The Stanford Internet Observatory corroborates the reporting on this site about the role of Russian and Iranian intelligence agencies in the U..S. president election.
As intelligence analyst Maysam Behravesh wrote on this blog, the reports blaming Iran for a Proud Boy threats against Democrats were hasty and unfounded, while Russian efforts have been abetted by the Trump campaign, as journalist Nina Burleigh reported here
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The incidents—which were described, deconstructed, and debunked in non-technical terms in a Stanford Internet Observatory report issued two days later—came in the same week that the U.S. passed the 50 million mark for ballots already cast. The attacks may have been headline news, but they did not dent record turnout. Their false claims were swiftly outed and then drowned out by domestic noisemakers.
“Of course when it comes to spreading false information, the Russians have plenty of help from the President and his media allies,” wrote longtime journalist Nina Burleigh on Deep State blog, which monitors the world’s intelligence agencies, launching its series on foreign interference in the 2020 election.
Voting expert Steve Rosenfelt puts this disinformation in perspective.
“The people behind this campaign were effective, however, in drawing attention to themselves and to their capability to create disinformation,” Stanford’s report said. “The rapid reaction of government and civil society to these incidents has blunted the capability of these actors to spread their false claims. Our hope is, now that the video and emails have been thoroughly debunked, that media coverage of this disinformation is measured and that future attempts to imply hacking of the voting system are not given unearned amplification or credence.”