Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Friday, June 28, 2019, 2:52 PM

In a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump made light of Russian election interference by jokingly warning the Russian president “Don’t meddle in the election, please,” the Washington Post reports. The two also discussed their antagonism toward journalists, with Trump saying, “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do.” Putin responded, “We also have. It’s the same.”

U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May told Putin that Russia must end its ““irresponsible and destabilizing activity” and demanded the extradition of two Russians alleged to be involved in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil last year, Reuters reports.

Negotiations between Iran and the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal will likely fail to persuade the former to slow or stop its uranium enrichment program, according to Reuters. The U.S. government rebuffed European calls to roll back sanctions and allow for negotiations with Iran, saying that it would sanction all purchases of Iranian crude oil, without exception.

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea said that the U.S. is ready for constructive talks on implementing the commitments made between the two countries during the Singapore summit, according to the South Korean government, the Associated Press reports. The special envoy’s comments come days before President Trump is set to visit South Korea.

Western intelligence agencies hacked Yandex, known as “Russia’s Google,” in late 2018, Reuters reports. The malware, used to spy on Yandex’s user accounts, is known to be used by the Five Eyes.

Google announced its third private international subsea cable, connecting Africa and Europe, Reuters says.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Michael P. Fischerkeller and Richard J. Harknett responded to a previous piece on Lawfare which raised concerns about the concept of agreed competition in cyberspace.

Russell Spivak and Benjamin Wittes initiated a conversation about foreign actors’ exploitation of the U.S. legal system.

Evelyn Douek and Kate Klonick analyzed Facebook’s recent report on its proposed oversight board for content moderation.

Sean Quirk shared the most recent installation of Water Wars, covering recent events in the South China Sea, including a Chinese ship’s sinking of a Philippine fishing vessel, the deployment of Chinese fighters to the Paracel Islands and progress on the multilateral Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.

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