China to have bigger footprint than Russia — CIA director

Lucy Bush
January 31, 2018

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he fully expects Russian Federation to seek to interference with the 2018 midterm elections as they did in 2016.

During an interview on Tuesday, Pompeo said China is intent on stealing USA secrets and has far more potential to do more damage due to the large scale of the country's economy.

President Trump himself has been reluctant to acknowledge the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 election.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) head said the Chinese efforts were not restricted to the U.S. alone, and extended to Europe, including Britain.

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Pompeo cited China's alleged efforts to steal United States commercial information and "infiltration of schools and hospitals" as evidence for his claims that Beijing posed as much of a danger as Moscow. "We see it in our hospitals and medicals systems", he claimed. We see it throughout corporate America. 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". "We have to do better at pushing back against Chinese efforts to covertly influence the world", Pompeo said.

Pompeo further informed that that the Chinese "have a much bigger footprint" than the Russians do, as an example he quoted the efforts to steal United States commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals.

"The Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do", he said.

The spy chief's comments came in the wake of the arrest this year of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer charged with retaining classified information. "He is curious in the sense he wants to understand why we believe them".

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Officials are unsure whether the disastrous intelligence failure was due to a mole or a data hack. There have been several allegations that the Chinese nation has stolen intellectual property via a human and cyber attacks to help its own businesses.

But it also includes the way in which it uses its economic weight to influence American companies seeking access to its market.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Pompeo said he expected Russian Federation to meddle in the run-up to the polls in November.

"They think this great experiment of ours is a threat to them, and so they're going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible", Comey said. He also said North Korea may have the ability to strike the USA with nuclear missiles "in a handful of months".

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In an interview with a BBC correspondent Mike Pompeo repeatedly stressed that while the Russian interference in matters of United States has been a long standing debate, the interference of the Chinese is something that needs to be given more focus at the time.

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