The top US counterintelligence official warned that Russia, China and Iran could interfere in the 2020 presidential elections, noting that Russia has already expressed attempts to overthrow Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
According to news reported by "Reuters", William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said the three countries were taking advantage of online misinformation and other means to try to influence voters, stir up disorder and undermine confidence. American voters in the democratic process.
The theory had already been considered by Donald Trump, who, a few weeks ago, during a press conference, said that the smart US forces "will be watching" and added that this time, Russia, China and Iran want he misses the elections.
Evanina also believes that foreign opponents may also try to interfere in the US electoral systems, trying to sabotage the voting process, steal electoral data or question the validity of the results. However, the director recalls that the task would be “difficult” to accomplish.
Evanina said that China has been expanding its influence efforts, prior to the November elections, to try to influence politics in the US, putting pressure on political figures that it considers adverse to the Beijing regime.
“While China continues to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action, its public rhetoric in recent months has become increasingly critical of the current US Government's response to the covid-19 pandemic, with the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, ”explained Evanina.
US intelligence experts estimate that, for its part, Moscow is working to "denigrate" the image of candidate Biden, as well as the organizations he considers to be "anti-Russia".
On Iran, intelligence services consider Tehran to seek to undermine US democratic institutions, including the Trump Presidency, and to divide the United States before the elections.
"Iran's efforts in this regard are likely to focus on 'online' influence, such as spreading disinformation on social media and spreading anti-US content," Evanina wrote in the statement.
"Tehran's motivation to conduct these activities is partly driven by a realization that President Trump's re-election will result in continued U.S. pressure on Iran in an effort to foster regime change."