UPDATED 10:37 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
Top national security officials have been investigating around 5,000 counter-terrorism cases, and are now saying China represents a major threat.
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, where they said Beijing is working to influence American voters in the upcoming midterm elections. However, Nielsen said there is no evidence to suggest that China has already compromised election infrastructure.
Wray said while he would not rank the threat level of specific foreign nations, he believes China presents more of a threat than Russia.
“China in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counterintelligence threat we face,” he explained. “Russia is in many ways fighting to stay relevant after the fall of the Soviet Union, they’re fighting today’s fight — China is fighting tomorrow’s fight and the day after tomorrow and the day after that.”
The FBI director also said 1,000 of the bureau’s current terror investigations involve homegrown extremists in all 50 states.