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After a year of investigations and audits by the German intelligence services have not found clear evidence that Moscow is pursuing a campaign of misinformation against the government of Germany, learned the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Employees of the Federal intelligence service and Federal office for the protection of the Constitution of Germany according to the results of the investigation, which lasted about a year, stated that the evidence of Russian interference in the political processes in Germany, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
“We found no clear evidence” — said the newspaper’s sources in the governmental circles of Germany, speaking about the investigation on suspicion of Russian interference in the political process in Germany.
The interlocutor of the edition noted that the publication of a 50-page document with the results of the investigation impractical because of the evidence in it, and its appearance in the press just would complicate already tense relations with Russia.
However, in the office of the government noted that the study of facts related to the Russian influence will continue. The source noted that the Russian media in 2014 took a “confrontational course” for Germany. In particular was marked by RT and Sputnik, the orientation of which is characterized as “hostile.”
Amid the scandal, accusing Russia of meddling in the political processes in the United States have repeatedly published about the hostile actions of Moscow in Europe. In late January, the police security service (PSB) of Norway has accused Russia of involvement of intelligence services for tampering with the Nobel Committee. In particular, in Norway, believe that Russia tried to prevent the awarding of the Nobel peace prize to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in 2015.
In November 2016, the head of the Federal service for the protection of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maas said that in 2017 Russia may try to manipulate German public opinion in order to influence parliamentary elections. According to Maasen, there may be a story similar to the story of a girl Lisa that occurred in 2016. Then broadcast “First channel” was a plot, which focuses on 13-year-old Lisa allegedly abducted and raped by migrants with “middle Eastern appearance”. The information was later denied by Berlin police.
“This could happen again next year, and we are concerned about it,” said Maassen. According to him, the German authorities had the impression that the manipulation of the election on the part of Russia can become “part of hybrid threat, which aims to influence public opinion and decision-making process”.
Maassen said that the need to publicly expose any campaign in media like the story of the girl Lisa. “When people understand that information is not true, the lie loses its effectiveness,” said Maassen.
Informed about the attempts of Russia’s influence on public opinion is regularly reported to the security services of the Czech Republic and Poland. Moscow has consistently rejected the accusation of interference in the political processes in Europe and in the United States.