The head of American intelligence warns of the threats weighing on the presidential election

The head of American intelligence warns of the threats weighing on the presidential election
The head of American intelligence warns of the threats weighing on the presidential election

(Washington) More and more foreign powers are seeking to influence the November presidential election in the United States, the head of American intelligence warned on Wednesday, assuring however that the country had never been so ready to face attempts of interference.


Posted at 6:13 p.m.

“A growing number of foreign actors, including non-state organizations, are seeking to influence the election,” Intelligence Director Avril Haines said during a Senate hearing on the subject.

Among these powers, the most important are “Russia, China, and Iran,” she listed, specifying that “Russia continues to constitute the most active foreign threat” to the American elections.

Furthermore, these state actors are increasingly using private companies to carry out influence campaigns, making it even more difficult to find sponsors, she said.

The November presidential election, which will see Joe Bien and Donald Trump face off once again, will be held in a highly polarized America and under the threat of disinformation campaigns reinforced by sophisticated montages (“deepfakes”) thanks to artificial intelligence (AI).

Advances in AI now allow the production of political content more efficiently and on a larger scale, with content adapted to different audiences and in several languages, detailed Avril Haines.

On this subject, Mark Warner, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared that he was “afraid that Congress’s inability to put in place safeguards over the last eight years poses a huge problem.”

Enemies of the United States, including President Vladimir Putin, “are more encouraged than ever” to carry out campaigns of interference, he assured.

“In the case of Russia, Putin has clearly understood that influencing public opinion and elections in the United States is a cheap way to undermine American and Western support for Ukraine,” he added. .

In recent years, Washington has sanctioned several Russian nationals accused of having participated in disinformation campaigns for the benefit of the Kremlin, particularly in connection with the 2016 American presidential election which brought Donald Trump to the White House.

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