Russia, China, Iran trying to meddle in 2020 election.
Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina Russia, China, Iran trying to meddle.
William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center has said Russia, China and Iran will try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election in the country.
In an unusual public statement, Evanina, said the three countries were using online disinformation and other means to try to influence voters, stir up disorder and undermine American voters’ confidence in the democratic process.
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.
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 Joe Biden and what it regards as an anti-Russia US “establishment.”
In a statement, the Biden campaign said Trump “publicly and repeatedly invited, emboldened, and even tried to coerce foreign interference in American elections