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Russian Federation is aiming to interfere in U.S. midterm elections, warns Central Intelligence Agency chief

Russian Federation is aiming to interfere in U.S. midterm elections, warns Central Intelligence Agency chief”

A much bigger threat to USA society, which CIA Director Mike Pompeo says needs to be addressed, is China.

The US spy chief told the BBC countries could collectively do more to combat Chinese efforts to exert power over the West.

"Think about the scale of the two economies", Mr Pompeo told the BBC, referring to Russian Federation and China.

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

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The CIA chief who is a former hard-line Republican congressman also cited efforts by the Chinese to steal USA commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK. We see it throughout corporate America. 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".

But it also includes the way in which it uses its economic weight to influence American companies seeking access to its market.

"The Russians have been at this a long time, and I fully expect they'll continue to be at it", on the topic of Moscow's state-sponsored information campaigns.

"I wanted to send a clear message to Qasem Soleimani that there are American interests - there are Western interests, British interests and others - and an attack on those will be met with an equal response". However, he said he was confident that America would be able to have a free and fair election and would "push back" so that the "impact they have on our election won't be great".

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Pompeo stood by the report, even as Trump has said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin denials of such an effort.

Pompeo also referenced the security threat posed by North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un, predicting that Kim would be capable of targeting the United States with nuclear weapons "in a matter of a handful of months".

The U.S. intelligence community during the Obama administration concluded that Russian operatives - including hackers, propagandists and professional social media trolls - participated in a state-sponsored interference campaign targeting the 2016 White House race and particularly Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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