One need only look at the "independent" intelligence experts who contributed to the report to understand its intent.
The UK government rejected the committee's call for a full assessment by intelligence agencies of potential Russian meddling in the 2016 referendum, saying it had "seen no evidence of successful interference".
Whether deliberate or deficient, the Intelligence and Security Committee's very long-awaited report outlines gaping holes in the UK's handling of the threat from Russian Federation. "That, I think, comes through very loud and clear in our report".
Every British daily covering the report repeats pretty much the same line, that having failed to act on Russian threats, Johnson should now join the offensive against Russia, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been barking orders to him on how he should deal with China, a message he repeated again today in his visit to London.
"We do not interfere at all", he told the BBC. Well, in a nutshell, we found no one is.
MPs claimed the Intelligence and Security Committee's (ISC) inquiry cast doubt on the 2016 referendum result.
The question is who is protecting the British public from interference in our democratic process?
"Nobody wanted to touch this issue with a 10-foot pole", said committee member Stewart Hosie of the Scottish National Party.
"I'm not saying these people are serving Russian interests at the expense of British ones, I'm saying the report identifies the fact that there are a lot of people that have some divided loyalties on some issues they really ought to be anxious about". Johnson helped lead the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and has made delivering Brexit his primary goal since he became prime minister last July.Читайте также: Jordan Henderson voted FWA Footballer of the Year
"If it was at all surprising, it was in lifting the suspicion on Russia for Brexit", said Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia's Federation Council, a lawmaking body, in written remarks on Tuesday. This is all the more incredible given that President Donald Trump has just called for his extradition and trial for Steele's role in the attempted coup against the government of the U.S. During a joint news conference, Raab took issue with the report's findings.
The report went on to say that the Government was "slow to recognise the existence of the threat".
But it may prove hard for Johnson to avoid a further inquiry because the committee's recommendation is non-partisan and has the weight of Parliament behind it, according to Nigel Gould-Davies, senior fellow for Russian Federation and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Aided by the UK's 1994 investor visa scheme, Russian money poured into charities and cultural and political institutions with "few questions - if any - asked about the provenance of this considerable wealth".
The report was drafted by the ISC's members in the last parliament.
The delays provoked widespread controversy and even claims of a cover-up from lawmakers, including some who were sitting on the Intelligence and Security Committee at the time. "Successive governments have welcomed the oligarchs and their money with open arms, providing them with a means of recycling illicit finance through the London "laundromat", and connections at the highest levels with access to United Kingdom companies and political figures", the committee said in a press release accompanying the report.
"It was all a hoax - apologies are now required", wrote the Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, saying the report showed "no evidence of Russian involvement with leave.eu or me in the referendum".
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