United States Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats sounded alarm over cyberthreats from Russia to the Senate Intelligence Committee, affirming that “frankly, the US is under attack.”
Such a statement occurred amid ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Race, reportedly in favor of Donald Trump although the Republicans (GOP) stressed it is mere accusation without evidence; a “fake news” according to Trump himself.
However, across the full spectrum of US politics, it appears that Russia has become the big foe again, remembering the hottest days of the Cold War as the chiefs of the many US intelligence agencies unanimously depicted the Russian threat as unchanged and growing unabated. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceived its past efforts as successful and sees the 2018 US midterms elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” said Coats.
“We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here,” Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo added. Russia is accused of utilizing social media to influence the US public opinion and to sow division using disinformation, a field in which Russian intelligence has been deemed “an expert” since the early days of Soviet espionage.
What changed lately in US intelligence community’s perception of Russia has been a strong consensus about Russia’s attempts to influence US politics. In turn, Russia has denounced alleged US interference into its own domestic politics, accusing NGOs and US government of supporting specific candidates in the past and in the upcoming presidential election next month.