USA Today reports:
Russia and Iran engaged in multi-faceted, covert influence campaigns aimed at swaying the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, according to a declassified assessment released Tuesday by U.S. intelligence officials.
The report from the Director of National Intelligence said U.S. officials did not find evidence that foreign actors tried to alter “technical” aspects of the voting process, such as voter registration files or vote counting.
But some U.S. adversaries, including Iran and Russia, “spread false or inflated claims about alleged compromises of voting systems to undermine public confidence in election processes and results,” the report says.
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The US Intelligence Community has just released a lengthy unclassified report that says Russia’s Putin authorized a “range of Russian government organizations” to denigrate the Biden candidacy, support Trump’s re-election & undermine public confidence in the US electoral process.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) March 16, 2021
This has a familiar ring: US intel finds Russia interfered in 2020 election with aim of “denigrating President Biden’s candidacy & the Democratic Party, supporting former Pres Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process & exacerbating sociopolitical divisions.”
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 16, 2021
House Intel chair Adam Schiff: “The Intelligence Community Assessment released today underscores what we all knew already – that Russia interfered to support former President Trump, hurt President Biden.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) March 16, 2021
The tl;dr of the US Intel report into 2020 election meddling:
1. Russia tried to help Trump and smear Biden.
2. Iran tried to hurt Trump.
3. China sat this one out.
4. Other countries tried minor interference
5. Nobody messed with voting tallieshttps://t.co/BPPtRmQynU
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) March 16, 2021
DOJ/FBI/DHS/CISA assess that Putin "had purview over the activities of Andriy Derkach," the Ukrainian legislator who collaborated with Rudy Giuliani on Biden smears (these were championed by OAN in particular).
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 16, 2021