Despite threats, foreign hackers did not disrupt United States election, officials say

Despite threats, foreign hackers did not disrupt United States election, officials say

A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) that was made public on Tuesday determined that while there was no evidence of altering ballots or the voting process, it concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin "authorized" influence operations "aimed at denigrating President Biden's presidency" in support of former President Trump's reelection.

The 15-page intelligence assessment is the first official USA government finding about foreign interference in the 2020 presidential campaign to be made public since votes were cast in November.

The report also says Putin authorized influence operations aimed at denigrating Biden, boosting Trump, undermining confidence in the election and exacerbating social divisions in the US.

The findings about Mr Putin's role are likely to receive particular attention given the report's conclusions that Russia-backed figures such as Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach enlisted unnamed United States political figures in their campaign to smear Mr Biden and his son Hunter. But longtime associate Rudy Giuliani met multiple times with Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach, who in 2020 released heavily edited recordings of Biden in an effort to link the Democratic nominee to unsubstantiated corruption allegations.

"Other senior officials also participated in Russia's election influence efforts - including senior national security and intelligence officials who we assess would not act without receiving at least Putin's tacit approval".

Mr. Kilimnik and others "took steps throughout the election cycle to damage USA ties to Ukraine, denigrate President Biden and his candidacy, and benefit former President Trump's prospects" for re-election, the report said.

President Joe Biden gives a speech during the Inauguration Day ceremony.

United States intelligence agencies and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller previously concluded that Russian Federation also interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's candidacy with a campaign of propaganda aimed at harming his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

During the 2020 campaign, intelligence officials outlined how Russian Federation was spreading damaging information about Biden's son, Hunter, in an attempt to boost Trump's reelection chances.

Iranian cyberactors also launched a fake email campaign posing as right-wing Proud Boy activists who threatened Democratic Party voters in several USA states, an effort revealed a year ago by John Ratcliffe when he was director of national intelligence.

The former president pursued a policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran, imposing damaging sanctions and escalating a war of words between the two nations.

FILE — Voters cast ballots on the last day of early voting at a polling location Las Vegas Oct. 30 2020
FILE — Voters cast ballots on the last day of early voting at a polling location Las Vegas Oct. 30 2020

"China sought stability in its relationship with the United States, did not view either election outcome as being advantageous enough for China to risk getting caught meddling", the report stated.

The report also found that Cuba, Venezuela and the militant group Hezbollah took some steps to influence the election as well, though it described those as generally smaller in scale to Russia's and Iran's meddling.

"You've already seen us take a number of actions in response to Russia's use of a chemical weapon in the attempted murder of Alexei Navalny", the official said, referring to a Russian opposition leader.

Intelligence officials did not single out any Trump ally in that effort.

A new report by the US intelligence community on Tuesday says Russian Federation sought to help former President Donald Trump in last year's presidential election.

Kilimnik was an associate of Paul Manafort, who served as Trump's 2016 campaign chairman.

Trump fired the Department of Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official, after Krebs repeatedly assured the public previous year that the country's voting systems were secure, no votes were changed or data altered.

Still, the Russians attempted to influence the election on several fronts.

Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, when his father was VP.

As in the 2016 election, the so-called Russian troll factory, formerly known as the Internet Research Agency, pushed disparaging stories on social media about Biden and Democrats and complained about censorship by the tech companies, the report said.

'These efforts by USA adversaries seek to exacerbate divisions and undermine confidence in our democratic institutions, ' she warned.

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