There is concern in the intelligence community that Russia is looking to use covert operations in the upcoming election. Nothing has been confirmed to the public yet. The objectives of these ops are unclear, but could be designed to cause chaos in the election process or to reduce United States influce in democracy building abroad. What do you think after reading this?
As Written By Dana Priest, Ellen Nakashima and Tom Hamburger for The Washington Post:
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.”
A Russian influence operation in the United States “is something we’re looking very closely at,” said one senior intelligence official who, as others …..
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