Putin’s Gamble Pays Off

Russian Meddling In U.S. Election Delivers Desired Result. For Russia.

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“A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.”

“It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.”

“’Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map,’ said one of the sources, a former senior U.S. intelligence official.”

“Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. election… Trump has said Russia’s activities had no impact on the outcome of the race.”

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