US in­tel sees signs of Rus­sian med­dling in midterms

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

WASH­ING­TON » Three of the na­tion’s top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials con­firmed Tues­day that they have seen ev­i­dence of Rus­sian med­dling in the up­com­ing midterm elec­tions — part of what they say is Moscow’s es­ca­lat­ing cy­ber as­sault on Amer­i­can and Euro­pean democ­ra­cies.

“We have seen Rus­sian ac­tiv­ity and in­ten­tions to have an im­pact on the next elec­tion cy­cle,” CIA Di­rec­tor Mike Pom­peo told the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee.

Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Di­rec­tor Dan Coats and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency, agreed that Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence is on­go­ing.

“This is not go­ing to change or stop,” Rogers said.

They didn’t de­scribe the ac­tiv­ity, other than to say it was re­lated to in­for­ma­tion war­fare.

“This is per­va­sive,” Coats said. “The Rus­sians have a strat­egy that goes well be­yond what is hap­pen­ing in the United States.

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