Mediaite Q&A: CNN's Jim Sciutto on Why Everyone's Still Missing the Russia Threat
Added 05-24-19 09:34:02am EST - “Jim Sciutto ?" the co-anchor of CNN Newsroom, which airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. ET ?" has one of the most interesting career backgrounds in all of cable news. The network's national security correspondent, Sciutto was a longtime foreign…” - Mediaite.com
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Jim Sciutto — the co-anchor of CNN Newsroom, which airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. ET — has one of the most interesting career backgrounds in all of cable news. The network’s national security correspondent, Sciutto was a longtime foreign correspondent for ABC — stationed in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East at various points in his tenure. He also served as chief of staff for the U.S. Ambassador to China.
His years working in the state department and residing in Beijing, along with his other experiences abroad, have given him a unique perspective to draw off of for his new book: The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America. In it, Sciutto chronicles a war that many may not even realize the U.S. is fighting — one in which fellow powers Russia and China are trying to assert their dominance and supplant America as the world’s dominant nation.
Mediaite: Russia has been so much a part of the national conversation, on a daily basis, for the past couple of years now and yet, we are, according to you, completely missing the boat. Why?
Jim Sciutto: Because folks are aware of only one or two fronts of what is a multi-front war. That is one of the reasons. They are aware of election interference. They probably kind of know about Ukraine, but don’t care too much about it. They don’t know that Russia has put weapons in space. They don’t know that Russia is catching up to us on submarine technology — which is a big deal because that is an offensive strike weapon. It is a nuclear weapon to pop up off your coast and rain down nuclear missiles. It is serious stuff.
So they don’t know how many fronts there are, and they do not know that it is part of broader strategy. It isn’t just Russia poking us in our eye in one place, embarrassing us in our political process, but it is about bringing down the U.S., and bringing down the U.S.-led world order.
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