"Russia, china, iran and other foreign malevolent actors will all try to interfere in the election process or influence the opinion of the electorate," it said in a statement tuesday (local time). To protect the democratic process, the U.S. Government is therefore working with an unprecedented level of coordination with states, local authorities and the private sector.
"Our opponents want to undermine our democratic institutions, influence public sentiment and affect government policy," it continues. The declaration was signed by, among others, attorney general william barr, defense secretary mark esper, executive secretary of homeland security kevin mcaleenan, intelligence coordinator joseph maguire, and the heads of the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) and the intelligence agency (nsa).
The security of the elections is a top priority for the administration of president donald trump. It is therefore counting on a rapid exchange of information between the various services in order to be able to recognize and avert threats.
During the 2016 election campaign, the team of trump's democratic rival hillary clinton was one of the targets of hacker attacks. According to the US judiciary, the attacks originated in russia. The special investigator, robert mueller, appointed by the u.S. Justice department in may 2017, also spent about two years investigating whether trump's campaign team colluded with representatives of russia and whether he later obstructed the investigation when he was already U.S. President.