JRL NEWSWATCH: “What does the Russia report mean for British people and politics? Luke Harding considers the implications of the report on Moscow’s meddling” – The Guardian

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“… The Russia report accuses the government of failing to investigate Russian interference in British politics, in particular during the 2016 EU referendum. The Commons intelligence and security committee[] … says Downing Street showed a ‘lack of curiosity’ over Kremlin meddling. … [not] say[ing] whether this complacency was deliberate or an omission[,] [e]ither way … a stunning rebuke of Boris Johnson and … predecessor … Theresa May. We now know why Johnson sought to bury the report before last December’s general election. … The report broadly reflects the expert view of Christopher Steele, a former MI6 spy who gave evidence to the ISC in 2018. … sa[ying] Johnson, as foreign secretary, and May ‘threw a blanket’ over indications that the Russians had pushed for Brexit and may have covertly funded the campaign. … put[ting] Tory party politics above national security, Steele alleged. … EU Map adapted from cia.gov image[According to the] ISC … ‘The written evidence provided to us appeared to suggest that HMG [Her Majesty’s government] had not seen or sought evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes or any activity that has had a material impact on an election, for example influencing results.’ ….”

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