While both Russia and Iran tried to influence the outcome of the US presidential election in 2020, no foreign country tried to change the results of ballot papers or votes. It is the most important pickup from a recent from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). As Washington Post reports, the document supports allegations by US officials as former CISA director made at the end of the election when they said the competition was “. ”
ODNI’s findings also directly contradict former President Trump, who often tried to paint China as the greater threat to US election security. China “is far greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia,” he said in a September tweet. According to the agency, in the 2020 election, the country would have a more stable relationship with the United States. However, it decided whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden won, none of the results would have changed things enough to risk interfering. China instead turned to tools such as lobbying to exercise its influence.
Russia, on the other hand, tried to influence the outcome of the election, according to ODNI. Vladimir Putin authorized his country’s intelligence agencies to support the former president as well as undermine public confidence in the election process. But this effort stopped short of hacking any candidates that the country did in as it leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.