- A CIA report has found that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably” personally involved in a Russian bid to smear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, sources told The Washington Post.
- The report singles out Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach, who has worked with Rudy Giuliani, as having played a key role in spreading Biden disinformation as a Russian agent, The Post said.
- Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russian attempts to subvert US democracy.
- This report marks the first time Putin has been identified by US intelligence as being potentially personally involved in the 2020 US election.
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A top-secret CIA report has found that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are likely personally conducting a campaign to smear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and influence the 2020 election, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported, citing two sources who have reviewed the intelligence.