The Washington Post reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian foreign influence operation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election against former vice president Joe Biden, which involves a prominent Ukrainian lawmaker connected to President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, a top-secret CIA assessment concluded, according to two sources who reviewed it.
On Aug. 31, the CIA published an assessment of Russian efforts to interfere in the November election in an internal, highly classified report called the CIA Worldwide Intelligence Review, the sources said. CIA analysts compiled the assessment with input from the National Security Agency and the FBI, based on several dozen pieces of information gleaned from public, unclassified and classified intelligence sources.
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CIA: “We assess that President Vladimir Putin & the senior most Russian officials are aware of & probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former U.S. Vice President, supporting the U.S. president and fueling public discord” https://t.co/LOUzzaLbLT
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 22, 2020
As bad as it is that Russia is interfering in our election (with no more condemnation from Trump than when Russia paid bounties for killing Americans troops), it’s the notion that Putin thinks its best for him if Trump gets re-elected that is so chilling. https://t.co/RO9DNFSa07
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 22, 2020