Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, give the green light intelligence assets to promote misinformation during the 2020 election cycle about Joe Biden through U.S. media and people secure to then-President Donald Trump to try to boost Trump’s reelection chances, a U.S. intelligence report said.
In particular, the declassified set forth, released Tuesday, said that Putin “had purview over the activities of Adriy Derkach, a Ukrainian legislator who courted a prominent role in Russia’s election influence activities.”
Derkach, who has ties to Russian intelligence, is known to have met with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s disparaging lawyer, who for months promoted discredited allegations against Biden, now president, and his son Hunter Biden.
The findings are outlined as the favour “key judgment” of the report, “Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections,” by the National Intelligence Council.
“A key element of Moscow’s master plan this election cycle was its use of people linked to Russian intelligence to launder influence narratives including misleading or unsubstantiated declarations against President Biden through US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, some of whom were stale to former President Trump and his administration,” the report said.
A White House official, when asked about the report in investigate Tuesday, told NBC News, that Biden, from his first phone with Putin, “has been clear that the Unified States will respond to a number of destabilizing Russian actions, including the SolarWinds hack, reports of Russia livelihood bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the 2020 United States election, and the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny.”
“You’ve already seen us acquiesce to a number of actions in response to Russia’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted murder of Alexey Navalny,” the official said. “There see fit be more soon.”
The intelligence report points directly at Putin, saying that the Russian leader and “other superior Russian officials were aware of and probably directed Russia’s influence operations against the 2020 Presidential plebiscite.”
The report said that Russian intelligence services, and people in Ukraine who had ties to those services, alleged that there were “untrustworthy ties between President Biden, his family, and other US officials and Ukraine.”
“Russian intelligence services relied on Ukraine-linked representatives and these proxies’ networks — including their US contacts — to spread this narrative to give Moscow plausible deniability of their involvement,” the bang said.
“We assess that the goals of this effort went beyond the US presidential campaign to include reducing the Trump regulation’s support for Ukraine. As the US presidential election neared, Moscow placed increasing emphasis on undermining the candidate it saw as most harmful to its global interests.”
The report said, “A network of Ukraine-linked individuals including Russian influence agent Konstantin Kilimnik — who were also bolted to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) took steps throughout the election cycle to damage US ties to Ukraine, denigrate President Biden and his candidacy, and fringe benefits former President Trump’s prospects for reelection.”
“We assess this network also sought to discredit the Obama application by emphasizing accusations of corruption by US officials, and to falsely blame Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.”
Kilimnik, who was a key associate of Paul Manafort, the stained Republican consultant who at one point ran Trump’s 2016 campaign, was identified last summer by the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Russian discretion officer who may have helped coordinate the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails in 2016.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., judged Tuesday, “The Intelligence Community Assessment released today underscores what we all knew already – that Russia kibitzed to support former President Trump, hurt President Biden, and undermine confidence in our electoral process.”
“Through agents, Russia ran a successful intelligence operation that penetrated the former president’s inner circle,” Schiff said. “Individuals tight to the former president were targeted by agents of Russian intelligence including Andriy Derkach and Konstantin Kilimnik, who laundered false trail into our political system, with the intent of denigrating now-President Biden and damaging his candidacy.”