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    Targeted Propaganda and Cyberattacks Pose Threat to 2017 Elections - German MP

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    Targeted propaganda and cyberattacks are the main threats to the 2017 elections in Germany, head of the country's Social Democratic Party faction in Bundestag Tomas Oppermann said Monday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — In December 2016, reports emerged that the German government feared potential influence on the 2017 parliamentary elections from Russia after the CIA had accused Russia of being behind cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer systems in an attempt to influence the November US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

    "Targeted propaganda and cyberattacks from abroad will pose a great threat to the electoral campaign in Germany," Oppermann told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

    Russian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them absurd and characterizing them as an attempt to divert US public opinion from revelations of corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.

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