Russian Federation will try to target USA mid-term elections, says Central Intelligence Agency director
- Author: Ryan Wade Jan 31, 2018,
Jan 31, 2018, 8:45
In his remarks to almost 200 AEI members and guests, Director Pompeo highlighted his approach to leading the Agency and his strong belief that the CIA workforce should be positioned to execute our mission free from unnecessary obstacles and overbearing bureaucracy. "We see it in our schools".
During an interview on Tuesday, Pompeo said China is intent on stealing US secrets and has far more potential to do more damage due to the large scale of the country's economy.
Pompeo also told the that, despite some cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts, he views Russian Federation as an adversary, stressing that they are still trying to influence the USA and Europe.
"We deliver almost every day, personally, to the president the most exquisite truth we know from the Central Intelligence Agency", he said.
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Pompeo said on Monday that countries could work together to combat Chinese efforts to exert power over the United States and Western Europe.
"We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information and to infiltrate the USA with spies, with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America", he said.
Russian interference has been the focus of political debate in Washington with allegations of hacking and releasing information as well as using social media to sow division.
However, it also extended to the way in which China used its economic clout to strong-arm U.S. companies seeking access to its market.
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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.
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"He should be deeply aware that it is intolerable for the Iranians to take on American interests", he continued.
"I think that we collectively, the United States and our intelligence partners around the world, have developed a pretty clear understanding of (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un's capability", Mr Pompeo said. "He is curious in the sense he wants to understand why we believe them". "We are hopeful that their leaders will accept that proposition as well".
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