Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general overseeing Russian Federation investigation, at Aspen Security Forum

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general overseeing Russian Federation investigation, at Aspen Security Forum

US Department of Justice (WASHINGTON) - The Justice Department official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe vowed on Thursday that politics "must play no role" in USA government efforts to stop foreign attacks and influence campaigns, but he also insisted that politics must play no role in how individual Americans assess and respond to those threats.

He called attempts to interfere in the presidential elections of 2016 in the US one of many examples of hostile activities in cyberspace, comparing them with "only one tree in the growing forest", reports DW. The Russian endeavor to impact the 2016 presidential election is not enough.

Affirming that Russian Federation is not the only foreign adversary targeting the USA with cyber-threats, Rosenstein's comments come only days after The New York Times reported that a "besieged Trump" appeared to be ad-libbing when he said that foreign meddling "could be other people also.a lot of people out there".

His address pursued a week in which Russian impact was displayed once again to have a cathartic impact on modern American political life. The indictment stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and any Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

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Rosenstein also announced a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia's alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 USA presidential election.

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The US government has been hesitant to publicize such foreign operations, fearing their disclosure could be seen as tipping the balance in an election.

The report emphasizes the importance of vigilance against foreign interference in American elections and politics.

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"Foreign governments should not be secret participants, covertly spreading propaganda and fanning the flames of division", Rosenstein said. "Influence operations are a form of information warfare". The first type covers attackers that break into election infrastructure, including voter registration databases and vote-tallying systems. "When people are aware of the true sponsor, they can make better-informed decisions".

"Covert propaganda disseminated by foreign agents is fundamentally different from domestic partisan wrangling", he said.

"Exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them", Rosenstein said. But at the forum on Wednesday, FBI director Christopher Wray was asked to respond to Trump's attacks on Mueller's probe. The report outlines how the department will work to expose the foreign efforts without damaging counter-intelligence efforts or wading into USA politics. The department also is forming strategic relationships with social media providers to help them identify malign foreign influence activity.

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Trump called the U.S investigation into possible Russian meddling "foolish" and said that both countries "have made mistakes". Donald Trump backtracked his support of Vladimir Putin's denial of Russia's meddling, claiming that he misspoke.

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