There certainly is no surprise in this announcement, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t newsworthy that there is official confirmation of Russian interference in the 2020 election. Washington Post:
Huge news from ODNI – not the least because Giuliani has worked to amplify Derkach's criticisms of Biden; the IC now says those criticisms are part of a Russian effort to damage Biden's candidacy pic.twitter.com/N16eq9EQQl
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) August 7, 2020
The director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), William Evanina, released this report Friday.
Russia, which interfered in the 2016 election to help boost Trump’s chances, according to U.S. intelligence officials, now wants to diminish former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Evanina said.
“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former vice president Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment,’ ” he said
As stated, this is hardly earth shattering information. But what it unveils is two things: 1. As Robert Mueller said when he testified before Congress, election interference is “going on as we speak,” and 2. The people involved in that effort, such as Rudy Giuliani, are jaded in the extreme and have no trouble selling out their fellow Americans.
Just how many individuals who feel that way in the Republican party are not known, but it certainly would behoove us to pay attention to the pro-Trump people, because pro-Trump equates to pro-Putin and pro end of democracy.