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State Department’s Painter leaving

The agreement helped curb Chinese hacking attempts on corporate targets and reduced the country’s espionage efforts against the U.S. Still, the choice to shrink or eliminate the group tasked with cyber diplomacy faces criticism given that the office’s stated goal of crafting “diplomatic responses to cyber threats” is even more vital in 2017 than could have been imagined when the office was conceived in 2011.As CyberScoop’s Patrick O’Neill reports, prior to Painter’s work in the State Department, he served in the White House for two years as the senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council.The elimination of the office comes as part of a larger, department-wide reorganization that Tillerson has pushed for.The State Department’s current cyber coordinator, Christopher Painter, is leaving the position by the end of the month, Politico reported on Monday.The State Department’s “economic bureau has no expertise on these issues and it’s a fundamental misunderstanding”, Lewis, who specializes in cybersecurity and technological warfare, said in an interview. Buchwald was also informed that his remaining staff could be reassigned to the Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. “We are not going to get ahead of any potential outcomes”.The closure is only the latest, and most serious, setback for the office, which has found sometimes grudging support from Democratic and Republican administrations and survived “even the darkest days of John Bolton’s rule in the worldwide organization department at State”, Dicker said.Since its first days, the office has sought to elevate the importance of supporting the prosecution of a rogues gallery of alleged mass murderers from Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and to push back on institutional fears within the US government that the pursuit of justice may complicate competing USA interests of persuade their countries to pursue peace or aid the United States in the fight against terrorists. -China accord in 2015, the office has sought to engage with Russian Federation via global forums on establishing “cyber norms” – a task that failed to stop Russia’s meddling in the USA election. “Without a doubt, Chris Painter was the foundation and bedrock that built the structure that State had on actually trying to initiate norms in cyberspace”. The head of the office held position of ambassador-at-large for war crimes, which was meant draw attention to the importance of combatting mass murder in US foreign policy.Other envoys in Tillerson’s sights include the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and the envoy for the Northern Ireland peace process.