April 20, 2021

IntelBrief: QAnon – A U.S. National Security Threat Amplified by Foreign-Based Actors

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Bottom Line Up Front

  • FBI Director Wray remains concerned about the national security threat posed by QAnon conspiracy theories and adherents of this movement.
  • Key tenets of the QAnon conspiracy theory appeal to a significant number of Americans, according to a new Soufan Center report.
  • Russia-driven amplification of QAnon-related narratives was predominant in 2020, but began to wane beginning in 2021.
  • China-related perpetuation of QAnon conspiracies proliferated toward the end of 2020 and now outpaces Russia-related amplification.