Intelligence community investigating covert Russian influence operations in the United States

September 5, 2016 10:03 AM

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Intelligence community investigating covert Russian influence operations in the United States

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are probing what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.

The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.

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