FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia “continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.”
Speaking with Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, Wray said the operations were ”very active” and “aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness in this country.”
Wray said that the intelligence community has not observed an effort by Russia to target specific election infrastructure as they did in 2016, but “we could just be a moment away from it going to the next level.”
“To me it’s a threat that we need to take extremely seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus,” Wray said.
Wray told Lester Hold that his view “has not changed” on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
“The intelligence community‘s assessment has not changed, my view has not changed which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election,” Wray said.
Wray said he did not watch Putin’s remarks in Helsinki earlier this week live because he was meeting with “some of our closest foreign partners in the intelligence community.”