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Russia isn’t the only threat to election security going into 2020, as Trump administration officials say they are preparing for meddling from Iran, China, and North Korea.
The federal government anticipates that Russia will again meddle in the U.S. election in 2020 through “Russian-controlled or influenced English-language media, false-flag operations, or sympathetic spokespersons,” a senior intelligence official said.
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China’s government finances English-language media outlets in the United States to influence U.S. perceptions on various issues, such as trade, the senior intelligence official told reporters during a briefing on election security.
“No surprise to you: Iran is increasing their use of social media to promote strategic goals and perspectives to the American public,” the official continued. “Its influence campaigns have included denigrating U.S. decisions to leave [the Iran nuclear deal], downplaying the effectiveness of sanctions, and promoting pro-Iranian interests.”
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Administration officials asked reporters that the conference participants’ names not be used.
North Korea is also in the mix, said a senior law enforcement official, who spoke of the FBI Foreign Influence Task Force set up in 2017 to combat the international meddling.
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“We’ve since expanded our scope to look at any nation-state actors involved in foreign influence, including China, Iran, and North Korea, among others,” the senior law enforcement official said.
Federal prosecutors determined that in 2016, Russian state actors hacked the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and some state voter rolls, and pushed fake narratives on social media to harm Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and to help her rival, Donald Trump.
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A 22-month investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller determined the Trump campaign did not conspire or collude with Russia.
Every presidential campaign has gotten or will get a briefing from officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI,...
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