Putin personally approved Russian influence operation to undermine Biden campaign: US intelligence

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Russian President Vladimir Putin last year authorized operations intended to undermine Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and support President Trump’s re-election while sowing discord to exacerbate tensions in the United States, according to an intelligence assessment American published Tuesday.

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In addition, Iran has carried out a covert influence operation on multiple fronts aimed at undermining Trump’s chances of re-election, but has not directly promoted rivals, according to the unclassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This effort was endorsed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and involved Iranian military and intelligence agencies, which used both open and secret messages and carried out cyber operations, he said. declared.

China made no effort to interfere in the elections, considering but ultimately choosing not to move forward, the report said.

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Despite the various foreign campaigns, however, the report said there was no indication that a foreign actor attempted to change “any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 US election,” including the systems. voter registration, individual ballots, vote tabulation systems or results reporting.

An extended version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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