NCSC director: Intel indicates that China wants Biden to win 2020 election

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 8th, 2020 1:22 pm
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Last Updated Aug 10th, 2020 at 2:22 pm

According to a new intelligence assessment, the Communist Chinese Party wants presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to win the 2020 election in November.

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, issued a statement on Friday confirming that China "prefers that President Trump does not win reelection."

"China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China's interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China," Evanina's statement reads. "Although China will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action, its public rhetoric over the past few months has grown increasingly critical of the current Administration's COVID-19 response... and actions on other issues."

In regard to Russia, intelligence officials reported that the country is "using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden."

"This is consistent with Moscow's public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration's policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia," Evanina wrote. "Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump's candidacy on social media and Russian television."

Evanina's report also indicated that Iran is seeking to "undermine U.S. democratic institutions" and to "divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections."

Iran will focus its energy on spreading disinformation on social media and circulating "anti-U.S. content" online.

"Tehran's motivation to conduct such activities is, in part, driven by a perception that President Trump's reelection would result in a continuation of U.S. pressure on Iran in an effort to foment regime change," Evanina added.

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign's communications director, said he isn't at all surprised with NCSC director's assessment.

"The intelligence community's assessment that both China and Iran are trying to stop President Trump's reelection is concerning," Murtaugh said, "but clearly because he has held them accountable after years of coddling by politicians like Joe Biden."

The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment.


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