Senate Committee Confirms 2016 Russian Cyberattack on Democratic Institutions

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A report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has confirmed the 2017 assessment from the Intelligence Community on Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Intelligence report stated “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” Senate Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) said “the Committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the Intelligence Community Assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” The Senate Report also stated, “the Committee’s investigation has exposed a far more extensive Russian effort to manipulate social media outlets to sow discord and to interfere in the 2016 election and American society” than the Intelligence Community assessment reported. EPIC pursued a FOIA lawsuit, EPIC v. ODNI, to obtain public release of the complete Intelligence report. In 2017, EPIC launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to focus attention on new threats to democratic institutions.


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