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CIA director reveals a country that represents the "greatest technological threat" to America and another "not underestimated"

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CIA director reveals a country that represents the "greatest technological threat" to America and another "not underestimated"

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Atlanta, USA (CNN) -- William Burns, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), described China as the "biggest technological threat" to the United States, while stressing that Russia's cyber capabilities "should not be underestimated".

"I think in terms of broad capability, across a range of emerging technologies, I think China might be like that today," Burns said, during a speech at Stanford University on Wednesday, when asked to identify the biggest technological threat to the United States.


Burns emphasized that "Russia's ability to effectively apply electronic tools to influence US policy and America's most important asset, particularly under the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, should not be underestimated."


Seated next to former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, Burns said: “But I would never underestimate it, Mike knows this just as well as anyone else, the ability of this Russian leadership to make unevenly good use of a variety of electronic tools to influence everything from malfunction. politics in this country.

Burns recently announced the creation of two new US intelligence centers to focus on China and technology, and noted that US President Joe Biden discussed in his talks with Putin the importance of exercising control over Russian territory when it comes to cyberspace.

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