Former intelligence officials described Jared Kushner's reported attempt to set up a backchannel line of communication with Russia last December that would bypass the US' national security and intelligence apparatus as "off the map," "explosive," and "extremely dangerous." "We have back-channel communications with a number of countries," McMaster said. "So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner." Scott Olson, a recently retired FBI agent who ran counterintelligence operations and spent more than 20 years at the bureau, agreed that it is not unusual for low-level staffers to work between governments and bypass bureaucracy
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WEATHERFORD, Texas -- Two toddlers were found dead in a hot car in a rural North Texas neighborhood. A Parker County Sheriff's Office statement says the 2-year-old girl and 16-month-old boy were found about 4:30 p.m. Friday by their mother in a subdivision near Lake Weatherford. The statement says temperatures at the time were about 96 degrees. The mother, whom deputies did not identify, told investigators that her children "took off" and she was searching for them when she found them locked in the vehicle. The mother broke a window to get into the vehicle and found both children unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were immediately contacted. Both children were pronounced deceased at
Five years and 17 surgeries after she was attacked with acid by a family member, Lalita Ben Bansi found love after dialing a wrong number. Bansi told the BBC that finding love "felt like a miracle." SEE ALSO: Meet the acid burn survivor walking in New York Fashion Week Lalita Ben Bansi and Ravi Shankar exchange flower garlands as part of a traditional Hindu ceremony.Image: praful gangurde/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesIn 2012, Bansi quarreled with a cousin who ended up attacking her with acid. She met her husband, Ravi Shankar, purely by chance, after accidentally dialing his number several months ago. Shankar feeds his new bride sweets to celebrate their union.Image: praful gangurde/Hindustan Times via Getty Images"We spoke and I fell in love with her voice," Shankar told the BBC. "Our conversations continued on a daily basis and in the process, I proposed to her." Among their wedding guests was Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, a social activist who agreed to pay for Bansi's future surgeries. Lalita is a true hero cz she proves 2 1000s of acid attck survivors nationwide tht this isnt a full stp,jst a comma,lyf hs mny possibilities pic.twitter.com/tNvooXfIE1 - Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) May 23, 2017 "Many couples fall in love with their partners' face and eventually get divorced," Shankar added in the same interview. "With her, I am not concerned about her face. She is a sweet person. I wish God blessed us for a lifetime." Image: praful gangurde/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesThe couple will settle down either in Mumbai or in Ranchi, where Shankar owns a petrol pump (he also works as a CCTV operator). WATCH: How 15 million girls are still subject to child marriage every year