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(Report) Trump Burned Dutch Intelligence In Move That Helped Putin

A Dutch newspaper suggests the Trump administration burned the Netherland's intelligence agency.

A Dutch newspaper suggests that the Trump administration burned Dutch intelligence after the Dutch alerted the U.S. to hacking operations by Russian intelligence.

After alerting the U.S., the Dutch were no longer able to track the Russian hackers. The Russian hackers, the same ones who attacked the DNC, were no longer traceable. Based on this report, the Dutch no longer trust the U.S. with its secrets.

In the summer of 2014, the Joint Sigint Cyber Unit (JSCU) was launched, a joint unit of AIVD and MIVD, the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service. Based in the Dutch city of Zoetermeer, it focuses on, among other things, obtaining intelligence through cyber operations.

The AIVD and MIVD uncovered Russian hackers in the act of attacking of DNC.

Together with another group of Russian hackers (Fancy Bear, also known as APT28), Cozy Bear is also held responsible for the cyberintrusion of the DNC. In April 2016, Fancy Bear accessed the Washington servers of the Democrats; Cozy Bear had done so as early as the summer of 2015. Once more, the group was caught red-handed by the Dutch, who again alerted their U.S. counterparts.

Sources claim that the U.S. may have ruined the cyber operations being conducted by the Dutch. After alerting the U.S., the Dutch were no longer able to track the Russian hackers. These same hackers are aligned with Russia's special services.

As of now, the AIVD hackers do not seem to have access to Cozy Bear any longer. Sources suggest that the openness of US intelligence sources, who in 2017 praised the help of a Western ally in news stories, may have ruined their operation. The openness caused great anger in The Hague and Zoetermeer. In the television programme College Tour, this month, AIVD director Bertholee stated that he is extra careful when it comes to sharing intelligence with the U.S., now that Donald Trump is President.