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 SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 PutinThe tragedy of Trump's foreign policy Steele's dossier: 'Clown show' or the greatest Russian coup? US 'deeply troubled' by escalating conflict in Libya 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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