Central Intelligence Agency boss: 'I have every expectation' Russian Federation will meddle in 2018 midterms


The Director the CIA Mike Pompeo has said he expects attempted Russian interference in this year's United States mid-term elections.

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

"Think about the scale of the two economies", Pompeo said on Russian Federation and China.

When asked whether he feels like he has to walk a fine line due to President Donald Trump's repeated refusal to accept the findings of the intelligence community in regard to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Pompeo said, "I don't do fine lines". 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".

Mr Pompeo added: "These efforts we have to all be more focused on".

China's reach, the Central Intelligence Agency director says, ranges from traditional espionage (human and cyber) through allegations it has used stolen intellectual property to helps its businesses. He said the nations could launch a collective mission to combat China's efforts to increase influence over the West. Pompeo said the efforts at stealing information, infiltrating the schools, government and medical facilities by the Chinese can be seen not only in the United States but also in Europe and the United Kingdom.

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

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

It emerged previous year that he had written to Qasem Soleimani - the leader of the Quds force, part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards - to warn him that any attacks on USA interests would not go unpunished.

Nevertheless, he said he's confident that the 2018 midterms will remain free and fair.

"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.

The case involving Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised USA citizen, is believed to be related to the dismantling of the U.S. network of informants in China over two years before his arrest, with some 20 agents killed or arrested.