Report Delayed is Report Denied: China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses

Report Delayed is Report Denied: China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses. By Ivan Pentchoukov.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe assessed that China interfered in the 2020 federal elections, according to a letter transmitted to Congress.

In the letter (pdf), Ratcliffe alleges that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA, which pressured analysts to withdraw their support for the view.

Citing a report by the Intelligence Community’s analytic ombudsman Barry Zulauf, the director of national intelligence said that some analysts were reluctant to describe China’s actions as election interference because they disagreed with the policies of President Donald Trump.

This report was due on Friday 18 Dec, 45 days after the election as set forth in executive order 13848. Why the delay?

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific