Aug 08, 2020 08:13 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 29, 2020 14:45 Asia/Tehran]
  • China and Iran are against Trump and Russia is for him:US agencies
    China and Iran are against Trump and Russia is for him:US agencies

China and Iran are working to sway US voters against President Donald Trump while Russia is working against his rival, Joe Biden, intelligence agencies said Friday.

Iran PressAmerica: "Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer," National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said in a statement.

The statement provides the latest intelligence-community assessments of threats by foreign actors to disrupt and influence the election less than three months ahead of the vote.

At the top of the list is China, which sees Trump as 'unpredictable' and has been increasingly critical of the president on COVID-19, Hong Kong, and TikTok.

"Iran also sees a second Trump term as a threat for itself and will use online influence to spread disinformation about the election," Evanina claimed.

But the assessment says Russia, which worked on behalf of Trump and against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, sees Biden as part of an anti-Russia establishment and will use social media and television to denigrate his candidacy.

Evanina said that the intelligence community’s assessments were objective and non-political and that it was briefing both candidates and members of Congress about threats.

Meanwhile, A bipartisan United States Senate report released on 21 April 2020 confirms the US intelligence community's conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to sow chaos in favor of Trump. Senators warned that it could happen again this presidential election year.

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The intelligence agencies concluded in January 2017 that Russians had engaged in cyber-espionage and distributed messages through Russian-controlled propaganda outlets to undermine public faith in the electoral process, hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help President Donald Trump.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the assessment, which was also confirmed by former special counsel Robert Mueller in his report last year. Mueller concluded that Russian interference was 'sweeping and systematic', but he did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign.   207/205

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