The Russians are getting ready for our 2019 elections.
Most viewers of my CoatesvilleDemsBlog are in Russia again.
What are the GRU’s capabilities?
"According to a Western assessment of GRU seen by Reuters, the GRU has a long-running program to run ‘illegal’ spies - those who work without diplomatic cover and who live under an assumed identity for years until orders from Moscow.
“It has a long-running program of ‘illegals’ reserved for the most sensitive or deniable tasks across the spectrum of GRU operations,” the assessment said.
The GRU is seen as a major Russian cyber player.
“It plays an increasingly important role in Russia’s development of Information Warfare (both defensive and offensive),” according to the Western assessment.
“It is an aggressive and well-funded organization which has the direct support of – and access to – [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, allowing freedom in its activities and leniency with regards to diplomatic and legislative scrutiny,” according to the assessment.
The GRU also has a considerable special forces unit. They are the elite of the Russian military.
'I don’t like rankings but the GRU is in the top levels of this business,' Onno Eichelsheim, director of the Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service, told Reuters. 'They are a very real threat.”
What is Russia's GRU military intelligence agency?