Central Intelligence Agency chief expects Russian Federation to meddle in United States mid-term polls

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Russian Federation will more than likely try to meddle in the 2018 U.S midterm elections, CIA Director warned in an interview Monday.

The Chinese "have a much bigger footprint" to actually accomplish the operation than Russians, the Central Intelligence Agency chief suggested.

"We see it in our schools, in our hospitals and medical systems, we see it throughout corporate America".

"Think about the scale of the two economies", Mr Pompeo said of Russia and China."The Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do".

Earlier this year, a former CIA officer was arrested on charges of retaining classified information in a case thought to be connected to the dismantling of the agency's spy operations in China.

Asked if the Russians would try to influence the mid-term elections, he said: "Of course". In addition, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that "also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, and fake news".

Pompeo said there are many "possible" ways to remove Kim from power, and, concerning Trump's tough rhetoric, that North Korea's leader "understands the message that America is serious".

But officials did not know at the time whether to blame a mole or data hack.

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The CIA chief who is a former hard-line Republican congressman also cited efforts by the Chinese to steal USA commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK.

But it also includes the way in which it uses its economic weight to influence American companies seeking access to its market. "He is curious in the sense he wants to understand why we believe them".

Nevertheless, he said he's confident that the 2018 midterms will remain free and fair.

"I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that", Pompeo said.

"While President Trump stands practically idle, Mr. Putin continues to refine his asymmetric arsenal and look for future opportunities to disrupt governance and erode support for the democratic and worldwide institutions that the United States and Europe have built over the last 70 years". "[We] will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust. that the impact they have on our election won't be great".

"We talk about [Kim Jong Un] having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States in a matter of a handful of months", Pompeo told the.

"We talk about him having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States in a matter of a handful of months".

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