Russian national charged with meddling in US elections

 Russian national charged with meddling in US elections

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A 44-year-old Russian national was charged as part of a conspiracy to disrupt the U.S. political system, including the looming midterm elections, federal authorities announced, 
starting in 2014 and through the upcoming November 6 midterms. 

The criminal charge says the Russians’ online manipulation effort focused on multiple political viewpoints and candidates, but frequently zeroed in on the Republican Party’s most well-known leaders. 

The USA FBI asserts that since at least 2014, a Russian effort known as “Project Lakhta,” has been engaging in election meddling in the U.S., Europe, and in Russia. 

There are dispute among the The Bill of Rights and The US conspiracy law: 

The Bill of Rights and freedom of speech are not limited to citizens of the United States, nor are they limited to those who may lawfully participate in the voting process. Anyone visiting the United States may speak freely … until now. 

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, in relevant part: 
Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech … or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

 U.S. conspiracy law states, in relevant part:

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

 Source:. Forbes , Jurist

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