Think Tank Linked To Putin Distributed Plans to Influence US Election

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Think Tank Linked To Putin Distributed Plans to Influence US Election

Following the election, USA intelligence agencies obtained two documents from a think tank controlled by Russian president Vladimir Putin, according to Reuters.

"Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map", a former senior US intelligence official told Reuters.

The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies drafted confidential documents outlining how to meddle with the presidential election, and these have been obtained by USA intelligence officials who believe they are evidence of the Russian government's interference.

It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage US voters to elect a president who would take a softer line towards Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.

The second document, reportedly drafted just a month before the election, apparently warned that Hillary Clinton was on the brink of victory and thus Russian Federation should shift its focus away from Mr Trump and onto the issue of voter fraud, denting Clinton's credibility.

Two new reports shed light on what led the USA government to conclude that Russian Federation attempted to meddle in the US election, and why the Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking at a possible connection to the Trump campaign. US intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [https://en.riss.ru/], after the election.

Russian Federation on Wednesday blocked UN Security Council condemnation of Pyongyang's latest missile test - even though China, which has a major frontier with North Korea had backed the strongly-worded statement put forward by the United States.

During his speech at the New Economic School in Moscow, Page harshly criticized USA policy toward Russian Federation. Putin's spokesman and the Russian institute did not respond to requests for comment. However, it is believed that the documents played an important role in that led the Obama administration to conclude Moscow had launched a fake news campaign and hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) along with Hillary Clinton's campaign to swing the election in Trump's favour.

"Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map", according to one former senior USA intelligence official.

Trump has said Russia's activities had no impact on the outcome of the race. "Russian state-backed global news outlets" would also be used to push the foreign policy narrative.

"Only the Russian people will choose the president's successor through democratic elections", Putin said at a Kremlin meeting. "And by the way, it's not the first pack of lies we're hearing from "sources in USA official circles", the spokesperson said in an email.

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