The US Senate Intelligence Committee will hold its annual Worldwide Threats hearing today in Washington. Six prominent figures of the US intelligence community will testify, including CIA Director Michael Pompeo and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The hearing will include both an open and closed session.
Last year’s hearing covered a range of topics, from global threats relating to cyber security and terrorism to country trouble-spots like North Korea, Syria and South Sudan. This year’s hearing will cover similar ground, but will devote more attention to developing concerns, particularly North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear program, US military strategy in Afghanistan and the US’ in the Syrian peace process.
However, expect senators’ question to centre on the general credibility of the intelligence community, which President Donald Trump and many Republicans have heavily criticised. Expect much of this questioning to be directed at the FBI, coming shortly after the fallout from the controversial Nunes memo.
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Nick is the Director of the Daily Brief and a contributing Senior Analyst to it. An attorney, his areas of expertise include international law, international and domestic criminal law, security affairs in Europe and the Middle East, and human rights.