Intelligence agencies warn of Russian interference for Trump re-election
US federal authorities warn states of Russian interference in this year’s elections
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI warned states earlier this year that Russia might try to interfere with this year’s U.S. elections..
This is stated in a departmental memorandum, which was at the disposal of the Associated Press..
The document, dated February 3, details the methods that US officials believe Russia could use to interfere in elections, including secretly advising candidates and campaign headquarters..
The document notes that although the American authorities “have not previously seen Russia try to use such actions against the United States,” political strategists working for a business tycoon close to President Vladimir Putin participated in secret campaigns in many African countries..
The document “Possible Tactics of Russia on the Eve of the 2020 US Elections”, which its authors called a “reference manual”, does not indicate specific candidates and headquarters that Russia can support with its actions. US officials have argued that Russia supported Donald Trump in 2016 and took steps to help his campaign and hurt Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. In February, intelligence officials told lawmakers about Russia’s interests in this year’s elections.
Russia denies interference.
The memo describes eight possible Russian tactics, which are divided into “high” and “moderate” threats.
The “high” threats include electronic hacking and information leakage. This is exactly what Russia did in 2016, when Clinton’s headquarters emails were stolen by Russian hackers and published by WikiLeaks, and later in the French presidential election..
Russia can also use “state-controlled media to disseminate election-related stories to influence target audiences,” use economic and business leverage to increase influence within headquarters or administration, and use fake social media accounts to promote Russian interests and influence opinion. Americans. All of this is also classified as “high” threats.
Less serious or “moderate” threats include manipulation of electoral infrastructure, including voter databases or counting systems, and financial assistance to American candidates or parties.
Since the memorandum was prepared before the coronavirus epidemic, it does not reflect how the pandemic could affect the methods that Russia can use to interfere in the elections..