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Lawmakers Secure Access to Memo on US Cyber Ops; Jim Langevin Quoted

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Jim Langevin
Jim Langevin

The Trump administration has allowed Congress to access classified documents in an effort to improve oversight on offensive and defensive cyber activities outside the U.S., Fifth Domain reported Saturday.

Lawmakers can now review National Security Presidential Memorandum 13, which covers presidential approval procedures on U.S. offensive and defensive cyber operations conducted beyond the nation’s networks. The documentation mainly covers Department of Defense operations, although it encompasses all agencies and departments, according to the report.

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., aid in a statement that the move will help Congress ensure that U.S. cyber operations "do not inadvertently undermine that stability and reflect our commitments to responsible state behavior in this new domain.”

“Having reviewed the relevant National Security Presidential Memorandum, I am now more confident that the necessary checks are in place to ensure that our actions in cyberspace contribute to stability of the domain rather than undermining it,” he added.