FBI Foreign Influence
Foreign influence operations—which include covert actions by foreign governments to influence U.S. political sentiment or public discourse—are not a new problem. But the interconnectedness of the modern world, combined with the anonymity of the Internet, have changed the nature of the threat and how the FBI and its partners must address it. The goal of these foreign influence operations directed against the United States is to spread disinformation, sow discord, and, ultimately, undermine confidence in our democratic institutions and values.
Foreign influence operations have taken many forms and used many tactics over the years. Most widely reported these days are attempts by adversaries—hoping to reach a wide swath of Americans covertly from outside the United States—to use false personas and fabricated stories on social media platforms to discredit U.S. individuals and institutions.
Other influence operations by adversaries include:
- Targeting U.S. officials and other U.S. persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft
- Criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing
- Cyber attacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others
Craig Moringiello ASAC FBI Phoenix Field Office.
ASAC Moringiello entered on duty with the FBI in February, 2002. Upon graduation, he reported to the Los Angeles Division where he worked Counterterrorism investigations. In 2009, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he program-managed national Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence matters. In 2011, Mr. Moringiello transferred to the Washington Field office and was a case agent for espionage and media leak investigations. In 2013, he was detailed to the Central Intelligence Agency. In 2015, Mr. Moringiello returned to the Washington Field Office as the Supervisor of the Public Affairs and Community Outreach programs. In August 2016, Mr. Moringiello transferred to the Indianapolis Division and served as the Supervisor of the FBI's Counterintelligence Program and Crisis Negotiation Coordinator. In December 2019, Mr. Moringiello was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Phoenix Division and assumed oversight for all FBI Counterintelligence, Cyber and Technical programs in the State of Arizona.
Prior to becoming a Special Agent, Mr. Moringiello spent ten years as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, assigned to various commands including a P-3 Maritime Patrol Squadron, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the USS John C Stennis Aircraft Carrier Battle Group, and an Operational Test Squadron.
Mr. Moringiello received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. He also possesses a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
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