February 22, 2018

TSC IntelBrief: The Importance of the Russia Investigation 

Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
  • The ongoing investigation by the Special Counsel into Russian election interference is more than a political football.
  • At heart is an attempt to unmask an orchestrated online disinformation campaign aimed at widening already existing socio-political divisions in the U.S.
  • The indictments of 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies show how deeply the investigation is reaching into what is usually an anonymous and risk-free endeavor of online social engineering.
  • President Trump continues to downplay the scale of the Russian campaign, using Twitter to denigrate the FBI as well as his own Attorney General.