Russia made serious efforts to interfere into American elections. Former US Vice President Dick Cheney spoke unequivocally about Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election in his speech at the Economic Times' Global Business Summit in Delhi on Monday, reports the business Insider.
"There's no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes," Cheney said. "In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.
"I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process," Cheney concluded.
“Not long ago, Gorbachev was in power and the Soviets went out of business … but the situation has changed dramatically under Putin,” he said. “I think he has designs on the Baltics … We know he wanted Crimea — he took it.”
According to the report, the Russian goal was to undermine the "people's faith in the democratic process in the United States" and harm the reputation of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her "potential presidency." US intelligence accused the Russian government and Vladimir Putin that they "give clear preference" to the elected US president Donald Trump.
Russia acted not only with the help of hacker attacks, the report says, but as well through propaganda "funded by the state media" and work of paid bloggers and "trolls".
US intelligence agencies believe that Russia "will use the skills" obtained in the campaign during the US presidential elections to continue to influence the political process in other countries.