US investigates Russian plot to game the election

russian-villagersUS intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to make the population distrust the coming election.

The Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, and enhance Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.

The US operating is being coordinated by James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence as a sign that the US is really worried about the Russian influence operation in the United States.

Officials also are examining potential disruptions to the election process, and the FBI has alerted state and local officials to potential cyber threats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t know who was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but it was important the information had been made public.

In fact some US spooks do not think Putin wants to sway the election in one direction or another. Instead he just wants to cause chaos and provide propaganda fodder to attack U.S. democracy-building policies around the world, particularly areas which used to be controlled by the Soviet Union.

Some congressional leaders briefed recently by the intelligence agencies on Russian influence operations in Europe, and how they may serve as a template for activities in the United States, were disturbed by what they heard.