World Russia will try to meddle in 2020 U.S. election, intel report says

14:20  12 february  2020
14:20  12 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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^ " US says Russia , China and Iran are trying to influence 2020 elections ". The National. June 25, 2019. ^ " 2020 Election Meddling by China, Iran, N. Korea Likely " U . S . intel agencies: Russia and China plotting to interfere in 2020 election ". NBC News. Retrieved July 24, 2019.

America has long used cash and propaganda to try to steer the outcome of foreign votes. Russia has more often intervened to disrupt democracy or promote authoritarian rule, they said . This broader history of election meddling has largely been missing from the flood of reporting on the

WASHINGTON — Russia interfered in Western elections in 2019 and is likely to do so again in 2020, according to the latest annual threat assessment by the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service.

a view of a city at night: Image: Kremlin© Mladen Antonov Image: Kremlin

NBC News obtained an exclusive preview of the annual report from the Baltic nation's intelligence agency, which warns that Russia will continue to pursue cyber operations that threaten other nations.

"Russia's cyber operations have been successful and, to date, have not been sanctioned enough by the West to force Russia to abandon them," the report says.

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  Senate report criticizes Obama administration handling of Russia election meddling A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for failing to react quickly or thoroughly enough to counter Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election . © Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk Voters cast their votes during the U.S. presidential election in Ohio The administration "was not well postured" to combat the meddling and was constrained in responding by a heavily politicized environment in a volatile election year and other factors that inadvertently aided Moscow, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.

Intelligence officials have said Russia has kept up its election interference operations under the WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director warned anew on Friday about Russia ’ s continued meddling in While American officials have promised to continue to try to counter, block and weaken the Russian

The report , a damning and surprisingly detailed account of Russia ’ s efforts to undermine the American electoral system and Mrs. Clinton in particular, went on to assess that Mr. Putin had “aspired to help President- elect Trump’ s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and

Russia will try to interfere in the U.S. presidential election in November and in parliamentary elections in the nation of Georgia in October, it warns, saying, "The main goal is to ensure a more beneficial election result for Russia by favoring Russian-friendly candidates or those who have the most divisive influence in the West."

Another motivation, according to the report, is to show that Western nations cannot hold fair elections, thereby making questionable elections in Russia seem less significant.

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The report also warns that Russia continues to strengthen its military posture against Europe and NATO. According to the report, in 2019, Russia established three army commands, five new division headquarters and 15 new mechanized regiments in the Russian Western Military District, which borders five NATO nations, as well as Finland and Ukraine. Russia has slowly built up its military power against Europe for the past decade.

Russia's influence in the Middle East has been growing since it became involved in the war in Syria in 2015, but the report finds that Russia's influence in the region "has essentially reached a ceiling" unless it invests significantly more military or economic resources. That is "unlikely in the short term," the report says.

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