William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said officials were also concerned about “the ongoing and potential activity China and Iran“In relation to the election.
He accused the Kremlin of conspiring against Mr. Bidenthe candidacy of the White House, while Beijing and Tehran would like Donald Trump voted out of office.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Evanina said officials believed Moscow works to “denigrate” Mr. Biden, who, according to national polls, is in pole position elected in november.
“Many foreign actors have a preference for the winner of the election, which they express through a series of open and private statements, covert influence efforts are rarer,” he said.
“We are primarily concerned with the current and potential activity of China, Russia and Iran. ”
Mr Evanina added: “We believe that Russia is using a series of measures to mainly denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it considers an anti-Russian ‘establishment’.
“This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was vice president for his role in the Obama administration policies on Ukraine and its support for anti-Putin opposition within Russia. ”
In the statement, he also made reference to Andrii Derkach, a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician who has been active in exposing unsubstantiated corruption allegations against Mr Biden and his son Hunter.
Hunter Biden used to sit on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, which has become a key part of the impeachment trial against Mr. Trump last year.
Russia has been accused of helping Mr. Trump win the 2016 election by discrediting rival Hillary Clinton.
Ms. Clinton’s campaign was targeted in an email hack just days before Americans went to the polls and voted.
Mr Trump’s campaign was later accused of conspiring with Russia to win the election, which he denied.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller subsequently opened an investigation.
He concluded that the Russian interference had taken place “in a radical and systematic manner”, but “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign had conspired or coordinated with the Russian government”.
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Regarding Iran, Mr. Evanina accused Tehran of trying to undermine America’s democratic institutions, divide America and discredit Mr. Trump by “spreading disinformation on social media and circulating anti-American content ”.
For China, Evanina said the country sees the president as “unpredictable” and does not want to see him re-elected, referring to Beijing’s criticism of how the United States has handled the situation. COVID-19[feminine[feminine pandemic and Mr Trump’s recent argument with social media company TikTok.
Mr Trump insists he is “the last person Russia wants to be in power” and has suggested that China wants Mr Biden to win, saying Beijing will “own” the United States if its main rival prevailed.
The White House has declared that it “will not tolerate foreign interference in our electoral processes” and that it “will respond to malicious foreign threats that target our democratic institutions.”