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Russian meddling in U.S. elections topic of Sunday’s talk

“Are we at war?”

This question was raised by Dennis M. Dalphino at Sunday afternoon’s CircleUp Middle Peninsula meeting at Gloucester Library, Main Street Center.

Dalphino, who spent most of his 32-year career in intelligence with the Defense Intelligence Agency, presented a program titled “Russian Interference on Elections: It’s more than Elections.”

Joe Schlatter, a retired U.S. Army officer who worked in numerous intelligence assignments focusing on China and East Asia, following service as an artillery officer in Vietnam, presented the second half of the program.

Dalphino provided some historical context. He opened with two quotes from an ancient Chinese philosopher that he said are applicable to today: “The best way to win the war is without a shot” and “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

In 1991, said Dalphino, Operation Desert Storm established the United States as the world’s only superpower...

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