FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russian President Vladimir Putin has a view about what happened during the 2016 presidential election, but he’s got his own.
Wray said Wednesday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that his view has not changed and he stands behind the intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow meddled in the election. And he says Russia continues malign activities to sow discord in America.
He says Russia continues through fake news and propaganda to “spin up” Americans on either side of hot-button issues.
FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. Wray said July 18, 2018, that he stands behind the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow did intervene. And he says Russia continues to use fake news and propaganda to stir up divisiveness in American society. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
He also dismissed Putin’s proposal to have Russian authorities aid in the investigation into the 12 Russian military intelligence officials indicted recently in connection with the election interference.
Wray says Putin’s offer is “not high on our list of investigative techniques.”
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