One way or another, the Russians interfered in the electoral process in many countries since the 1960-ies, said former Director of National intelligence James Clapper.
Ex-Director of National intelligence James Clapper on February 21 at the presentation of his book “Facts and fears: the complicated truth of life in intelligence” at Columbia University stated that the methods the Kremlin used to intervene in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, before it has been tested in Ukraine. About it reports “UKRINFORM”.
“Ukraine was, so to speak, laboratory. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin used Ukraine, in particular, to test the effectiveness of different types of their weapons in this war. We are talking about attacks on the electrical network, the “green men” propaganda. All of this is the military tactics that we just talked about. All that Russia has done in the elections in the U.S. she used this experience,” said Clapper.
According to him, the Kremlin has a long history of interference in election anyway the Russians interfered in the electoral process in several other countries since at least the 1960-ies.
“But never their interference was not so aggressive, large-scale, multi-dimensional as what they made in US elections of 2016. And skill in these matters they received it as a result of involvement in other countries, especially in Europe, in Ukraine, in other places,” – said the former head of intelligence.
He added that it is significant that Russians use social networks.
In October 2016 the United States government officially accused Russia of hacking into the servers of American political parties, and meddling in the presidential election process in the country. In December, the CIA concluded that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election to help the President of the United States Donald Trump to win. In the published us intelligence report said that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered to start a campaign for intervention in U.S. elections.
Spectacular Robert Mueller in may of 2017 investigating the alleged RF interference in American elections and the possible collusion of the environment of the President of the United States with the Kremlin.
In October 2018, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia is going to actively intervene in the election campaign in Ukraine, but Western partners will help Ukraine to deal with possible cyber attacks.