US must act now to ward off more Russian election meddling, report says

( CNN) The US will not be prepared to defend against probable Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm referendums or the 2020 presidential game unless it shall take such action now, according to a new reportdetailing the extent to which Moscow has tried to shape polls across Europe.

The report items Russia’s arsenal of military raids, disinformation campaigns and fraud, and its weaponization of energy resources, amongst other tools, and it demonstrates how Moscow’s onrushes have intensified in scale and complexity, thumping Britain, Germany and France, as well as Ukraine and smaller countries.

The report, releasedWednesdayby Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the elderly Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, stretch from European experience to outline modes in which Russia’s “malign influence operations” can be deterred.

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