Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn

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Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, testified during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON — As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media — many of them run by bots — to sow further political and social divisions in the United States, American intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday.

The intelligence officials offered their caution during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats, and said that Russia believes its interference…

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