CHINA ZEROS IN ON BIDEN
William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said Wednesday that Chinese foreign influence efforts have pivoted since the election to target members of the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“We’ve seen an uptick, which was planned, and we predicted, that China would now revector their influence campaigns to a new administration,” Evanina said at the Aspen Institute’s virtual Cyber Summit.
“We are starting to see that now play across the country to not only folks that are in the new administration, but those who are around those folks in the new administration,” he added. “That’s one area we are going to be very keen on making sure the new administration understands, that influence, what it looks like, what it tastes like, what it feels like when you see it.”
Evanina, who described Biden as the president-elect, noted that it was “really important” that Biden be able to see this intelligence. Biden, along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, received his first daily presidential intelligence briefing earlier this week.