The article does not range into possibly treasonous and/or possible destabilizing motives for this, but the action speaks.

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