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Politics Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

23:50  21 february  2020
23:50  21 february  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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U . S . officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people

The president said the intelligence finding that Russia was again meddling in a coming presidential election in his favor was a partisan After the debate put Michael Bloomberg on the defensive, the candidates’ focus turned back toward Bernie Sanders as his rivals tried to slow his rise.

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bernie Sanders holding a sign in front of a crowd: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) gestures as he speaks during a Get Out the Early Vote campaign rally in Santa Ana, California, U.S., on Friday. © Mike Blake/Reuters Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) gestures as he speaks during a Get Out the Early Vote campaign rally in Santa Ana, California, U.S., on Friday.

President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.

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NYT: Intel officials say Russia interfering in 2020 campaign . Warren challenges Bloomberg to sign contract Last week' s briefing , led by election security official Shelby Pierson and first reported by The New York But not that they prefer him over ( Bernie ) Sanders or (Pete) Buttigieg or anyone else.

Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders , Jill Stein presidential campaigns . “It has been clear to everyone (except Donald Trump) that Russia was deeply involved in the 2016 election and Prosecutors said officials at that firm, the Internet Research Agency, described their work as

It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect Donald Trump.

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“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.

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U . S . officials have long warned that Russia and other countries would try to interfere in the 2020 U . S . presidential election campaign . The U . S . intelligence community concluded that Russia used fake news, cyber attacks and other methods in an operation designed to swing the 2016 presidential

Top election security officials gave the bombshell warning at secret briefing held a week ago. Russia is trying to hack election infrastructure as well as The president ' s comments come after The New York Times published a report Thursday claiming Acting DNI Joseph Maguire told Congress during a

“In 2016, Russia used internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020. Some of the ugly stuff on the internet attributed to our campaign may well not be coming from real supporters.”

A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign declined to comment on the briefing by U.S. officials on Russia’s attempts to help the Sanders campaign. .

Sanders’s opponents have blamed some of his most vocal online supporters for injecting toxic rhetoric into the primaries. At a Democratic candidates debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sanders indirectly blamed Russia, saying it was possible malign actors were trying to manipulate social media to inflame divisions among Democrats.

“All of us remember 2016, and what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our elections and divide us up,” Sanders said. “I’m not saying that’s happening, but it would not shock me.”

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if Bernie Sanders goes into the Democratic National Convention with a plurality and Mike Bloomberg signs up superdelegates to wrest it away from him, as House members were reportedly warned by intelligence officials last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump

if Bernie Sanders goes into the Democratic National Convention with a plurality and Mike Bloomberg signs up superdelegates to wrest it away from him, as House members were reportedly warned by intelligence officials last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump

Also this week, a senior U.S. intelligence official said that Russia had “developed a preference” for Trump in the 2020 campaign — an assessment that infuriated the president. Trump lambasted his acting intelligence director, Joseph Maguire, and DNI staff for sharing that information with lawmakers, believing that Democrats would use it to hurt Trump in the election.

Despite Trump’s skepticism of Russian efforts to damage American democracy, officials in his administration have repeatedly warned that Russia has ongoing plans to interfere in U.S. elections and foster divisions among Americans, part of a strategic goal to undermine U.S. standing in the world. Some analysts believe that the Kremlin’s goal is to cause the maximum disruption within the United States, and it throws the support of its hackers and trolls behind candidates based on that goal, not any particular affinity for the persons running.

After Sanders’s remarks at the debate, some social media analysts were skeptical of the notion that Russians were already masquerading as the candidate’s supporters.

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“We have seen no evidence in open sources during this election cycle that an online community of Sanders supporters, known as Bernie bros, were catalyzed by what Sanders suggested could be ‘Russian interference,’” said Graham Brookie, director of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, which tracks disinformation on social media sites. “Any candidate or public official casually introducing the possibility of Russian influence without providing any evidence or context creates a specter of interference that makes responding to real interference harder.”

It now appears, however, that Sanders may have had a reason to suspect Russia was again injecting itself into the U.S. electoral process, repeating some of what occurred in 2016.

In a February 2018 indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three companies that were alleged to have orchestrated the social media scheme, prosecutors alleged that the group “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.”

Prosecutors alleged that in February 2016, while Clinton and Sanders were locked in a bitter battle for the Democratic nomination, an internal memo was circulated at the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which prosecutors said led the online effort, instructing their paid online trolls to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them).”

The Internet Research Agency was bankrolled by a Russian oligarch close to President Vladi­mir Putin, according to U.S. officials.

Josh Dawsey and Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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