An arresting development has come to light. As The Washington Examiner told:
Roughly three and a half years after Russian election interference left an indelible mark on the 2016 presidential contest, there is a growing sense of unease among top U.S. officials that the Chinese Communist Party seeks to disrupt the 2020 election.
National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina revealed that the U.S. intelligence community is most concerned about China, Russia, and Iran seeking to meddle in November’s election and FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly warned the Senate Intelligence Committee this week about the Chinese government’s growing ability to interference in U.S. elections.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed, “They certainly have the capability … The Chinese United Front is working here in the United States today, They’re meeting with state legislators, they’re meeting with governors, they’re running what one of the things that was taking place at Houston were influence operations conducted by their diplomats.”
Plus he added, “They not only have the capability but the intention of conducting influence operations in the United States, I think we’re a pretty resilient nation, and I’m confident that we’ll push back against that, but the world needs to understand when it’s happening here in the United States, it’s happening in their countries too.”
A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated, “Beijing has a proven capability to carry out cyberattacks and spread disinformation with a clear intent to influence our government policies and pressure policymakers, including members of Congress. China’s resources are far greater than those of Russia, and we must either confront these threats now or pay a devastating price later.”
Axios reported that Director Wray and other officials “warned about China’s increased capability to interfere in U.S. elections in separate classified hearings with the Senate Intelligence Committee this week.” Sources claimed that Wray “cited concerns that China is developing the ability to interfere with local election systems and target members of Congress to influence China policy.”
Evanina also announced, “China is expanding its influence efforts to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and counter criticism of China.” While pointing out, “Beijing recognizes its efforts might affect the presidential race.”
In addition, “Russia’s persistent objective is to weaken the United States and diminish our global role,” warning that “Russia continues to spread disinformation in the United States that is designed to undermine confidence in our democratic process and denigrate what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment’ in America.
As he warned, “Today, we see our adversaries seeking to compromise the private communications of U.S. political campaigns, candidates, and other political targets. Our adversaries also seek to compromise our election infrastructure, and we continue to monitor malicious cyberactors trying to gain access to U.S. state and federal networks, including those responsible for managing elections.”