British intelligence agencies have found “credible” information indicating that Russian agents interfered in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, according to a report released Tuesday.
Report, released by the Intelligence and Security Committee, found “credible open source comments [suggests] that Russia carried out an influence campaign in connection with the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. ″ The vote ended with Scotland narrowly deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom.
MPs on the committee added that further investigation of possible efforts to influence the results of the 2016 UK vote to leave the European Union was needed.
“There has been no assessment of Russian interference in the EU referendum and this goes back to anyone who wants to touch the issue with a 10-foot pole,” said Stewart Hosie, member of Parliament for the Scottish National Party, according to Metro. “There should be an assessment of Russia’s interference in the EU referendum and now there must be one, and the public must be informed of the results of that assessment.”
The report then accused the British government across the political spectrum of allowing Russian oligarchs to launder money in Britain while they gained access to top political figures.
“Russia’s influence in the UK is a new normal,” the report reported. “Successive governments have welcomed oligarchs and their money with open weapons, giving them the means to recycle illicit finances through ‘laundromat,’ London, and connections at the highest level with access to British companies and political figures.”
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