Greenwald: CIA ‘interference’ in 2020 election will be worse than ‘Russian mischief’

(USA Features) The founding co-editor of an online investigative journalism outlet said Monday during an interview with The Hill that he believes the CIA is going to meddle more in the 2020 elections than Russia.

Appearing on The Hill’s “Rising” program, journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept said that the U.S. intelligence community’s “interference” in the 2020 presidential election will create far more “mischief” than anything Moscow attempts.

“On the one hand, I think it’s completely moronic the idea that the theme or narrative they’ve settled on is not necessarily they say generously that Vladimir Putin wants Bernie Sanders to be president, he simply wants to nominate the weakest candidate he can find so that Donald Trump has the best chance of winning re-election as though he’s some kind of Russia Nate Silver sitting around of graphs of districts or something,” Greenwald said, regarding reports earlier this week that the Russian president preferred Sanders to Trump.

But that assessment came from the same U.S. intelligence community that claimed Trump was “colluding” with Russia in 2016 to win the election, a claim that turned out to be wrong, according to an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“It’s so completely idiotic, the idea that he’s sitting in Moscow presiding over a very complicated country and analyzing the Democratic nomination and picking which candidate he wants to win,” Greenwald told The Hill’s Krystal Ball.

“What makes it even worse is it’s all being done through the now standard, very familiar anonymous leaks from the intelligence community that’s unaccompanied either by evidence or any specificity about what this supposed support entails,” he continued.

“It really is domestic intelligence interference in our election. It’s interference by the CIA and by homeland security and by related agencies in our domestic election, which is infinitely more threatening to our democracy than whatever mischief Russian agencies are primitively doing on Facebook and Twitter,” Greenwald added.

Last week The New York Times, citing intelligence sources, initially reported that the IC estimated that Putin was backing Trump in 2020, but that initial report was soundly refuted within hours by a subsequent estimation that Sanders was the preferred candidate of Moscow.

Both claims are as yet unsubstantiated.

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