Nine months after a new election in United States, intelligence services warned on Tuesday that threat of Russian interference has grown. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats warned that he hopes that Russia and or foreign countries will try to push "greater cyber" to erode democratic values and stoke social divisions. "Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against United States and our European allies by using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy," Coats said in an arraignment on Senate Intelligence Committee Along with or leaders of espionage agencies.More information
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Coats, which coordinates all intelligence services, explained that Moscow considers intrusion into voting processes-through cyber to steal information and/or disseminate propaganda-a "tool of low risk and effective in propitiating divisions ". In this sense, he warned that Russia considers "successful" its interference in US elections of 2016, which sought to help Donald Trump to be president, and sees an "opportunity" to influence legislative elections of next November, which They renew dozens of state governor positions, entire House of Representatives and a third of Senate.
In fact, CIA director Mike Pompeo explained that "Russian activities and intentions have already been detected to have an impact on upcoming elections" in United States, and revealed that measures are being taken to try to counteract m. In same line, Coats warned: "We hope that Russia will continue to use propaganda, false people, simpatéticos spokesmen and or means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in U.S.".
Trump is reluctant to recognize intelligence agencies ' conclusion that Moscow pushed a sophisticated strategy in 2016 to steal data from Democratic Party and spread propaganda to help Republican win election. The president also avoids criticizing his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who he repeatedly praised during election campaign. And Trump sees a "witch hunt" in a special prosecutor's investigation as to wher Republican's entourage could coordinate with Moscow in electoral interference.
However, both Coats and CIA leaders, FBI and NSA stressed on Tuesday that y keep ir conclusion about Russian responsibility in electoral interference and warned that y have not perceived any "significant change" on ambitions of Moscow.
The Director of National Intelligence went furr to urge to inform American citizens emphatically that threat of Russian interference is "real" and urged to take steps to lower that threat. At global level, he warned that re is a race for "technological superiority" in which cyber tools are used to "mold societies and markets" and revealed that USA suffers many daily computer attacks. On fringe of Russia, he explained that greatest cyber threats to first power come from China, North Korea, and Iran.
Coats made a pessimistic analysis of world scene. He warned that risk of "conflict between states is highest since end of cold War," especially on part of North Korea and regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. "The risk of use of weapons of mass destruction by States and non-States will continue to grow," he warned.
The chief of all intelligence agencies considered that Pyongyang will maintain its nuclear development and noted that "moment of decision" is approaching about how Washington should respond. "Our goal is a peaceful resolution. We're using maximum pressure on North Korea in several ways, "he said. The director of CIA, meanwhile, minimized consequences of incipient thaw between two Koreas during Winter Olympics. "There is no indication of a strategic shift in desire to retain nuclear capability to threaten United States," said Pompeo.