Latest Christopher Wray News

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

Mar. 31, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has failed to follow its own policies for ensuring the accuracy of applications it submits to conduct wiretaps in national security investigations, including in some cases by not having documentation to support arguments made to judges, according to a letter released Tuesday, The...

FILE - In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now, left, taken from the video, released by his captors in Washington during a news conference. The family of retired FBI agent Levinson said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that U.S. government officials have concluded that he has died while in the custody of Iran. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FBI chief pledges to find answers on ex-agent Levinson

Mar. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI won't give up on “finding out what happened" to former agent Robert Levinson, who the U.S. government believes died in the custody of the Iranians after vanishing more than a decade ago, according to an email FBI Director Chris Wray sent to the FBI workforce on Thursday....

FILE - In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now, left, taken from the video, released by his captors in Washington during a news conference. The family of retired FBI agent Levinson said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that U.S. government officials have concluded that he has died while in the custody of Iran. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

Mar. 25, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, died while in the custody of Iran, his family and administration officials said Wednesday. The circumstances and timing of Levinson's death were unclear, but White House...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, media and guests mingle before a tour of Facebook's new 130,000-square-foot offices, which occupy the top three floors of a 10-story Cambridge, Mass. building. Facebook and Twitter's announcements Thursday, March 12, 2020, that they have removed dozens of accounts and pages from their services show that Russia's efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election are getting more sophisticated and harder to detect. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Facebook takedowns reveal sophistication of Russian trolls

Mar. 12, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

Facebook and Twitter revealed evidence Thursday suggesting that Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election are getting more sophisticated and harder to detect. The companies said they have removed dozens of fake accounts and pages from their services. Facebook said the network of accounts it...

This March 4, 2020, image shows a collection of Instagram posts, which Facebook, the owner of Instagram, yanked off the site in October after concluding that they originated from Russia and had links to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian operation that targeted U.S. audiences in 2016. Social media accounts linked to Russia have begun to disrupt this year’s U.S. presidential race and it’s become harder to detect the posts on platforms like Instagram, according to a new report from University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Young Mie Kim released Thursday, March 5. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Report: Russian social accounts sow election discord - again

Mar. 5, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Four years after Russia-linked groups stoked divisions in the U.S. presidential election on social media platforms, a new report shows that Moscow's campaign hasn't let up and has become harder to detect. The report from University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Young Mie Kim found that Russia-linked social...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. Wray is delivering the keynote address at a conference on cybersecurity on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Boston College. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FBI working to 'burn down' cyber criminals' infrastructure

Mar. 4, 2020 4:48 PM EST

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — To thwart increasingly dangerous cyber criminals, law enforcement agents are working to “burn down their infrastructure” and take out the tools that allow them to carry out their devastating attacks, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday. Unsophisticated...

FBI Director Wray to speak at cybersecurity conference

Mar. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EST

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — The director of the FBI is coming to the Boston area to talk about how the agency is working to combat cyber threats. Director Christopher Wray will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College on Wednesday. Wray is expected...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, a man feeds a ballot card into a digital voting machine during a demonstration in Raleigh, N.C.  Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections. Few say they have high confidence that votes in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds skepticism about the democratic process in the United States.  (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

Feb. 27, 2020 10:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections, with few saying they have high confidence that votes in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds skepticism...

Attorney General William Barr arrives for a meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about expiring intelligence provisions, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Barr meets with Senate GOP to push surveillance renewals

Feb. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers Tuesday to encourage them to extend expiring surveillance authorities, making his first visit to Capitol Hill since news broke a week ago that he had contemplated resigning over President Donald Trump's refusal to heed his warning to stop...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S. election

Feb. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks into this year's election cycle, Russia already is actively interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign in hopes of reelecting President Donald Trump, and is also trying to help the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, intelligence officials have...