Russian Federation is aiming to interfere in U.S. midterm elections, warns Central Intelligence Agency chief

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".

"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".

"Asked if his concerns extended to the upcoming USA mid-term elections in November, Pompeo told the BBC: "Of course. It's also true in other parts of the world. including Europe and the United Kingdom".

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US intelligence chiefs found that Russian President Vladimir Putin had overseen an effort by spy agencies to influence the 2016 US Presidential election.

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Russian interference has been the focus of political debate in Washington with allegations of hacking and releasing information as well as using social media to sow division. He is thought to have retained classified information, which he used to help China. "We have to do better at pushing back against Chinese efforts to covertly influence the world". "How can we know that you're going to get this right and before the midterms?"

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"He should be deeply aware that it is intolerable for the Iranians to take on American interests", he continued. He added that the Iranian missiles fired at Saudi Arabia could be seen as an act of war. "He is curious in the sense he wants to understand why we believe them".

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He said that Russian intelligence agencies have continued in their attempts at subversion in Europe and the USA, according to the BBC. "We are hopeful that their leaders will accept that proposition as well".