Russia Trying To Undermine Biden In Election, White House Intel Report Says
An intelligence report released by the director of National Intelligence on Friday indicates that “Russia is once again interfering in the U.S. election, trying to covertly undermine Joe Biden,” according to The Los Angeles Times.
- Moscow is employing a “range of measures” in its effort, The Times reported, including “the spread of claims about corruption in Ukraine.” The newspaper also noted that “President Trump and his Republican allies have seized on some of those same Ukraine-related allegations in an attempt to harm Biden’s candidacy.”
- The intelligence report also states that “some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”
- These conclusions “represent the most detailed public description of foreign influence operations targeting this year’s presidential election” and reinforce “concerns that Russia is once again trying to boost Trump, whom it favored over Hillary Clinton in 2016,” The Times reported.
“Our election should be our own,” said a statement from William R. Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Office. “Foreign efforts to influence or interfere with our elections are a direct threat to the fabric of our democracy.”
- The intelligence report also includes information on China and Iran, which officials believe “are also attempting to influence the election, but in opposition to Trump.”