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Expect Russian meddling in USA midterm poll, warns Central Intelligence Agency boss

Expect Russian meddling in USA midterm poll, warns Central Intelligence Agency boss

Speaking on the Russian Federation 1 TV channel, Antonov said that even during the "hardest times", contacts between the special services have continued.

The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously agreed that Kremlin-backed groups actively interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections with a misinformation campaign on social media and by hacking high-level political campaign internet communications.

"I think that we collectively, the United States and our intelligence partners around the world, have developed a pretty clear understanding of (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un's capability", Mr Pompeo said.

Pompeo also said China was trying to steal USA information.

Asked whether he's concerned Russian Federation will target the November midterms, Mr. Pompeo replied: "Of course".

Huntsman also said in an interview with the Echo Moscow radio station on Tuesday that Pompeo met with Russian intelligence officials last week, but he did not specifically name Naryshkin. "The Russians have been at this for a long time, and I fully expect they'll continue to be at it".

China also poses covert threats to the West, including Britain, Mr Pompeo said.

"We see it in our schools, in our hospitals and medical systems".

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But despite repeated warnings and reassurances that the Central Intelligence Agency - along with the entire Trump administration - is working to counter Russian meddling efforts in upcoming elections, Pompeo has offered few specifics as to what steps will be taken.

"I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election". "We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information, to infiltrate the United States with spies - with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America", he said. It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.

"Think about the scale of the two economies", Pompeo said on Russian Federation and China.

Reuters reported that in the interview, Mr Pompeo also repeated his message that North Korea was close to developing missiles which could be used in a nuclear attack on the US.

He also said that North Korea may be able to strike the U.S. with nuclear missiles "in a handful of months".

"It is absurd, the claim that the President is not engaged and does not have a grasp on these important issues is unsafe and false", Mr Pompeo said.

During the BBC interview, Mr Pompeo also commented on his working relationship with President Trump - saying he provides the US President with intelligence briefings nearly every day the two men are in Washington DC.


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