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Intel Report: U.S. Allies Vulnerable to Attacks From Putin

Intelligence Report: Putin-led Russian Federation Likely To Interfere in Elections of U.S. Allies

The Russian Federation may try to interfere in the democratic processes of U.S. allies, a declassified report warned Friday. The public report is highly redacted, but concludes with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered state actors to hack the Democratic National Committee. Now, U.S. officials fear, Russia may target American allies across the globe. The report expresses near- certainty of Russian interference from The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Security Agency.

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The Russian Federation may try to interfere in the democratic processes of U.S. allies, a declassified report warned Friday. The public report is highly redacted, but concludes with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered state actors to hack the Democratic National Committee. Now, U.S. officials fear, Russia may target American allies across the globe.

“We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts in the United States and worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes,” reads the report.

Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump remains skeptical of Russian involvement in the release of Democratic Party emails. Joining him are some current and former supporters of Bernie Sanders, who may not agree with Trump politically, but view alleged election tampering on the Democratic side as an affront equal to Russian involvement.

Hacked emails depict a culture of favoritism within the political party, and a strong preference for veteran Democrat Hillary Clinton. Sanders has distanced himself from the scandal, telling supporters he prefers to take the incoming Trump administration head-on, and continue the political revolution at the grassroots level.

The report expresses near- certainty of Russian interference from The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Security Agency.

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.