Russian interference in the 2018 United States elections

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Worldwide Threat Assessment that states Russia is targeting the 2018 US election

The United States Intelligence community assessed that Russia is interfering with the 2018 United States elections.[1][2][3]

Events

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated during congressional testimony that "the United States is under attack" from Russian efforts.[4] As of February 13, 2018, six US intelligence agencies unanimously assessed[5] that Russian hackers are scanning American electoral systems and using bot armies to promote partisan causes on social media.[6] Previously, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also warned that Russia is currently interfering in the 2018 midterm election.[7]

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on February 13, Coats noted that voting in some elections will begin as early as March 2018. He stated: "We need to inform the American public that this is real, that this is going to happen." At the same hearing, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the committee that Russia has already been observed engaging in such tactics.[8]

During a March 6, 2018 press conference in the White House, President Trump was questioned on the topic of possible interference in the upcoming midterm election, responding “We won’t allow that to happen. We’re doing a very, very deep study, and we’re coming out with, I think, some very strong suggestions on the ’18 election," adding, “we’ll counteract whatever they do.”[9][10]

References

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Fandos, Nicholas (2018-02-13). "Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Intelligence chiefs say they're seeing signs of Russian meddling in America's upcoming midterm elections". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Top intelligence chiefs issue a dire warning about the Kremlin's ongoing efforts to influence the US, defend against Trump's attacks on the FBI, and explain what happened with a shady Russian offering dirt on Trump". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  4. ^ Schlesinger, Robert (February 13, 2018). "'Frankly, the United States Is Under Attack': U.S. intelligence chiefs warn of Russian 2018 election interference about which Trump remains unmoved." U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  5. ^ Herb, Jeremy. "US intel chiefs unanimous that Russia is targeting 2018 elections". CNN. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Fandos, Nicholas (2018-02-13). "Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Russia already meddling in U.S. midterm elections, Tillerson says". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  8. ^ Hennigan, W. J. (February 13, 2018). "Russia Is Already Trying to Undermine the 2018 Elections, Top Spies Say". TIME. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Trump vows to counteract any Russian interference in 2018 elections". Washington Post. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Trump Says U.S. Working To Counteract Russian Election Interference In 2018 Midterms". NPR.org. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
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