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Russians will target USA polls, Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo warns

31 January 2018, 08:43 | Katrina Lee

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo has said Russian Federation would target U.S. mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin's attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and also warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling.

Why is CIA Chief Mike Pompeo concerned about the Chinese influence on the West?

"We see it in our schools, in our hospitals and medical systems".

Mr. Pompeo then noted "think about the scale of the two economies, the Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do".

Pompeo stood by the report, even as Trump has said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin denials of such an effort. In addition, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that "also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, and fake news".

He observed: "We deliver almost every day personally to the president the most exquisite truth that we know from the Central Intelligence Agency".

The US spy chief said that the global community could collectively do more to combat Chinese efforts to exert power over the West.

Pompeo further informed that that the Chinese "have a much bigger footprint" than the Russians do, as an example he quoted the efforts to steal United States commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals.

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But officials did not know at the time whether to blame a mole or data hack.

"We're going to work on those complicated problem sets and push back against the Iranians everyplace we can", he told the BBC.

However, it also extended to the way in which China used its economic clout to strong-arm USA companies seeking access to its market.

"We are confident that the Iranian people will understand that. We deliver almost every day personally to the president the most exquisite truth that we know from the CIA", Pompeo said.

Mike Pompeo at AEI (Image courtesy of American Enterprise Institute)One way he's been able to achieve this goal is by encouraging decisions be made by the experts.

He also repeated his message that North Korea is close to developing missiles that could be used in a nuclear attack on the US.

It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.

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