By Helene Fung
US Presidential hopeful Joe Biden reportedly said at a fund raiser that China and Russia are trying to undermine the democratic process in the lead up to the presidential election in November, according to intelligence briefing that he received.
The Washington Post quoted Mr Biden as having said “The Russians are still engaged in trying to de-legitimize our electoral process. Fact … China and others are engaged as well in activities that are designed for us to lose confidence in the outcome.”
It is normal practice for presidential nominees of major parties to receive intelligence briefings; although it is not known when Mr Biden started receiving them. It can be deduced that the briefing was fairly recent, given that Mr Biden stated publicly on 30 June that he might ask for a briefing, but he had not been offered one up until then.
Security officials have warned late last year that foreign forces would attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections through influencing public sentiment in order to sway government policies. US intelligence also found that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections to support Donald Trump, who denied the charges. .