UK INTELLEGENCE SERVICE ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF “UNDERESTIMATING RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT”


22/07/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Intelligence and Security Committee’s (ISC) report noted that there had been widespread allegations that Russia sought to influence voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum but it would be “difficult - if not impossible” to assess whether any such attempts had been successful. According to the long-delayed Russia report, the British government and intelligence agencies failed to prepare or conduct any proper assessment of such attempts from Kremlin.

A parliamentary report found on Tuesday that the British government "badly underestimated" the threat of Russia's election interference and has been forced to play "catch up" to respond. The report also states that "we therefore question whether Government took its eye off the ball because of its focus on counter-terrorism: it was the opinion of the committee that until recently the Government had badly underestimated the response required to the Russian threat — and is still playing catch-up". The 50-page document analyzed Russian meddling in UK elections and referendums across donations, cyber attacks and even assassinations.

Russia's election interference has been a pressing issue for Western democracies in recent years, particularly after the U.S. intelligence community determined that Moscow had worked to influence voters participating in the 2016 presidential election. Yet, the reaction to the ISC's report from Russia, on the other hand, has been a big collective shrug. The Russian foreign minister dismissed it out of hand and called it "Russophobia", and a Kremlin spokesman said Russia doesn't meddle in other countries elections.


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