US Intelligence Official Warns Of Foreign Interference In US Elections

US Intelligence Official Warns Of Foreign Interference In US Elections”

China, Russia and Iran are looking to disrupt the USA electoral process before November's vote, including attempts at compromising the private communications of political campaigns and candidates, a top US intelligence official warned.

The US National Center for Counterintelligence and Security has formally accused Russia, China, and Iran of efforts to undermine the 2020 elections. "Beijing recognizes its efforts might affect the presidential race".

Meanwhile, Russia's objective continues to be to weaken the USA and diminish its global role; Evanina said Russia continues to spread disinformation in the US, using internet trolls and other proxies, created to undermine confidence in the democratic process. The strategy is a repeat of Moscow's alleged social media influence campaign during the 2016 election.

"Russia's persistent objective is to weaken the United States and diminish our global role".

Iran is also spreading disinformation online and via social media in an attempt to "undermine USA democratic institutions and divide the country in advance of the elections", he added.

The US presidential election will take place on November 3.

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With just 100 days left with the Presidential Election, this claim on foreign interference came as a thing of concern for the entire nation.

Evanina said the US intelligence community would continue to watch for "malicious cyber actors" and touted the robust security of state election systems in the USA that make it "extraordinarily hard for foreign adversaries to broadly disrupt or change vote tallies without detection".

The American electoral system is uniquely resilient to foreign interference, due in part to the diverse systems employed by each state.

In January 2017, three intelligence agencies assessed that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential 2016 election with the goal of hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. "However, the diversity of election systems among the states, multiple checks and redundancies in those systems, and post-election auditing all make it extraordinarily hard for foreign adversaries to broadly disrupt or change vote tallies without detection".

However, Evanina said United States spy agencies now see foreign adversaries trying to compromise U.S. political campaigns and candidates, as well as elections infrastructure.

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