Russia engaged in an anti-fracking campaign to hurt the U.S. energy industry, which has become a huge competitor for Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday.
The U.S. intelligence community showed that the Russian government made extensive use of its government-controlled media, primarily the cable news channel RT, to broadcast "support for other Russian interests in areas such as foreign and energy policy."
The report showed that RT ran "anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health," which is "likely reflective of the Russian government's concern about the impact of fracking and U.S. natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom's profitability."
The programming has ran over the past few years, where it interviewed U.S. environmental activists to support the idea that fracking was dangerous and should be avoided. At that time, a number of environmental groups were engaged in a protracted campaign urging the next president to ban fracking.
The discussion of RT's anti-fracking campaign was contained the the report's annex section of supporting information.