Intelligence Officials Believe China Meddled In 2020 Election To Damage Trump: Report

Recent reports from the US intelligence community shocked the nation

The report reveals that a minority of intelligence officials are convinced that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tried to affect Donald Trump’s chances in the 2020 presidential election. They also reported that the CCP did not “deploy interference efforts.”

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The National Intelligence Council released the report on March 10. According to this report, Russia sought to denigrate Joe Biden and support Trump during the elections, adding that the Chinese “did not deploy interference efforts and considered but did not deploy influence efforts intended to change the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. We have high confidence in this judgment.”

The same report asserts that China “sought stability in its relationship with the United States and did not view either election outcome as being advantageous enough for China to risk blowback if caught. Intelligence officials suspect that “Beijing probably believed that its traditional influence tools, primarily targeted economic measures and lobbying key individuals and interest groups, would be sufficient to achieve its goal of shaping U.S. policy regardless of who won the election. We did not identify China attempting to interfere with election infrastructure or providing funding to any candidates or parties.”

The report also shows that some US intelligence officials say China tried to undermine Trump.

“The National Intelligence Officer for Cyber assesses that China took at least some steps to undermine former President Trump’s reelection chances, primarily through social media and official public statements and media,” says the report in its minority view section. “The NIO agrees with the IC’s view that Beijing was primarily focused on countering anti-China policies, but assesses that some of Beijing’s influence efforts were intended to at least indirectly affect U.S. candidates, political processes, and voter preferences, meeting the definition for election influence used in this report. The NIO agrees that we have no information suggesting China tried to interfere with election processes. The NIO has moderate confidence in these judgments.”

The paragraph is related to the National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Cyber Issues on the National Intelligence Council. It leads out intelligence community in cyber analysis and analyzes challenges to US elections.

“We assess that Beijing’s risk calculus against influencing the election was informed by China’s preference for stability in the bilateral relationship, their probable judgment that attempting to influence the election could do lasting damage to U.S.-China ties, and belief that the election of either candidate would present opportunities and challenges for China,” the majority view stated.

In 2020, then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that China affected the 2020 federal elections, alleging that the management at the CIA suppressed the intelligence about the Chinese election interference.

The Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security and its cybersecurity agency claim that they “have no evidence that any foreign government-affiliated actor” such as Russia, China, or Iran “prevented voting, changed votes, or disrupted the ability to tally votes or to transmit election results in a timely manner, altered any technical aspect of the voting process, or otherwise compromised the integrity of voter registration information of any ballots cast during 2020 federal elections.”

Ratcliffe said he supports “the stated minority view—based on all available sources of intelligence, with definitions consistently applied, and reached independent of political considerations or undue pressure—that the People’s Republic of China sought to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections.”

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Source: The Epoch Times

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