Undermining Democratic Institutions and Splintering NATO: Russian Disinformation Aims, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, March 9, 2017   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the March 9, 2017 hearing titled, "Undermining Democratic Institutions and Splintering NATO: Russian Disinformation Aims," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Edward Royce, U.S. Representative from California's 39th Congressional District and Chairman of the Committee: "This morning we examine Russia's systematic attempts to undermine and discredit Western democratic institutions, with one goal being to splinter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]. In January, the U.S. intelligence community produced a report which found that 'Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. Presidential election.' [...] Indeed, the intelligence community reports warn that 'Moscow will apply lessons learned to future influence efforts worldwide, including against U.S. allies and their election processes.' [...] with elections on the horizon in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Italy, European intelligence services are sounding the alarm about Russian attempts to skew the outcome with targeted disinformation and propaganda. [...] What is new is that Russian disinformation has been growing in sophistication, intensity, reach, and impact. [...] Russia has deployed its arsenal of trolls, propaganda, and false information to a new level. These techniques have even become enshrined in official Kremlin doctrine. Moscow's strategic objective is to break apart the NATO alliance and, thus, to boost Russian geopolitical influence in Western Europe. [...] I am afraid it is not exaggeration to say the long-term future of the European security order and America's role as an Atlantic power is at risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Peter B. Doran, and Daniel Baer.

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