The counterintelligence report issued Friday by William Evanina, director of the National Center for Counterintelligence and Security (NCSC), reported the latest foreign interference in the U.S. election process.
It points to China, Russia, and Iran’s intentions as the main threats to transparency in the 2020 election campaign.
According to the report, both China and Iran would be unhappy with the re-election of President Donald Trump, while Russia would be trying to “denigrate” Democratic candidate Joe Biden. However, Evanina said, “it would be difficult for our adversaries to interfere with or manipulate voting results at scale.” adding that, “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. We are primarily concerned about the ongoing and potential activity by China, Russia, and Iran.”
Regarding China’s position, the report says Beijing calls President Trump “unpredictable” and prefers that he not be re-elected.
It also notes the increased tensions between nations in recent weeks following recent actions taken by the Trump administration, including the decision to ban the popular social networking application TikTok and efforts to counter China’s presence in the global 5G data network market.
“China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter-criticism of China … its public rhetoric over the past few months has grown increasingly critical of the current Administration’s COVID-19 (CCP Virus) response, closure of China’s Houston Consulate, and actions on other issues.” the report says
Million-dollar investment agreements signed by Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s youngest son, with Chinese companies could also support Beijing’s preferences. According to Breitbart News, in 2013, Hunter Biden’s investment firm secured a $1.5 billion investment agreement with the Bank of China just days after traveling with his father to visit China.
Concerning Iran, Evanina says that “Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections,” adding that “Tehran’s motivation to conduct such activities is, in part, driven by a perception that President Trump’s re-election would result in a continuation of U.S. pressure on Iran in an effort to foment regime change.”
On the other hand, the report says that “Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an “anti-Russia establishment.”
Among Russia’s actions noted by Evanina is the dissemination of allegations of corruption cases linking Joe Biden to Ukraine and dating back to his tenure as vice president during the Obama administration. His son Hunter was again involved. At the time, the current Democratic pre-candidate seems to have concealed corruption involving his son during his participation in the board of directors of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, using the U.S. government’s power.
“This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President, for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine, and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia.
For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption—including through publicizing leaked phone calls—to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television,” the report says.
At his Friday press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump was asked for his opinion about the intelligence report. He replied: “I think that the last person Russia wants to see in office is Donald Trump because nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have, ever.”
Regarding China’s position,” he said, “If Joe Biden were President, China would own our country.”
Concerning Iran, his statement was: “Iran would love to see me not be President … If and when we win, we will make deals with Iran very quickly.”