White House Sees No Way Syria's Assad Stays in Power
The White House on Monday made clear it sees no way that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can stay in power for the long term.
Sean Spicer, U.S. President Donald Trump's spokesman, told reporters, "You can't imagine a stable and peaceful Syria with Assad in charge. I don't think that's a scenario that's possible."
The White House press secretary said the U.S.'s main priority is defeating Islamic State fighters in Syria and then to "create an environment for a change in leadership." He said one goal in ending the conflict, now in its seventh year, is to create a safe place for war weary Syrians to be able to remain in the country without having to flee the country for safe harbor.
Trump last week launched a missile attack on the air field U.S. officials believe Syria used as a base to assault rebels fighting the Assad regime with chemical weapons. Dozens were killed and hundreds more were sickened.
Spicer said the U.S. attack might not be the last.
CIA Hacking Tools Linked to 40 Cyberattacks in 16 Countries
The hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency may have been involved in at least 40 cyberattacks in 16 countries, according to the computer security company Symantec.
Symantec said its report issued Monday was based on CIA files released by WikiLeaks last month. It found that tools in WikiLeaks' recent releases have been linked to the electronic infiltration of international, financial, energy and aerospace organizations across the world.
Companies, universities and government departments were all subject to attacks, with the Middle East being the primary target for attacks.
The word "CIA'' was not mentioned in Symantec's post, but few if any doubt that that's where the tools come from. When WikiLeaks began releasing them in early March, it gave an unusually explicit account of how the tools had been taken from the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence.
The CIA refused to comment directly on the report by Symantec or on the authenticity of the documents released by WikiLeaks. Instead, a spokesman defended the agency's efforts to "aggressively collect foreign intelligence," and said the U.S. public should be "deeply troubled" by WikiLeaks' behavior.