'Our Democracy Itself Is in the Crosshairs': Trump Intel Officials Directly Call Out Putin on Election Meddling
- Top U.S. intelligence officials
put on a united front atthe White House Thursday
to show their concernsabout upcoming elections.
They sent a stern warning,
Russian cyber-hackers and others
want to interfere in ourelections once again.
CBN's national securitycorrespondent, Erik Rosales,
gives us a closer look.
- Standing with the Trumpadministration power players
ranging from the director of the FBI
to the National Security Advisor,
Director of National Intelligence,
Dan Coats sounded the alarm.
He said Russia is justa keyboard click away
from a major election hack.
- We continue to see apervasive messaging campaign
by Russia to try to weakenand divide the United States.
These efforts are not exclusive
to this election, or future elections,
but certainly cover issuesrelevant to the election.
- [Erik] In a rare show of United Force,
the national security leaders
stood in front of theWhite House press corps,
blasts Russia, and talkabout potential implications.
- Any moment is just a moment
before the dial can be turned up one,
much as we saw in 2016.
Again, not in terms ofeffecting the vote count,
but in terms of potential penetration
of voter registration databasesor something like that.
- Our democracy itselfis in the crosshairs.
- [Erik] They shared alaundry list of what we face,
from attempts to suppress voting,
to illegal campaignfunding, to cyber attacks.
The warning comes just days after
Facebook shut downdozens of fake accounts,
like those targetinghot-button social issues,
part of a sophisticatedcampaign to influence Americans.
Coats pointed straight at Russia,
adding the orders often comefrom Vladimir Putin himself.
- Russia has used numerous ways
in which they want toinfluence through media,
social media, through bots,
through actors that theyhire through proxies,
all of the above, and potentially more.
- [Erik] Each brought up the importance
of the government intelligence community
partnering with social mediaand technology companies,
providing them with classified briefing
so that they can bettermonitor their platforms
and protect our democracy.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.
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