United States shares info on election interference tied to Russia, China, Iran

U.S. Intelligence Warns China Opposes Trump Reelection, Russia Works Against Biden

United States shares info on election interference tied to Russia, China, Iran

"Between China and Russian Federation, only one of those two is trying to actively influence the outcome of 2020 election, full stop", said a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.

USA officials have also said there were multiple foreign hacker efforts to penetrate voting systems in the 2018 congressional elections in what appeared to be a test run for 2020.

He said: "We have long said Russian Federation and other nation-states are targeting our elections".

Evanina said China views Trump as "unpredictable" and does not want to see him win reelection. The Kremlin has consistently denied these allegations.

But they also criticised him for naming Iran and China "as equal threats to our democratic elections". He even suggested that the vote be delayed to prevent "the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history", prompting a backlash even among members of his own party.

"We believe more of the information that was made available in these briefings can, and at the appropriate time should, be shared with the voting public, and we encourage the intelligence community to do so in a manner that protects the sources and methods used to collect such information", Rubio and Warner said.

The Republican president Mr Trump is seeking to win a second term in office.

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"We don't need or want foreign interference, and President Trump will beat Joe Biden fair and square", Murtaugh added.

What does the statement say?

"Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer", said Evanina, as he provided the most recent assessment of threats to the USA election.

Foreign countries are trying to sway voter preferences, change U.S. policies, "increase discord" in the country "and undermine the American people's confidence in our democratic process", Mr Evanina said.

"It would be hard for our adversaries to interfere with or manipulate voting results at scale", Evanina insisted.

Asked about the intelligence assessment at a news conference Friday evening in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump seemed to disagree with the intelligence assessment that Russian Federation was trying to denigrate Biden.

Evanina said that USA intelligence assessments have showed that Beijing is hoping that Trump loses his bid for reelection, Moscow is working to weaken Democrat Joe Biden, and Tehran is looking to undermine democratic institutions.

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As Evanina said, Russian actors are acting as part of what United States intelligence sees as a concerted effort on both Russian television and media to support President Trump's candidacy in 2020.

Evanina had drawn sharp criticism from Democrats, who said that he needed to be more forthcoming with the public about threats that he laid out in classified meetings.

"The steps we have taken thus far to inform the public and other stakeholders on election threats are unprecedented for the IC [Intelligence community]".

"Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer", he said in a statement.

"Beijing recognises that all of these efforts might affect the presidential race", Mr Evanina said.

A number of people on Mr Trump's campaign have been jailed due to a variety of charges linked to Mr Mueller's investigation.

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