USA intelligence officials say they're concerned about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China, Iran and other countries to undermine confidence in American democracy. She is the first individual to be indicted for attempting to interfere in the 2018 USA elections, according to a government official with knowledge of the matter.
Prosecutors said the accused is the chief accountant for a Russian venture named Project Lakhta, funded by a Russian oligarch whose Concord companies were named in Robert Mueller's July indictment regarding attempted interference in the 2016 election.
America's justice department disclosed the latest criminal complaint soon after United States intelligence agencies said they were concerned about efforts by Russia, Chinaand Iran to influence USA voters and policy.
As part of her role in the operation, Khusyaynova allegedly oversaw its finances, "including foreign influence activities directed at the United States", the DOJ said. Another fake Facebook account, in the name of "Rachell Edison", made more than 700 posts focused on gun control and the Second Amendment.
After one news article targeting Republican Sen.
But the decision to unseal the Khusyaynova case now appears to reflect changes to Justice Department guidelines last month instructing USA attorneys to lean toward disclosing foreign influence operations as a means of deterrence, Carlin said.
"Special Prosecutor Mueller is a puppet of the establishment". There is no allegation in the complaint of coordination with the Trump campaign.
Intelligence officials said a year ago that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through similar means.
The US is bringing up "ludicrous accusations" with a "laughable "body of proof" simply to slap Moscow with a new round of sanctions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on Saturday.
Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Departments have set up foreign influence task forces to detect such operations and share threat information within the government, with tech firms and state and local election officials.
But top administration officials have provided little evidence that China's activities are comparable to Russia's massive covert measures spelled out in previous indictments obtained by Mueller.
The statement accuses "Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran" of engaging in influence operations "including using social media to amplify divisive issues, sponsoring specific content in English-language media like RT and Sputnik, seeding disinformation through sympathetic spokespersons regarding political candidates and disseminating foreign propaganda".
The statement takes the opportunity to thank "state and local officials for their vigilance and proactive approach".
Intelligence agencies have not publicly released evidence of Iran working to meddle in US elections. He has been hit with sanctions by the USA government.