Glenn Greenwald: Interference from the national intelligence community is more dangerous than whatever Putin may be trying online

Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, said Monday that interference in the presidential election from the U.S. intelligence community is “more threatening” to the nation’s democracy than potential Russian interference. 

“It really is domestic intelligence interference in our election,” Greenwald said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

“It’s interference by the CIA and by homeland security and by related agencies in our domestic election, which is infinitely more threatening to our democracy than whatever mischief Russian agencies are primitively doing on Facebook and Twitter.”

Greenwald’s assessment was in response to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) acknowledging last week that he was briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections. 

Sanders said he was briefed after The Washington Post reported that Russia has sought to help Sanders’s presidential campaign. 

Greenwald said the “theme or narrative they’ve settled on” that Russia is looking to help Sanders to nominate the “weakest candidate” against President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE is “completely moronic.”

“It's so completely idiotic. The idea that he’s sitting in Moscow presiding over a very complicated country and analyzing the Democratic nomination and picking which candidate he wants to win,” Greenwald added. 

Sanders told reporters he was briefed on Russian interference efforts “about a month ago,” and speculated the news of the potential interference came out now because it was on the eve of the Nevada caucuses. Sanders went on to win the state’s caucuses. 

“Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrump considers a cameo role in Saudi-Russia oil price drama Washington fiddles in the Balkans while COVID flames engulf the world Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal MORE a good friend. He is an autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia," Sanders said. "Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election."

The New York Times also reported last week that House lawmakers were told by U.S. officials that Russia is also attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections to help Trump’s reelection campaign. 

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