Washington Post: Intelligence community investigating covert Russian influence operations in the United States
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are probing what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.
The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.
The effort to better understand Russia’s covert influence operations is being spearheaded by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence. “This is something of concern for the DNI,” said Charles Allen, a former longtime CIA officer who has been briefed on some of these issues. “It is being addressed.”
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Update: New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News)
WNU editor: The only way that Russian intelligence can seriously influence the U.S. election is if it provides and/or leaks embarrassing information on a candidate or on a political party to the media ... which in my book is something that I see as a public service to the American voter on who they are voting for. Otherwise .... Russian intelligence influence on this election will be incredibly limited .... if not non-existent.