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World UK says Russia tried to meddle in election by leaking U.S. trade documents

16:06  16 july  2020
16:06  16 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Britain has said that Russia sought to interfere in the 2019 general election by illicitly acquiring sensitive documents relating to a planned free- trade agreement with the US and leaking them on social media. “Sensitive government documents relating to the UK - US free- trade agreement were

The leak of classified UK - U . S . trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation 12 election , polls ahead of which show Labour trailing the Conservatives. On Friday, social media site Britain has previously accused Russia of meddling or trying to interfere in western elections

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Thursday that Russia sought to interfere in the 2019 general election by illicitly acquiring sensitive documents relating to a planned free trade agreement with the United States and leaking them on social media.

a screen shot of an open laptop computer: FILE PHOTO: Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed, in this illustration picture © Reuters/Kacper Pempel FILE PHOTO: Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed, in this illustration picture a close up of a building: FILE PHOTO: A security camera is seen, and a flag flies outside the consular section of Russia's embassy in London © Reuters/Hannah Mckay FILE PHOTO: A security camera is seen, and a flag flies outside the consular section of Russia's embassy in London

"It is almost certain that Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 General Election through the online amplification of illicitly acquired and leaked Government documents," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

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The leak and distribution of classified UK - U . S . trade documents online is tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, social media site The Kremlin has repeatedly denied allegations of election meddling . Officials in Moscow were not immediately available for comment after hours on Friday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The leak of classified UK - U . S . trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian The opposition Labour Party says the leaked documents show the ruling Conservatives are Britain has previously accused Russia of meddling or trying to interfere in western elections

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at Downing Street ahead of a cabinet meeting in London © Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at Downing Street ahead of a cabinet meeting in London

"Sensitive government documents relating to the UK-US Free Trade Agreement were illicitly acquired before the 2019 General Election and disseminated online via the social media platform Reddit," he added.

A British government investigation found that when these documents gained little traction, further attempts were made to promote illicitly obtained material online ahead of the election, Raab said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a landslide victory in the December 2019 election - beating Labour's Jeremy Corbyn with the Conservative Party winning the biggest majority of seats since the 1987 win of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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* UK - U . S . trade documents were leaked last month. * Reddit believes Russian campaign behind the leak . * UK fears attempt to influence the Dec. The government says there has been no successful attempt to meddle in British elections but critics said Johnson had sat on it because it might contain

US no banana republic for Russia to meddle in its election – Putin. Despite constantly saying there was solid proof that Russia had meddled in the affairs of other countries, such as by bringing down French TV stations and interfering in US elections , he failed to provide any concrete evidence to back

"Whilst there is no evidence of a broad-spectrum Russian campaign against the General Election, any attempt to interfere in our democratic processes is completely unacceptable," Raab said.

"The government reserves the right to respond with appropriate measures in the future," he added.

Relations between London and Moscow fell to a post-Cold War low in 2018 when Britain blamed Moscow for trying to kill a former double agent with a Soviet-developed nerve agent in the English cathedral city of Salisbury.

Russia denied it was to blame but London identified agents from Russian military intelligence whom it said had travelled to England to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)

Biden warns of foreign election interference, puts the Kremlin 'on notice’ .
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