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Ex-CIA operative says US has long meddled in elections, but it's OK since they are 'good cops'

Ex-CIA operative says US has long meddled in elections, but it's OK since they are 'good cops' | 18 Feb 2018 | As Russians are indicted over "election meddling," former CIA officers say the US has been interfering in foreign elections for decades and "hopefully" will keep doing so because it has the moral high ground. In an article published in the New York Times on Saturday, former CIA officers and several researchers, who have been studying covert US intelligence operations for years, say that the while methods allegedly used by Russians to meddle into the US elections might slightly differ from the old school CIA operations overseas, there is nothing in the allegations against Russians that Americans haven't done themselves. "If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all," retired CIA veteran Steven Hall told the NYT. Hall, who left his job as CIA Chief of Russian Operations in 2015 after 30 years of service, noted that the US has never shunned attempting to meddle in other countries' elections. Saying that the CIA had "absolutely" engaged in such operations in the past, Hall added that he hopes "we keep doing it."