With a Hidden Hand, Russia Pushes Its Views in the West

From a New York Times story by Julian E. Barnes headlined “With a Hidden Hand, Russia Pushes Its Views in the West, Analysis Shows”:

Russia is intensifying its efforts to spread pro-Russia and anti-Ukraine messages in the United States and the West, using influence-laundering techniques to hide the efforts of its intelligence agencies to manipulate public opinion, according to a newly declassified American intelligence analysis.

Efforts by Russian intelligence agencies to shape public debate leading up to the 2016 U.S. election focused on methods designed to have short-term effects, like exacerbating tensions inside the United States through social media posts.