U.K. releases long-delayed report on Russian election meddling

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London — British lawmakers released the findings a long-delayed and much anticipated report into Russian interference in UK politics on Tuesday.  The report from the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee did not produce a smoking gun, because, the committee said, nobody looked for one. 

The report found that Russian interference in Western politics was the new normal, but that the U.K. First published on July 21, 2020 / 12:53 PM stands divided after formal Brexit

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As it turned out, there’s wasn’t enough detail in the report to directly pin any blame on the Russian government, and Johnson’s government has already rejected the idea of an investigation.The report said Russian interference in British democracy was a “hot potato” issue that none of the country’s security services wanted to touch, “with a ten foot pole.” 

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U.K. Still, the report was kept under wraps by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government for almost a year — until the committee outmaneuvered him to release it on Tuesday. 

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Those security services, it said, have been conditioned to stay out of domestic politics, and no one in the government told them to investigate. As for the referendum vote itself, the committee said it was not compromised because it was a paper ballot.So, no smoking gun and, for the Johnson government, perhaps another bullet dodged. releases long-delayed report on Russian election meddling

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The U.K. government only started to really consider the threat after Moscow’s hack and leak operation against the Democratic National Committee in Washington became public. to withdrawal from the European Union. 

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