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Our elections are still vulnerable to Russian interference
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Our elections are still vulnerable to Russian interference

Max Bergmann and Max Boot discuss the persisting threat of Russian interference on U.S. elections—and why President Trump is failing to adequately protect the United States against this national security threat.

Authors

  • Max Bergmann
  • Max Boot

It’s heartening to read The Post’s revelation that U.S. Cyber Command disrupted Internet access on Election Day 2018, for the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg. This is the Russian troll farm that ran an extensive online campaign in 2016 to help elect Donald Trump. But as the cyberwarfare expert Thomas Rid noted, the Cyber Command operation was “more of a pinprick that is more annoying than deterring in the long run.” More than two years after the 2016 election, the United States still does not have a comprehensive policy to counter and deter foreign interference in our elections. Indeed, the Trump administration is gutting the task forces established to do just that.

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Authors

Max Bergmann

Senior Fellow

Max Boot