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ISC report says UK “playing catch-up” against Russian interference


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

21st Jul, 2020. 03:59 pm
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ISC report says UK "playing catch-up" against Russian interference

The intelligence and Security Committee said that the UK government is “playing catch-up” when it comes to handling Russian interference in elections. 

The ISC’s report said that Russian influence in the UK was “the new normal” and called for “immediate action” to help handle the threat.

But the committee also said that the government “actively avoided” searching interference during the EU referendum.

There was “no reason” for the report’s publication to be delayed, the report said.

Downing Street was accused of delaying the committee’s report before December’s UK election. But it has denied.

One of the ISC’s committee members, Kevan Jones, spoke at the press conference to introduce the report. He criticized the prime minister for not signing it off sooner. He said that there was “no reason for delay”.

According to the international news agency, the ISC’s inquiry worked on various topics including disinformation campaigns, cyber tactics, and Russian expatriates in the UK. It said that the UK was a “top target” for the state.

However, “highly sensitive” will not be published as fear prevails hat Russia could use the data to threaten the UK.

According to the report, the UK was UK was “clearly a target” for disinformation campaigns around its elections, but the matter was described as a “hot potato”-with no one organization trying to handle it.

ISC committee member Stewart Hosie said that no one in the government wanted to handle Russian interference with “10-foot pole” no-one knew if Russia had tried to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum “because they did not want to know”.

Mr Hosie told reporters: “There has been no assessment of Russian interference in the EU referendum and this goes back to nobody wanting to touch the issue with a 10-foot pole.

“This is in stark contrast to the US response to reported interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“There should have been an assessment of Russian interference in the EU referendum and there must now be one, and the public must be told the results of that assessment.”

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