No. 2 U.S. intelligence official talks about how U.S. is preparing for 2020 election threats

No. 2 U.S. intelligence official talks about how U.S. is preparing for 2020 election threats

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:32
No. 2 U.S. intelligence official talks about how U.S. is preparing for 2020 election threats

 

By: Olivia Gazis

Jul 17, 2019

The U.S. intelligence community is preparing to confront a novel set of challenges related to the upcoming 2020 presidential elections amid proliferating disinformation threats – in part by boosting the amount of information it shares publicly, according to the number two intelligence official.


"We have no expectation that, in 2020, [adversaries] will stay with the approach that they had in 2018," said Principal National Intelligence Deputy Director Sue Gordon, who serves as deputy to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. "So, I think we already have raised our vision."
 
"This is a world where the threats are to and through information," she said, "So, both our opportunities and our challenges, I think, are related to that."

In an interview with Intelligence Matters host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Gordon, a career intelligence official who spent 27 years at the CIA before being nominated to her current post by President Trump in 2017, said foreign adversaries' efforts to interfere with the country's election security potentially pose a near-existential threat. "I can think of no greater threat to America than actions that would make us not believe in ourselves," she said. "That is, national interests of our adversaries using information in order to sow seeds of division … or make people believe their votes don't count, or position tools in our infrastructure" to otherwise affect the integrity of voting processes.

Read more at CBSNews.com.