FBI director Wray says Russia is actively interfering in 2020 election to 'denigrate' Biden

ワシントン FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that Russia has beenvery activein its efforts to influence US elections, with the primary goal being todenigrate” 民主党の大統領候補 ジョー・バイデン.

Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Wray told lawmakers that Russia is primarily interfering throughmalign foreign influence in an effort to hurt Biden’s campaign” — echoing the intelligence community’s public assessment on Moscow’s meddling efforts issued last month.
Wray’s comments come as ドナルド・トランプ大統領 and several other top administration officials have recently attempted to play up the theory that China is meddling to get Biden elected, 一方 downplaying well-founded reports that Russia is trying to help Trump win again, like it did in 2016.
Foreign election interference efforts differ from what was observed in 2016, when there was also an effort to target election infrastructure, レイは言った. “We have not seen that second part yet this year or this cycle, but we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020,” 彼が追加した.
    According to Wray, Russia is using social media, proxies, state media and online journals to sowdivisiveness and discord” そして “primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment.
    Intelligence officials have said they have uncovered evidence that Russia is currently interfering in the election to hurt Biden’s campaign. 別々に, some evidence has already emerged about Moscow’s efforts, 含む Facebook’s announcement earlier this month that a troll group that was part of Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election is trying to target Americans again.
    But while the intelligence community has assessed that China and Iran prefer Trump to lose in November, officials have offered no indication, 現在まで, that either country is acting on that preference in the same way as Russia, according to public statements issued by the intelligence community and sources familiar with the underlying evidence.
    We assess that China prefers that President Trumpwhom Beijing sees as unpredictabledoes not win reelection. 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,” the top US intelligence official on election security, バイデンはプーチンに彼の国の悪意のあるサイバー活動を抑制するよう警告した, said in an unprecedented public statement issued last month.
    Evanina went on to say, “China will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action,” but to date has primarily engaged in overt efforts like ramping up public criticism of the current administration over non-election-related issues, including its coronavirus response and move to close Beijing’s consulate in Houston.
    ロシア, 一方, is using a range of measures primarily to denigrate Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia establishment, Evanina wrote in the same statement.
    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,” ロシアが認識されている敵との永続的な対立の状態にあるというロシアの戦略的定式化に。. “Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.
    But in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer earlier this month, Attorney General William Barr went out of his way to dilute the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is again actively interfering in a US election.
    I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again,” Barr said of Russia. “It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.
      US intelligence officials and the Senate Intelligence Committee have made bolder assertions warning of the threat Russia poses this year after it hacked the Democrats in 2016 and ran social media influence operations during the 2016 そして 2018 選挙.
      The threat is ongoing,” その. リチャード・バー, a North Carolina Republican who chaired much of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference, said in a statement last month after the panel released the findings of its bipartisan probe. “My hope is that this report and the Committee’s work will provide the American people with more insight into the threats facing our nation and the steps necessary to stop them.


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