US sees election threats from China, Russia and Iran

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump

China has boosted its efforts to influence the United States presidential election in November and wants President Donald Trump to lose because it sees him as "unpredictable", a top USA intelligence official said on Friday.

"It's much easier for them to forge ballots and send them in, it's much easier for them to cheat with universal mail-in ballots", he said, referring to foreign countries.

The statement from top counterintelligence official William Evanina revealed that Russian Federation is "using a range of measures" in order to "denigrate" Biden since they prefer if Trump would win reelection. It also links Moscow's disapproval of Biden to his role in shaping US policy supporting Ukraine and opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When asked how he would respond to any interference in the election, Trump said: "we're going to watch all of them, we have to be very careful".

While speaking to congress, she also revealed another player in the up I ng elections was Iran, saying the Islamic Republic aims to spread disinformation to divide the country and hurt the chances of Trump to remain in power.

The intel report, which highlighted Russia, Iran, and China, came from William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

"It's pretty clear that foreign governments want to disrupt our elections".

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Russian Federation has denied the allegations.

Moreover, Evanina warned on Friday that Russia is already going after former vice president Biden and what it regards as an anti-Russia US "establishment". Trump's rival, presumptive Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Mr.

However, Republicans argue that there is not clear evidence that foreign actors seeking to interfere in the 2020 race, prefer one candidate over the other.

Intelligence and law enforcement officials familiar with the briefings have expressed frustration that some lawmakers have sought to politicize the information. She urged intelligence agencies to "put more information out there" on the specific nature of the threats.

While Beijing recognizes these efforts might affect the election, it "will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action", the statement says.

Many officials who oversee United States election technology and outside security experts now worry less about hacking in the elections than about misinformation and logistics such as a shortage of poll workers and slowdowns at the USA postal service.

At the top of the list is China, which sees Trump as "unpredictable" and has been increasingly critical of the president on Covid-19, Hong Kong and TikTok.

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This latest intelligence assessment builds on previous statements that have, to varying degrees, flagged the threat from these three countries.

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

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, made the Russian Federation warning on Friday, and added China and Iran will also try to influence this year's vote.

Still, Democrats have continued to push for the administration to make more information available to the American public, something intelligence officials insist they plan to do in the near future but offered little indication regarding a timetable.

Putting China's rhetoric ahead of - or even on the same level - as Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns is irresponsible.

A statement issued by the director of U.S. counterintelligence said foreign states are using "covert and overt influence measures" to sway the vote.

Today's statement comes after one issued in July, when Evanina provided an overview of foreign threats to the US 2020 presidential election, saying that foreign adversaries were seeking to "compromise the private communications of USA political campaigns, candidates and other political targets".

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'Russia is actively, 24/7 interfering in our election, ' Pelosi told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

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