Today (July 16), the British Foreign Secretary has claimed Russia unlawfully acquired sensitive documents and posted them to various social media platforms in an attempt to sway the 2019 election.
The claims go on to say Russia illicitly gained sensitive documents relating to a planned Free-Trade Agreement with the USA and by posting the sensitive documents on different social media platforms, Russia allegedly planned to cause public outrage and present the current party in a negative light.
The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, went on to say: “On the basis of extensive analysis, the government has concluded that it is almost certain that Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 general election through the online amplification of illicitly acquired and leaked government documents.”
Raab claimed he was issuing an update to the long-awaited Russia report days before its publication when Boris Johnson blocked it from release before the general election.
The Russians were believed to have obtained the documents through a government special adviser’s personal email account. The information was then posted on Reddit and a twitter user by the name “Gregoriator” tried to bring it to the attention of various celebrities and journalists.
“Sensitive government documents relating to the UK-US free trade agreement were illicitly acquired before the 2019 general election and disseminated online via the social media platform Reddit,” Raab said.
“When these gained no traction, further attempts were made to promote the illicitly acquired material online in the run-up to the general election.”
Raab added that a criminal investigation is currently ongoing.