Reuters reported the details of the plan “Russian interference” in the elections of the President of the United States
Russian Institute for strategic studies (RISS) has developed the documents that became the basis for the strategy of the Russian “intervention” in the past the November 2016 US presidential election, Reuters reported, citing sources.
According to them, the RISS prepared two strategic documents that aim to help Donald Trump win, but also to undermine the faith of voters in the American electoral system. It is on the basis of these documents, U.S. intelligence concluded that the “influence” of Russia in last year’s election campaign.
According to sources Reuters, the first document was drafted in June 2016 and distributed “at the highest level” of Russian government, although it “was not addressed to any particular person.” The text included General recommendations at the beginning of the propaganda campaign that was supposed to run in social networks and in the Russian state information agencies.
The aim of this campaign, according to sources of Reuters, was “to encourage the U.S. voters choose a President who will take a softer stance towards Russia”, than the administration of then-President Barack Obama.
According to four sources, Reuters, June the document was a continuation of the marked in March 2016 strategy of the Russian authorities. The news Agency claimed that the Kremlin has instructed the state media, who included the RT and news Agency Sputnik, to start spreading “positive messages” about Donald trump.
According to the Agency, the second document, prepared in October last year and circulated in a similar manner, reported on the likely victory of the candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Hillary Clinton. In this connection, as did the drafters of the document, Russia had to stop the “propaganda campaign” in support of Republican candidate Donald trump. Instead, it was recommended to focus on the distribution of reports of violations in elections in the United States. Appropriate action, according to sources of Reuters, was to “undermine the legitimacy of the US electoral system as a whole and harm the reputation of Hillary Clinton.”
Both documents, according to sources Reuters, formed the basis of the Obama administration’s conclusions that Russia started the campaign for spreading “false news” and carried out cyberattacks on servers of the National Committee of the US Democratic party. “Putin has always been the goal, and he asked the Institute (RISS) to draw him a road map,” said a former senior official of U.S. intelligence.
However, as specified by sources to Reuters, none of the documents RISS was not mentioned the need for cyberattacks on servers of the US Democratic party. According to the interlocutor of the Agency, the cyber attacks have been separately planned a secret operation that could hold the Russian intelligence services.
Sources also believe that the “propaganda campaign” and attempts of hacking the servers of the democratic party USA are mutually reinforced the effect of the campaign in the media.
The interlocutors Reuters, among whom were three current and four former U.S. officials, did not specify how the US got the documents. Representatives of the American intelligence refused to comment. Press Secretary of the Russian President and the representative of RISS also not commented to Reuters data. The representative of the RT has not responded to the request of the Agency, and the Agency Sputnik called the information “an absolute lie”.
Recall, Russia was at the center of attention in connection with the events of July 2016, when two weeks before the election Congress of democratic party USA website Wikileaks has published more than 19 thousand 8 thousand emails and attached files received “anonymous activists” on the servers of the national Committee of the Democrats. The American government and the companies operating in the United States in the field of cybersecurity, saw in the attacks a “Russian trace” and stated that the hacking was the GRU and the FSB. The media also appeared information that the hacker attack was involved in the highest leadership of the Russian Federation.
Laid on Russia responsible for the cyber attack, Washington in August began to consider the possibility of imposing additional sanctions against Moscow. In December, three weeks before leaving office, President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russia. For the alleged involvement of Moscow to the cyber attacks in the black list of States were six people and five departments, including FSB and GRU. In addition, the United States sent 35 Russian diplomats.
In January this year, was part of the declassified US intelligence report on expanded Russia campaign “to influence American presidential elections.” In late March, the intelligence Committee of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress held its first hearings on the intervention of the authorities of the Russian Federation in the American elections in 2016. Conclusive evidence of the Kremlin’s interference in elections of the head of the White house, however, was not presented. It was assumed that a second round of hearings as the first, will be open. However, the Chairman of the intelligence Committee of the house of representatives Devin Nunes said that subsequent hearings will be held behind closed doors.