According to a new report from The Washington Examiner, Intel Analysts downplayed China’s influence in the 2020 election.
Exclusive: IC report concluded “China analysts appeared hesitant to assess Chinese actions as undue influence” in 2020 election & “appeared reluctant to have their analysis on China brought forward” b/c they disagreed w/ Trump admin policies.@DCExaminerhttps://t.co/SUg3xpoAI4
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 7, 2021
Politicization problems exist in U.S. spy agency assessments on foreign influence in the 2020 U.S. election, including analysts who appeared to hold back information on Chinese meddling efforts because they disagreed with the Trump administration’s policies, according to an intelligence community inspector.
Barry Zulauf, an analytic ombudsman and longtime intelligence official, issued a 14-page report obtained by the Washington Examiner to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, revealing his investigation was “conducted in response to IC complaints regarding the election threat issue.” In addition, he lamented the “polarized atmosphere has threatened to undermine the foundations of our Republic, penetrating even into the Intelligence Community.”
The intelligence community’s classified assessment on foreign influence in the 2020 election, which will not focus on claims of mail-in fraud or unfounded allegations of voting machines flipping millions of votes, was also submitted to Congress on Thursday. Expected in December, the assessment was delayed as senior intelligence officials clashed over the role played by China, and as director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe sought to include more viewpoints in the final analysis.
“Given analytic differences in the way Russia and China analysts examined their targets, China analysts appeared hesitant to assess Chinese actions as undue influence or interference. The analysts appeared reluctant to have their analysis on China brought forward because they tend to disagree with the administration’s policies, saying in effect, I don’t want our intelligence used to support those policies,” Zulauf concluded, saying this behavior violated analytic standards requiring independence from political considerations.
Make sure you read the full Washington Examiner report(link above) to get what I didn’t add here.
If you want to know what is wrong with our country look right here.
Everything has become politicized. If China interfered then Americans should know that.
Remember when they had no problem talking about Russian interference in the 2016 election?
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