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CIA's Pompeo Expects Russia to Continue Meddling in Midterms

CIA's Pompeo Expects Russia to Continue Meddling in Midterms
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Monday, 29 January 2018 09:53 PM

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Monday he has "every expectation" Russia will target the nation's midterm elections this year.

In an interview with the BBC at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Pompeo said there had been no significant drop in Russian attempts at subversion in the United States or Europe, adding the American intelligence community has said it believes Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Asked if he is concerned the interference will extend to the midterms, 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," he said.

He also outlined a clear vision for the CIA under President Donald Trump.

"We are the world's finest espionage service," he told the outlet. "We are going to go out there and do our damnedest to steal secrets on behalf of the American people. And I wanted to get back on our front foot."

Pompeo also pushed back he has to walk a fine line given past claims by Trump that have been dismissive of Russian interference.

"I don't do fine lines; I do the truth," he told the BBC. "We deliver nearly every day, personally to the president, the most exquisite truth that we know from the CIA."

Pompeo also addressed the tensions with North Korea over its nuclear missile buildup, saying the issue is high on the CIA agenda.

"We talk about him having the ability to deliver nuclear weapons to the United States in a matter of a handful of months," Pompeo said.

"Our task is to have provided the intelligence to the president of the United States that will deliver to him a set of options that continue to take down that risk by non-diplomatic means."

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo has "every expectation" Russia will target the nation's midterm elections this year, he told BBC in an interview.
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