BND: No evidence of disinformation campaign by Putin
German intelligence agencies have not found any clear evidence for a Russian disinformation campaign against the federal government, but still do not give an all-clear. This is according to information from the Süddeutsche Zeitung , NDR and WDR the result of almost a year of investigation by the Federal Intelligence Service ( BND ) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).Original reflections, which have been classified as secret curses, were at least partially published.
“We have not found a smoking gun,” the government said, trying to find a striking evidence of Russia’s political interference. Such a document would have been presented by the government to warn Russia about this type of action. “We would have liked to draw the yellow card,” says a security expert. However, given the lack of evidence, it would not make sense to publish the 50-page intelligence paper. This would have put a further strain on the already tense relationship with Russia.
However, the Chancellor’s Office ordered the investigation to be further investigated. Because of the in 13 subdivided chapter Report of the Special Evaluation “Sputnik” of the BfV and the working group “Psychological Operations” of the BND is the view of the Government no acquittal. It analyzes the since 2014 “confrontational course” Russia against Germany and is called the coverage of Russian media and their German branch such as RT or German Sputnik News downright “hostile”.
Following a year-long inquiry, German intelligence agencies have found no reliable evidence of a Russian “disinformation campaign” against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, according to media citing cabinet and security sources.
The German intelligence service (BND) and the counterintelligence agency (BfV) had been searching for evidence of Russian interference in the country’s domestic affairs for nearly a year, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.
“We have not found any smoking gun,” a cabinet source told the paper.
The inquiry was similar to the US intelligence community’s efforts to attribute the notorious 2016 Democratic National Convention email leak to Russian ‘hacking groups.’
well thats not very convenient..who can angela blame when shes kicked out?
“We have not found any smoking gun,” a cabinet source told the paper.”