November 2, 2018  |  Updated January 2, 2019

Beware the Aftermath – The Threat of Foreign Interference Won’t End on Election Day

By Bret Schafer
Photo Credit: Barbara Kalbfleisch / Shutterstock

Government officials and tech titans could be excused for breathing a huge, collective sigh of relief if next week’s midterms come to pass without evidence of widespread foreign manipulation. But if recent U.S. elections are any indication, the threat of electoral interference will continue long after the last ballot is cast.

It may seem deeply counterintuitive for foreign actors to interfere in an election after it has taken place. However, if we consider the goal of information operations to be less about affecting the outcome of elections than shattering Americans’ confidence in the validity of election results, the tactic fits squarely into the Kremlin’s strategic goal of “undermining faith in democratic institutions.”

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