The history of Russia’s 2016 election meddling in 4 minutes
NYT: theory &# 171; Ukrainian intervention&# 187; in the elections fabricated by the Russian special services
Moscow continues its special disinformation operation, trying to accuse Ukraine of meddling in the US presidential election
One of the central themes of the ongoing investigation in Congress on the possibility of impeachment of Donald Trump is the position promoted by the Republicans that in fact in 2016 it was not Russia that intervened in the American elections, but Ukraine. Fiona Hill, a prominent Russian policy researcher and former White House official, criticized the position Thursday in a public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. Hill said Trump’s congressional defenders were repeating “fictional stories” about Ukrainian intervention, and suggested the theory was the result of a disinformation campaign by Russian intelligence agencies..
According to the New York Times, during a briefing shortly after the testimony of Fiona Hill, representatives of the American intelligence community informed the senators and their aides that Russia has been campaigning for several years to shift the blame for the cyberattacks committed by Moscow in 2016 to Ukraine. during the presidential elections in the United States. Three official sources told NYT about it. The briefing took place at a time when the Republicans tried to protect Donald Trump, once again recalling the “Ukrainian intervention”.
Obviously, the authors of the NYT article write, Russia is still trying to sow discord among its opponents – and not without success, as unsubstantiated claims of Ukrainian intervention have been enthusiastically supported by many Republicans. US intelligence agencies speculate that Moscow will intensify its efforts to spread false theory of Ukrainian interference as the 2020 elections approach. At a secret briefing for senators, intelligence officials also spoke about sophisticated influence tactics that are increasingly being used by Moscow..
Speaking at a hearing before the Intelligence Committee, Fiona Hill recalled that since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, Russia has repeatedly tried to increase its influence on the neighboring country, interfering in its internal affairs, turning the West against Kiev and blaming Ukrainian critics of the Kremlin. in “fascism”.
“Russians are particularly interested in making Ukraine, Ukrainian leaders, look very bad,” Hill said to lawmakers..
The accusations of “Ukrainian interference” are based on the actions of a small number of Ukrainian activists who openly criticized Trump in 2016 or tried to somehow damage his image. These were targeted attempts, incomparable to the large-scale campaign waged by Moscow to influence the outcome of the US elections..
This time, Russian intelligence agencies have deployed a veritable network of agents of influence to accuse Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 elections. Beginning in 2017, as the New York Times points out, Moscow began to create an information cocktail of both completely meaningless and refuted conspiracy theories and reliable facts, in order to give the impression that the server of the Democratic National Committee, for example , was hacked by Ukrainians, not Russians.
Russian intelligence officers, the newspaper reports, transmitted information to Russians and Ukrainians who were known in their countries, who then, through acquaintances of oligarchs, businessmen and their partners, supplied disinformation to American politicians and journalists who, obviously, did not know about the true origin of the data..
Among the followers of this theory, according to the New York Times, was Donald Trump himself, who has repeatedly spoken publicly about the need to “investigate the actions of Ukraine in 2016”.
However, Republicans disagree that their concern about Ukrainian actions means they no longer worry about Russian interference. “No Republican member of this committee said Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections,” Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing New York in the House of Representatives and a member of the Intelligence Committee, said Thursday..
While U.S. intelligence agencies have not conducted an official investigation into the Russian disinformation campaign against Ukraine, intelligence officials agree that Moscow has adopted the tactic to absolve itself of responsibility for interfering with the 2016 campaign, one source said..
Russia has been relentlessly trying to divert attention from its actions since Moscow was first accused of electoral interference, according to one NYT interlocutor..
Putin began publicly talking about Ukraine’s alleged meddling back in early 2017, says Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He also attended a briefing organized by the intelligence community, but declined to answer questions about what exactly was discussed at the meeting..
“These people do it professionally. The Soviet Union has been using disinformation for 70 years. This is nothing new. Vladimir Putin is a former KGB agent. He was taught how to cheat. It’s his craft and he does it well, ”King says..
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