American spies revive ‘Russiagate’ allegations

(MENAFN) In a recent briefing to reporters, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has accused Russia of undertaking a comprehensive campaign to sway the upcoming US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. This assertion by American intelligence officials revives echoes of past allegations, despite previous claims over the last eight years having been debunked.

According to the ODNI, Moscow is allegedly engaged in a "whole-of-government" initiative aimed at manipulating public opinion against President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. The intelligence briefing highlighted Russia's purported tactics, which include targeting specific voter demographics, promoting divisive narratives, and undermining electoral integrity to shape electoral outcomes and exacerbate domestic divisions within the United States.

However, specific details on how Russia plans to achieve these objectives were not disclosed during the briefing. The ODNI officials emphasized that the Kremlin is utilizing social media platforms to disseminate propaganda and amplify anti-Democrat and anti-Ukraine sentiments among influential figures in the United States. Despite these claims, no specific politicians or influential voices allegedly involved in the campaign were named.

When questioned about Russia's preference for the 2024 presidential race, particularly in comparison to past elections, ODNI officials noted that they have not observed a shift in Moscow's strategy. This stance remains consistent amid ongoing United States involvement in Ukraine and broader policy decisions affecting Russia.

The allegations bring to mind previous assertions made by United States intelligence agencies during the 2016 and 2020 elections, where Russia was similarly accused of employing cyber operations and information warfare to influence American voters in favor of then-candidate Trump.



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