Re­port de­tails Rus­sian med­dling in elec­tions

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

On Wed­nes­day, a re­port de­tailed the ex­tent to which Moscow has tried to shape elec­tions across Europe.

The re­port in­di­cated that the U.S. will not be pre­pared to de­fend against pos­si­ble Rus­sian med­dling in the 2018 midterm elec­tions or the 2020 pres­i­den­tial con­test un­less it takes ac­tion now.

The re­port de­tails Rus­sia’s arse­nal of mil­i­tary in­va­sions, dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns and cor­rup­tion, and its weaponiza­tion of en­ergy re­sources, among other tools, and it demon­strated how Moscow’s at­tacks have in­ten­si­fied in scale and com­plex­ity, hit­ting Bri­tain, Ger­many and France, as well as Ukraine and smaller coun­tries.

The re­port, “Putin’s Asym­met­ri­cal As­sault on Democ­racy in Rus­sia and Europe: Im­pli­ca­tions for U.S. Na­tional Se­cu­rity,” was re­searched and writ­ten by Sen. Ben Cardin of Mary­land, the se­nior Demo­crat on the For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee.

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