BBC: Russia 'will target U.S. mid-term elections,' says CIA chief

10:56, 30 January 2018
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Mike Pompeo told the BBC there had been no significant diminishing of Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the U.S.

Read alsoReport: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape – VOAEven though there has been co-operation in counter-terrorism (the CIA helped stop a plot in St. Petersburg last year), Mr. Pompeo says he still sees Russia primarily as an adversary, sharing the concerns in many European countries about its subversion. "I haven't seen a significant decrease in their activity," he said.

Asked if his concerns extended to the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections in November, he replied: "Of course. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that, but I'm confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great."

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