Washington probes Moscow’s influence on European Parties


CIA Director John Brennan (C) and Director of the National Security Agency Mike Rogers (R) applaud as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (L) takes his seat after introducing US President Barack Obama at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the formation for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, at it's headquarters in McClean, Virginia, USA, 24 April 2015.

The question is framed in a Cold War fashion; but, distinguishing between genuine anti-systemic criticism and instrumental spying for the Kremlin will be a thin line to walk.

United States intelligence agencies have been given the mandate to investigate the funding channels between the Kremlin and anti-systemic parties in Europe. An intelligence authorization act passed by the U.S. Congress and the Senate instructs the National Director, James Clapper, to assess Russian clandestine funding operations over the last decade.

The mandate is already causing alarm. BBC reported on January 13th that Clapper’s phone was found tapped. Clapper is to assess whether party and...

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