A Russian Operative Has Just Been Indicted For Trying To Meddle In Upcoming Midterms
A Russian woman name Elena Alekaseevna Khusyaynova has just been indicted for trying to meddle in the upcoming midterm elections, according to multiple reports.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that Khusyaynova was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The Post stated that Khusyaynova was working on behalf of “Project Lakhta,” an organization attempting to “to sow discord in the U.S. political system.”
“Today’s charges allege that Russian national Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with U.S. democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers in a statement.
“Our nation is built upon a hard-fought and unwavering commitment to democracy. Americans disagree in good faith on all manner of issues, and we will protect their right to do so. Unlawful foreign interference with these debates debases their democratic integrity, and we will make every effort to disrupt it and hold those involved accountable.”
According to NBC News, that same group was responsible for attacking John McCain, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, and former President Barack Obama.
Politico reported that tried to influence the upcoming elections with a “scheme to spend in excess of $10 million since the beginning of the year on targeted social media ads and web postings.”
“We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies. These activities also may seek to influence voter perceptions and decision making in the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections,” the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement.
“Currently, we do not have any evidence of a compromise or disruption of infrastructure that would enable adversaries to prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt our ability to tally votes in the midterm elections.”