8 August 2020 at 11:20 AM EDT
Experts warn Russia is interfering in the 2020 election
Russia is “using a series of measures” to interfere in the 2020 election and has enlisted a pro-Russian legislator from Ukraine – who has met President Trump’s private lawyer – “to undermine the former vice president [Joe] Biden and Democrat candidate, ”a top US intelligence official said in a statement on Friday.
The remarks by William Evanina, director of the Center for Counterintelligence and National Security, were among the most detailed to date on foreign meddling in the presidential race and came after the words. previously quoted from Democratic lawmakers that Evanina did not share with the public some of the alarming intelligence he gave them during secret meetings.
Evanina also said that the Chinese government does not want Trump to win re-election in November, considering the incumbent “unpredictable”
;. Evanina describes China’s efforts so far as largely rhetoric and aims to shape policy and criticize the Trump administration for actions Beijing considers harmful to its long-term strategic interests. surname.
On the contrary, Evanina described Russia as actively participating in efforts reminiscent of the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the results of the 2016 election. Evanina said: “We assess that Russia is using it. a series of measures to smear the former vice president Biden and what the country sees as anti-Russia bases.
By Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima and Josh Dawsey