The FBI director says the office is investigating possible foreign influence in Floyd’s protests.

“We have certainly seen in the past a variety of foreign adversaries who seek to amplify the controversy in this country and use state media, use social media, some of that is through propaganda, some of that is through disinformation , which is only through false information, “Wray said in an interview with Fox News.

“And we are carefully looking at the possibility of foreign influence or foreign interference in all the protest activities (that) occurred in the past few weeks,” he said.

Thousands of Americans have taken to the streets in recent weeks after the death of Floyd and other African Americans to protest against police violence and what they say is systemic racism in law enforcement. As some of the protests turned violent and destructive, some authorities have made allegations of foreign influence.

“The violence that occurred during the protest in recent weeks is fueled by a variety of different motivations and ideologies, it is not all the work of any single ideological movement or group,” said Wray. “We certainly have a number of ongoing active investigations into violent anarchist extremists.”

The director added that some of the bureau’s investigations involve people who identify with Antifa, a far-left political organization.
Allegations of foreign influence that attempt to influence and fuel disruption in the United States have quickly followed the violence that arises from the protests.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien has pointed out that Chinese messages on social media gloat over the chaos. In an interview with ABC last month, he also recognized some Russian activists and mentioned Zimbabwe and Iran.

But the role and effectiveness of foreign actors is difficult to measure: some suggest that their role is additive, does not initiate any discomfort.