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'Active Measures': A History of Russian Interference in US Elections

| December 23, 2016

Interconnectivity has made it easier than ever—but recent meddling has precedent

When, during his election campaign, Donald Trump publicly called for Russia to hack into Hilary Clinton's emails, he became the first presidential candidate in American history to invite a foreign intelligence operation on a rival candidate.

There are now growing reports that Russia's intelligence services, it seems with approval of Russia's leader Vladimir Putin himself, interfered with last month's US Presidential election. Russian hackers reportedly launched a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), obtained damaging information on Clinton, and then leaked it to outlets like Wikileaks with the aim of assisting Trump's candidacy....

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For Academic Citation: Walton , Calder.“'Active Measures': A History of Russian Interference in US Elections.” Prospect, December 23, 2016.