Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 2:35 PM

Officials in Western Europe, the U.S. and Malaysia have accused Russian intelligence officers of launching cyber attacks on investigators pursuing cases of Russian misconduct around the globe, including antidoping agencies, investigators looking into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and those looking into the downing of an Air Malaysia flight in 2014, reports the New York Times. (See the U.S. Department of Justice indictment of the intelligence officers here).

Chinese intelligence agents used a tiny computer chip to infiltrate nearly 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, in what is described by U.S. officials as the most significant supply chain attack carried out against U.S. companies, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

The U.S. is closely monitoring India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 air-defense missile system as a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is schedule for Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal. India’s expressed interest in the system has placed Washington in a sticky situation—either sanction New Delhi for the deal with Russia and risk losing a key security ally, or grant an exception and risk undermining the campaign against Moscow’s military expansion.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to give a speech on Thursday rebuking China for attempting to influence U.S. elections; these statements will expand on President Trump’s remarks at the U.N. last week, reports the Journal.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of the government and columnist for the Post, is still missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday to obtain marriage paperwork, reports the Atlantic. His detention may exacerbate tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

U.S. investigators are looking into a Chinese oil company’s business relations, as a filing in a New York federal court found that CEFC China considered using connections to help sell weapons to Chad, Qatar and Libya, as well as serve as middlemen for China and Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

David Stanton and Wenqing Zhao posted the most recent edition of Sinotech, covering the icy progression of U.S.-China relations.

Quinta Jurecic uploaded the International Court of Justice’s order to the U.S. to lift sanctions on Iran's importation of humanitarian and civil aviation safety goods and services.

Erica D. Borghard argued that the U.S. government and the finance industry must cooperate to effectively protect the financial sector from cyber threats.

Victoria Clark posted a letter from Sen. Tim Kaine(D.-Va.) to the Pentagon requesting further clarification on the legal definition of collective self-defense.

An oral argument date was set for Guantanamo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi, and Victoria Clark posted the relevant documents to Lawfare.

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