Russia, China and Iran to interfere in upcoming US presidential elections - US counterintelligence

Source : 112 Ukraine

US presidential election scheduled for November 3
17:09, 8 August 2020


Russia, China and Iran will interfere in the upcoming presidential elections in the United States of America. US intelligence is concerned about the current and potential activities of these countries. This was stated by the Director of the US National Center for Counterintelligence and Security William Evanina, reports AP.

According to American intelligence, China wants the "unpredictable" Donald Trump to lose the election, Russia is trying to blacken Democrat Joe Biden, and Iran is seeking to undermine democratic institutions.

Evanina also voiced the latest assessment of the American intelligence services regarding the threats to the upcoming presidential elections.

"Many foreign players have a preference for who wins the elections, which they express through a series of open and private statements; attempts to secretly influence elections are less common. We are primarily concerned about the current and potential activities of China, Russia and Iran," the director of American intelligence said.

The US presidential elections are scheduled for November 3. Top candidates are Donald Trump and former US Vice President Joe Biden.

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Earlier U.S. Senate has upheld the draft defense budget that includes sanctions against the Russian Federation. This is mentioned in a message on the website of the U.S. Congress.

Senators of the Congress have approved their version of the national defense budget for fiscal year 2021, which kicks off on October 1. In this particular version, strategic competitiveness with Russia is of priority importance.

86 senators voted 'yes', while 14 denied the bill.

In particular, the said restrictions concern companies and individuals involved in the construction of Nord Stream II.

The sanctions are applied to all construction works and the companies that provide underrating and insurance services for the vessels that participate in the works. The restrictions also concern companies that provide services for technologies upgrade.

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