The Russians are coming

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It's vital to him that Russians don't develop any ideas about wanting a more representative and accountable democracy, perhaps even one where it wouldn't be possible for one man to lead the country indefinitely (Putin has been in power for nearly two decades and is about to win yet another term in the presidency).

"I don't think you realize what you gave me," he told the Russians at one point after getting a look at the stolen documents. "This is probably worth millions of dollars."

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NBC News -
Twitter deleted Russian troll tweets. So we published more than 200,000 of them.

NBC News is publishing its database of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has tied to "malicious activity" from Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

When Twitter suspends accounts, it deletes their tweets from public view and demands that third parties using its data to delete the tweets, too. Experts say the social media network shouldn't apply the same policies to gadget spammers as to evidence of foreign election interference.

CBS News -
Intel chief says "national cry" needed to combat Russian election meddling

"That this is going to happen, and the resilience needed for us to stand up and say we're not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how to run our country," Coats, who leads the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, said. "I think there needs to be a national cry for that."

President Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the idea that Russian election meddling occurred, alternately calling the country's influence efforts a "hoax," "fake news," or a "big Dem scam." He has suggested China, and "some guy in his home in New Jersey" could just as likely be blamed for the interference.

ABC News -
Russia intent on interfering with 2018 midterms, Intel chiefs warn Congress

The head of U.S. intelligence told Congress Tuesday that Russia, just as it did in the 2016 presidential election, is determined to meddle in the 2018 midterms in order “to undermine democracy, sew discord and undermine our values.” Officials tell ABC News that the Russians plan not only to use social media to sow discord through “fake news” but are probing state election systems to see if they can be infiltrated.

Reuters -
More Russian cyber attacks on elections 'likely': U.S. intelligence...

Russia is likely to pursue more cyber attacks on elections in the United States, U.S. intelligence community leaders said on Tuesday, with just months to go before U.S. congressional and local elections in November.

At a Senate hearing, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Russia, as well as other foreign entities, were “likely” to pursue more cyber attacks on U.S. and European elections. “Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against the United States and our European allies using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy,” he told the annual Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats.

New York Times -
Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn

As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media — many of them run by bots — to sow further political and social divisions in the United States, American intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday.

“There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.

NBC News -
U.S. intel agencies expect Russia to escalate election meddling efforts

U.S. intelligence agencies expect Russia to ramp up its efforts to meddle in the U.S. political system through hacking and social media manipulation, according to the worldwide threat assessment released Tuesday morning.

U.S. intelligence analysts believe that Russia will conduct "bolder and more disruptive cyber operations during the next year," targeting Ukraine, NATO and the United States, the assessment says. "We assess that the Russian intelligence services will continue their efforts to disseminate false information via Russian state-controlled media and covert online personas about US activities to encourage anti-US political views," the statement says.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte