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WATCH: Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta testified about how to respond to Russian threats before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday, July 10.

Watch the testimony in the video player above.

After reports that Russia offered bounties in exchange for killing U.S. soldiers abroad, Panetta offered his perspective about how to manage concerns emerging from Russia. He offered online testimony before the subcommittee that focuses on Europe, Eurasia, energy and the environment.

Top Pentagon leaders told U.S. Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans weren’t corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the threats were taken seriously, but haven’t yet been found credible.

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