A top USA counterintelligence official warned Friday that Russia, China and Iran are seeking to interfere in the 2020 USA presidential election, potentially through disinformation campaigns or disrupting voting processes.
The counterintelligence chief however added that it would be "difficult for our adversaries to interfere with or manipulate voting results at scale".
The release from Evanina does not say whether Iran is working for or against any candidate, but instead that it is working against "democratic institutions".
"We believe that China prefers that President Trump - seen as unpredictable by Beijing - does not win a second term".
The intelligence chief alleged that Iran was seeking to undermine US democratic institutions and to divide the country ahead of November 3.
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. "As long as they tell the whole story about Russian Federation, then they can hide it any way they want, but the American people need to know". Ron Johnson, who heads the Senate committee "investigating" Biden, denies that the committee is using "disinformation" supplied by pro-Russian Ukrainians and says it's "a flat-out lie" that the Central Intelligence Agency was asked to brief the committee.
Asked about the issue on Friday night, Donald Trump objected to the idea that only one of these countries actually wants re-election. A responsible President would then emphasize punitive measures for these attacks as part of a strategy to deter more of them. There is only one country that has a preferred candidate that they are willing to actually help, and the assessment is that Russian Federation is trying to help Donald Trump and to tear down Joe Biden.
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.
The assessment showed that Moscow considers Biden's politics to be part of the "anti-Russia" establishment, and that as vice president, Biden drew frequent criticism from Russia for his role in forming hard-line USA policy on Ukraine while vocally opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The statement Friday from William Evanina is believed to be the most pointed declaration by the USA intelligence community linking the Kremlin to efforts to get Trump reelected - a sensitive subject for a president who has rejected intelligence agency assessments that Russian Federation tried to help him in 2016.
Yang Jiechi, a top member of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and director of its Office of Foreign Affairs, criticized the state of U.S.
Meanwhile, Iran is similarly hoping to see Trump fail in the 2020 election, in part because of the pressure his administration has put on the country in hopes of a regime change, Evanina said.