Was There Russian Interference in U.S. Elections?

The intelligence community was tasked with this investigation, and in January 2017, a declassified version of its report – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections– was made public.  The classified version of this ICA (Intelligence Community Assessment) was given to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for review; its report was recently published. Some of the conclusions reached:

“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations1.

  • The Committee found that this judgment was supported by the evidence presented in the ICA. Since its publication, further details have come to light that bolster the assessment.
  • The ICA pointed to initial evidence of Russian activities against multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards. Since the ICA was published, the Committee has learned more about Russian attempts to infiltrate state election infrastructure, as outlined in the findings and recommendations the Committee issued in March 2018.”(4)

 

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