Moscow is on a mission to meddle in the election, and it could continue even after Election Day, American officials warn. Officials tell the Washington Post that Russian intelligence services may try to create doubt about the legitimacy of the results, possibly faking evidence of vote-rigging if Donald Trump loses and refuses to accept the results. Insiders tell Reuters that the FBI and other agencies are already investigating forged documents apparently created to discredit Hillary Clinton's campaign. They include a faked document from a polling firm calling for Clinton to reverse her slide in the polls with "severe strategy chances" that include "staged civil unrest" and "radiological attack," a source says.
The Post's sources say officials fear there could be Russian interference on Election Day itself, and the Department of Homeland Security has already detected what appear to be Russian efforts to scan voter databases. "Whether they were really trying hard to get in, it's not clear," one official says. But analysts don't believe Russia will be able to actually change the result in America's highly decentralized system. "I think it's correct to say the Russians don't think they can dictate the outcome," says Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, though he believes the Russians will spend the next few days "looking through their troves of hacked documents and seeing what they can release." (Read more Election 2016 stories.)