On March 15, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an “Intelligence Community Assessment On Foreign Threats To The 2020 U.S. Federal Elections”. The report claimed that Russia meddled in the recent U.S. election process, again. Among other Trump’s foreign “supporters”, there were Iran, China, Cuba, Venezuela and Hezbollah mentioned.
Russia’s efforts were aimed at “denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the US.” – the report says.
According to the declassified document, Vladimir Putin authorized to organize special operations in order to discredit Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
This time, there were no indications that any foreign state had altered the technical aspects of the voting, there were no “persistent Russian cyber efforts”, but Moscow, alongside with Tehran, “spread false or inflated claims about alleged compromises of voting systems to undermine public confidence in election processes and results.”
According to the U.S. Intelligence community, Iran conducted a “multi-pronged covert influence campaign intended to undercut former President Trump’s reelection prospects—though without directly promoting his rivals—undermine public confidence in the electoral process and US institutions, and sow division and exacerbate societal tensions in the US.”
At the same time, the US intelligence has not decided on Beijing’s influence on the elections.
According to the report, Beijing “did not deploy interference efforts and considered but did not deploy influence efforts intended to change the outcome of the US Presidential election.”
While the National Intelligence Officer for Cyber claimed that Beijing “took at least some steps to undermine former President Trump’s reelection chances, primarily through social media and official public statements and media.”
It seems that the Washington establishment is completely incapable to organize an independent election process in its country, as not only “evil Russia” but even Cuba may influence its results. Meanwhile, one can only admire Putin’s savvy to create more new ways to interfere in U.S. elections.
Nonetheless, the newly declassified report may traditionally result in a set of sanctions against the U.S. adversaries. Moreover, it was released exactly at a time when the Eastern Ukraine is preparing for another military escalation.
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