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 Dutch intelligence accused Russia of attempt to influence general election

According to the annual report of the Dutch intelligence service AIVD, Russia tried to influence last month’s general election in the Netherlands by spreading fake news.

Censor.NET reports citing Politico.

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Rob Bertholee, the head of AIVD, told local media that Moscow did not succeed in "substantially influencing" the election process.

"I think they have tried to push voters in the wrong direction by spreading news items that are not true, or partially true," Bertholee said, without mentioning specific examples.

According to the report, the threat from Russia to the Netherlands and Europe is higher than a year ago as Russia is "extremely active in espionage," not just during elections.

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"In its efforts to position itself as a superpower, Russia is not afraid of using Cold War methods to obtain political influence. Russia is using the freedom of open and democratic societies of the West [to do this]," the report says.
 
 
 
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