JRL NEWSWATCH: “America’s exposure to Russian information warfare; U.S. democracy remains inexcusably vulnerable to hijack” – Financial Times (UK) Editorial

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“Some now call it an ‘information world war.’ Whether Russia tipped the 2016 election to Donald Trump is unknowable. But it is no longer possible to deny that the Kremlin is waging a multi-pronged form of information warfare on western democracies. The problem is by no means confined to the U.S. Other democracies, including the UK, the Netherlands and Italy, have also been in … Putin’s crosshairs. But America’s electorate remains the most consistent, and arguably pliable, target of Russian propaganda efforts to date. The threat is only growing. Two reports this week, both commissioned by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, have added to our knowledge. The reports also crystallise Washington and Silicon Valley’s negligence in failing to take counteractive measures. …”

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