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Expect Foreign Interference from Russia, China, and Iran in US Presidential Election

August 10, 2020, 10.20 PM

WASHINGTON/BEDMINSTER, – The top US Counterintelligence official on Friday warned that the United States can expect foreign interference from Russia, China, and Iran during the upcoming presidential election in November.

William Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center shared that Russia has already moved forward with attempts to undercut Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.

Russia, China, and Iran are turning to disinformation and other means to try to influence voters, spark disorder, and undermine American voters’ confidence in the democratic process, according to William.

Read also: Joe Biden Takes Staunch Approach against Foreign Interference in US Elections

President Donald Trump, asked at a news conference in New Jersey how he would respond to interference in the November 3 vote, said: "We're going to watch all of them, we have to be very careful."

He added that he believed Russia, China and Iran all wanted him to lose the election.

Foreign adversaries also may try to interfere with US election systems by trying to sabotage the voting process, stealing election data, or calling into question the validity of election results.

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

Trump repeated his refrain that the biggest risk to the integrity of the election was mail-in ballots.

"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.

Trump has been attacking the idea of voting by mail ever since a resurgence in coronavirus infections made it less likely that people will want to vote in person in November, saying despite research to the contrary that mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud.

Read also: Democrats and Republicans Unamused by Trump’s US Election Delay Plans

Multiple reviews by US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia acted to boost Trump's 2016 campaign and undercut his rival Hillary Clinton's chances in that election.

Trump has long bristled at that finding, which Russia denies.

Evanina warned on Friday that Russia is already going after former Vice President Biden and what it regards as an anti-Russia US "establishment".


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