CIA Chief Says China 'as Big a Threat to US' as Russia

تم نشره في Tue 30 January / Jan 2018. 01:00 AM
  • Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo – (CBS)

CAPITALS — Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as concerning as Russian subversion, the director of the CIA has said.

Mike Pompeo told the BBC that the Chinese "have a much bigger footprint" to do this than the Russians do.

As examples he cited efforts to steal US commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK.

Mr Pompeo was a hard-line Republican congressman before becoming CIA chief.

In his BBC interview, Mr Pompeo also said:

·         He expected Russia to try to disrupt US mid-term elections in November 2018. There had been no significant diminishing of Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the US.

·         North Korea may have the ability to strike the US with nuclear missiles "in a handful of months"

·         Recent claims in the book Fire and Fury that Mr Trump was not up to the job were "drivel".