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Russia aims to undermine support for Ukraine during US election, intelligence warns

by Martin Fornusek July 10, 2024 12:37 PM 3 min read
U.S. President Joe Biden and Former President Donald Trump face off in the first presidential debate as it is displayed on a TV screen in Virginia, U.S. on June 27, 2024. (Photo by Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images)
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Russia plans information campaigns to sow division in the U.S. society and undermine support for Ukraine in swing states during the upcoming presidential race, American intelligence officials told journalists on July 9.

When asked whether Moscow seeks to boost a specific candidate, an official of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said that they have "have not observed a shift in Russia’s preferences for the presidential race from past elections, given the role the U.S. is playing with regard to Ukraine and broader policy toward Russia."

Russia has been accused of using social media disinformation, bot farms, and other means to back Donald Trump against his Democratic opponents – Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden – during the 2016 and 2020 elections.

President Biden is most likely going to face Trump again in the November vote.

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"We are beginning to see Russia target specific voter demographics, promote divisive narratives, and denigrate specific politicians," the ONDI official said.

Moscow is "undertaking a whole-of-government approach to influence the election, including the presidential race, Congress and public opinion," the official added.

"To accomplish this, Moscow is using a variety of approaches to bolster its messaging and lend an air of authenticity to its efforts. This includes outsourcing its efforts to commercial firms to hide its hand and laundering narratives through influential U.S. voices."

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