A former Central Bureau of Investigation (CIA) operative has confirmed the U.S agency has been meddling in the elections and internal political affairs of other countries since its inception in 1947.
“The United States absolutely has carried out such election influence operations historically,” said Steven L. Hall, a CIA operative who retired from the U.S. agency in 2015 after 30 years of service, the New York Times reported. “I hope we keep doing it:” Halls revealed the information while discussing alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections.
“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” Hall said, further justifying U.S. meddling. “We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the CIA was created in 1947,” Loch K. Johnson, another intelligence official, told the New York Times. “We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash,” Johnson added.