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Trump loyalists interfered to downplay Russia election threat – whistleblower - 2020-09-09

F345.png Trump loyalists interfered to downplay Russia election threat – whistleblower September 9, 2020, Julian Borger, The Guardian

Trump loyalists running the Department of Homeland Security manipulated intelligence reports to play down the threat of Russian election interference and white supremacists and exaggerate the threat of antifa and anarchist groups, according to the department's former top intelligence official.

The official, Brian Murphy, said he was demoted in August from his position running the department's office of intelligence and analysis because of his refusal to go along with the fabrication of intelligence to match Donald Trump's rhetoric, and for making formal complaints about the political pressure. He filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint on Tuesday.

Murphy was transferred to a DHS management position after his team was found to have collected information on reporters and protesters in Portland, Oregon. In his complaint, he claims the office "never knowingly or deliberately collected information on journalists, at least as far as Mr Murphy is aware or ever authorized", and he described the reporting as "significantly flawed".

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Julian | last = Borger | title = Trump loyalists interfered to downplay Russia election threat – whistleblower | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/09/trump-whistleblower-russia-election-threat | work = The Guardian | date = September 9, 2020 | accessdate = September 14, 2020 }}