There are several countries, right now, that are trying to influence the upcoming general election.
According to Attorney General William Barr, among these countries, China has been the most aggressive, Breitbart reports.
No surprise here
The attorney general’s comments came during an appearance Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room” with host Wolf Blitzer. One of the topics discussed was foreign election interference.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre of before,” Barr said. “I mean, this — influence basically is two kinds of things.”
The first kind is what Barr called a “hack and dump” where “you get into someone’s mail system and then try to disclose embarrassing documents.” The other kind of inference, according to Barr, takes place via social media. Barr said that “it wouldn’t surprise” him if Russia, or any other country, tries the hack and dump method.
Blitzer followed this up by asking Barr who he thought was the country “most assertive, the most aggressive” in terms of trying to influence the 2020 election.
“I believe it’s China,” Barr said. “China more than Russia right now?” Blitzer asked, to which Barr responded, “Yes.”
The three biggest threats
In early August, the U.S. intelligence community warned that China, Russia, and Iran are all seeking to interfere in the 2020 election, albeit in different ways.
“Ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives, shift U.S. policies, increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process,” said Bill Evanina, the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
Evanina considered the threats from China, Russia, and Iran separately. He said that China will be looking to help Biden win, that Russia “is is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden,” and that Iran is seeking to “Divide the country” and to “undermine” democratic institutions and President Donald Trump.
Evanina, at the time, did not really state which of the three countries was most aggressively attempting to interfere, contrary to the reporting of so-called fact-checkers who claim that Barr’s recent statement does “not line up” with Evanina’s.
Given the Trump administration’s hard-nosed China foreign policy, something the communist country hasn’t seen in some time from America, it really isn’t that surprising that China would be doing anything and everything it could to make sure that Trump doesn’t get another four years this November.