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Russia-linked Twitter bots have mobilized to promote the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, in reference to the classified House Intelligence Committee memo written by Devin Nunes, reports Business Insider.

Why it matters: The network of Russian social media bots has increased its use of the hashtag 233,000% over the past 48 hours, according to a tracking website called Hamilton 68. The URL most shared by the accounts links to WikiLeaks, which has offered a reward for anyone with access to the memo.

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William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, testified Wednesday that a three-hour delay in approval for National Guard assistance during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was exacerbated by "unusual" restrictions on his authorities by Pentagon leadership.

Why it matters: Walker testified that if Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy had not prohibited him in a Jan. 5 memo from using the National Guard's "Quick Reaction Force" without authorization, he would have "immediately" sent troops to the Capitol after receiving a "frantic call" from then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.

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The state of play: Both the U.S. and Iran have entered the diplomatic dance, but it seems to be moving in circles.

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