Liz Wahl, a former Russia Today anchor, claimed on CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal with both his state run media, including Russia Today, and hacking of foreign institutions is to sow disinformation and undermine democratic legitimacy internationally. Wahl famously quit her job live on-air over RT’s coverage of Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea.
“I mean, this is the main goal of Russian disinformation and now they’ve succeeded. Whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls,” Wahl continued. “That is the ultimate goal to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions like the media.”
Wahl connected Trump to Russian rhetoric, insisting thatTrump "basically matched some of these key talking points and Russian propaganda to undermine our system.”
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“Russian disinformation has been taking place for years now, but people didn’t take it seriously. I mean the goal of Russian media is to undermine faith in our institutions and now they’ve succeeded in hacking our elections,” she continued. “This should have been the biggest election story. And here we are now, there were plenty of whistle-blowers and Russia watchers that knew exactly what was happening. Now here we are after the fact when the damage is done.”