Canada — like any number of democracies around the world — needs to be concerned about the threat of Russian interference in its elections, says former FBI director James Comey. Any country that shares liberal, democratic and western values should be worried, considering how much of a threat those values are considered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the world’s most famous former investigators told an Ottawa audience Tuesday. Comey headed up the controversial investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election before he was unceremoniously fired last May by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Speaking to a luncheon crowd at the Canada 2020 think tank’s annual conference in the national capital, Comey said it’s important for westerners to understand Russia’s role in the last U.S. election because “they will do it again.”
“[Russia] succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in the United States,” he said.
“This active measures campaign to undermine worldwide faith in our democracy—not just faith in the United States—was sophisticated, broad-based and one could argue hugely successful.”