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Three top U.S. intelligence officials told a Senate panel on Tuesday that they have seen “Russian activities and intentions,” the aim of this in November, the midterm elections.

The officials — Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, and Director of NSA permissible Mike Rogers — not publicly describe the activity to say other than, it was in relation to information warfare. She said she would later, more details in a classified session on Tuesday.

The official also said that the information would be shared with the state and local governments, as well as state election workers.

Russian interference in the upcoming elections is part of its pursuit of the audacious cyber-operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, according to a new intelligence report about the global threats.

To examine “next year, the Russian intelligence and security services of the US, and allied critical infrastructures, as well as the United States, NATO and the allies for insights into the US policy,” the report said.

“In the year 2018, the US mid-term elections are a potential target for the Russian influence operations.”

“Russians stepped up their game with cyber-in particular, in 2016,” coats said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. He added that the prospect of interference in the intermediate or state elections was “very probably, because we do not see a let up in the efforts to do this.”

U.S. intelligence concluded in Moscow in 2016 presidential elections, which has led to handle in the year, the ongoing FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign connections. Russia denies the allegations and President Donald Trump has called the FBI probe as a witch hunt.

Tuesday, the report predicts that the Russian secret services will spread the dissemination of false information about the Russian, state-controlled media and fake online personas, anti-American views, and exacerbate social and political differences in the United States.

Pompeo has also expected said he, that Russia annexed in the November mid-term elections, in which Republicans and Democrats vie for control of the house and the Senate. “We will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust, the impact they have on our choice will not be large,” Pompeo recently told the BBC.

Last week, Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson in mixed, told Fox News that the United States is to see that “certain behavior of the Russian interference in the elections in the Northern hemisphere”, including “in the USA” this year.

Coats and other top intelligence officers were, to a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Tuesday to discuss its annual assessment of global threats to the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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