The US may create an interdepartmental group on “revealing the secret influence” of Russia.
The US Congress has passed a bill on financing of the intelligence agencies in 2017, one of clauses of which provides creation of an interdepartmental group on “revealing the secret influence” of Russia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The document stresses the need to counter “active steps of Russia on ensuring of secret influence on people and governments” by “manipulating of media” and “funding of agents of influence.”
According to lawmakers, the interdepartmental group should include “representatives of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ministries of Justice, Finance, Energy, as well as of the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”
It is suggested that the group will annually provide progress reports to the Parliament.
According to the news agency, in the next year, the budget of the US intelligence will be just a bit more than $70 billion.
In the very near future, the bill will be reviewed by the Senate, and, if it is approved, it will be sent to the president for approval.