President Donald Trump has admitted a U.S. cyberattack against Russia for the first time in 2018, according to a Washington Post report. The goal was the “Internet Research Agency” in St. Petersburg, which is considered a so-called troll factory and is held responsible for Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper wrote on Friday (local time).
“Right”, Trump answered in an interview with the newspaper when asked about the cyber attack. There had already been reports of this, but they had never been officially confirmed.
Cyber attack was successful
The “Internet Research Agency” also tried to manipulate the congress elections (midterms) in November 2018. “We ended that,” Trump said in the interview. According to information from the Washington Post, the US cyberattack was successful at the time: the troll factory operated by a Russian oligarch with good connections to the Kremlin had been disconnected from the network.
According to the US intelligence services, Russia interfered in the election campaign in 2016 in favor of Republican candidate Trump. Trump denies this. Republicans interpreted the intelligence of the secret services in such a way that Russia primarily wanted to create chaos and uncertainty, but did not support a specific candidate.
During the Russia investigation by special investigator Robert Mueller, it was later examined whether there were secret agreements between the Trump camp and Russia in the 2016 presidential election campaign – and whether Trump hindered the judiciary. Mueller found no evidence for the first point in his final report presented in March 2019, leaving the second open. At the same time, he emphasized that he was not exonerating Trump from the allegation of legal disability. Trump has always rejected the allegations and spoke of a “witch hunt”. (dpa)
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