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CIA Chief says China ‘as big a threat to US’

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

CIA says Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as worrying as Russian subversion. CIA Chief Mike Pompeo said that the Chinese “have a much bigger footprint” to carry out such covert activities than the Russians. Pompeo also said he believes Russia will target the 2018 US mid-term elections…..reports Asian Lite News

Mike Pompeo

Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as worrying as Russian subversion, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said.

Mike Pompeo told the BBC that the Chinese “have a much bigger footprint” to carry out such covert activities than the Russians.

The US intelligence community accuses Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Pompeo said he believes Russia will target the 2018 US mid-term elections.

“I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that but I’m confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election (and) we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”

Talking about China, Pompeo said: “The Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do.

“China’s reach ranged from traditional espionage (human and cyber).” Pompeo also accused Beijing of influencing American companies seeking access to its market, the BBC report said on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee was arrested on charges of retaining classified information in a case thought to be connected to the dismantling of the agency’s spy operations in China.

In the two years before Jerry’s arrest, some 20 informants had been killed or jailed.

The US spy chief said “countries could collectively do more to combat Chinese efforts to exert power over the West”.

“We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information, to infiltrate the US with spies — with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America,” he said.

Pompeo said that even though there has been co-operation in counter-terrorism efforts between Washington and Russia, he still saw Moscow primarily as an “adversary”.

“I haven’t seen a significant decrease in their activity,” he said.

He also said North Korea may have the ability to strike the US with nuclear missiles “in a handful of months”.

Pompeo also expects that Russia will target the US mid-term elections later this year. He said there had been no significant diminishing of Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the US.

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Mike Pompeo said he had seen no significant decrease in Russian interference since President Trump took office, despite intense scrutiny from politicians and the intelligence agencies.

A year into the job, Pompeo said his mission has been to unleash and unburden the CIA, whose intelligence assessments “can be the basis not just for military action, but also political controversy”, the report said on Tuesday.

Even though there has been co-operation in counter-terrorism between the two (with the CIA helping stop a plot in St. Petersburg in 2017), Pompeo said he still saw Russia primarily as an adversary.

Sharing the concerns in many European countries about Moscow’s subversion, the CIA chief said: “I haven’t seen a significant decrease in their activity.”

Asked if his concerns extended to the upcoming US mid-term elections in November, Pompeo told said: “Of course. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that.”

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”.

He also said North Korea may have the ability to strike the US with nuclear missiles “in a handful of months”.

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