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Does the US Still Interfere in Foreign Elections?

Americans were outraged about foreign interference in the 2016 US election, and officials have sought to counter the asymmetric advantage that the Internet gives America's adversaries. But the United States will be unable to establish norms to constrain its rivals until it publicly denounces and ends the practice itself.

CAMBRIDGE – Four years after Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, more countries seem to be joining the game in the run-up to this year’s vote on November 3. In August, William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned about “ongoing and potential” electoral influence efforts by Russia, China, and Iran. Last week, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray disclosed that Russia and Iran had obtained US voter registration data. “[T]he two countries are stepping in to try to influence the presidential election as it enters its final two weeks,” concluded the New York Times.