US Security Officials Warned The States About Possible Methods Of Russian Interference In The Election
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI warned the authorities of American States about the methods that at the beginning of the year. In their opinion, Russia can use to interfere in the upcoming elections. This was reported by the Associated Press on Monday, citing a memo from law enforcement agencies available to it.
The Russian side has repeatedly denied allegations of election meddling, and Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned in February that as November approaches, more "paranoid messages" will appear on the subject.
According to the Agency, a memo from the Interior Ministry and the FBI, dated February 3, lists eight ways to interfere in the election, which security officials believe Russia may resort to. At the same time, it is emphasized that so far there has not been a single case when the Russian Federation has used at least one of these methods, including secret consulting of candidates and their election headquarters. The Associated Press emphasizes that the document does not name specific policies that Moscow can support.
According to the note, the Russian side is also able to use hacker attacks, influence the audience through social networks and state-controlled media, use various economic levers of pressure, manipulate the voter database, and provide financial support to candidates.
The Agency has not yet been able to get a response from the Ministry, the FBI did not comment.
In the November 3 election, Americans will elect a President and Vice President, 35 members of the U.S. Senate, all members of the House of Representatives, and 11 governors. In addition, several States will hold elections for members of legislative assemblies.
Interference in the American election process in 2016, the US intelligence services incriminate Russia. US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has been investigating these alleged influence attempts for almost two years. In particular, he investigated alleged collusion between the Russian authorities and the Republican trump. In the end, Mueller admitted that there was no collusion. Trump has repeatedly denied suspicions of any improper contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign. Moscow has also repeatedly rejected conclusions about attempts to influence the course of the US election.