Bloomberg first reported this afternoon that American intelligence and federal law enforcement officials are investigating a possible Russian disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden.
Apparently not wanting to be caught with their pants down like they were in 2016 when the Russians targeted the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, officials evidently believe Russia may be behind efforts to link Biden to the nebulous controversy in Ukraine.
The probe comes as senior U.S. officials are warning that Russia’s election interference in 2020 could be more brazen than in the 2016 presidential race or the 2018 midterm election.
Part of the inquiry is to determine whether Russia is trying to weaken Biden by promoting controversy over his past involvement in U.S. policy toward Ukraine while his son worked for an energy company there. [...]
A signature trait of Russian President Vladimir Putin “is his ability to convince people of outright falsehoods,” said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, while declining to comment on whether U.S. intelligence is investigating a possible Russian campaign to undermine Biden.
It would not be so easy to "convince people of outright falsehoods" if so many Americans had not already been brainwashed by the conservative entertainment complex.
Millions of Americans are vulnerable to misinformation campaigns carried out by foreign intelligence agencies because, in some cases, they've never consumed anything but misinformation. There are people who've watched nothing but Fox News since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or nearly 20 years, when the station became a full-time propaganda machine opposed to liberal democracy.
There's no doubt in my mind that Russian operatives and their proxies, along with operatives from other countries such as Saudi Arabia, will carry out and fund misinformation campaigns against whoever the Democratic nominee is this year. There's no shortage of foreign actors who have a political and/or financial interest in seeing Donald Trump remain in office.
Unless there's a significant shift in polling over the next two months, it's likely that Joe Biden will become the Democratic nominee for president.