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Chris Krebs on midterm elections security and state of American democracy

Chris Krebs joins Washington Post Live on Monday, Nov. 7. (Video: The Washington Post)

In the run-up to the midterm elections, officials are warning disinformation is on the rise and violent extremists are posing a heightened threat. The Post’s David Ignatius speaks with Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, about threats to the nation’s election infrastructure and the state of American democracy.

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“It’s a great fundraising mechanism for the former president and a number of political officials and candidates for office as well as elites and influencers. Which leads to the second reason why it persists because it’s a great clout chasing mechanism. I mean we continue to see sitting officials… push narratives and push themes and push lies about the election when they should know better.” – Chris Krebs (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think it’s a sad state of affairs and a bit of an indictment of Republican candidates right now where it’s become fashionable to be vague or ambiguous and not be able to commit to the will of the people when there is no evidence whatsoever that the government has been able to find… threats or risks to the process of administering elections.” – Chris Krebs (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Look, Elon owns the platform, he can do whatever he wants, but if he is going to make a radical change in the business model, in the operating model, you need to clearly communicate to the users and so we can reset the expectation around what was historically a marker of trust, now it’s just a marker of payment.” – Chris Krebs (Video: Washington Post Live)

Chris Krebs

Former Director, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Partner, Krebs Stamos Group