FBI Director Wray Testifies Before Senate Intel Committee on 'Worldwide Threats'

U.S. security chiefs testify before Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

He also warned that Chinese spies are spreading throughout the United States as a serious threat and are using "nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting - whether its professors, scientists, students", the Washington Examiner reported.

"It's not just in major cities; it's in small ones, as well".

The FBI is also "watching warily" activities at dozens of Confucius Institutes, Chinese government-sponsored academies that are often embedded within universities and public schools to offer U.S. students Mandarin language classes.

The assembled leaders of the intelligence community at the witness table couldn't say whether Trump had specifically directed them to counter Russian election meddling, when asked by Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Wray was one of several intelligence officials who warned against the use of Chinese brand smartphones.

The Confucius Institutes now number more than 100 at public and private universities, colleges and even high schools.

And last week, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to five Florida institutions and asked them to shut down joint programs with China's Confucius Institute, a Beijing-funded exchange scheme to set up centers overseas to promote Mandarin and Chinese culture.

He added numerous agencies were working on "intensive studies" to understand how China was working on its global agenda.

"They have a long-term strategic objective to become a world power", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the panel, adding that all USA intelligence agencies are analysing China's intentions in an integrated manner. "'If you don't, you're going to just continue to invite consequences for yourself'".

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"That's a pretty good bang for the buck", remarked Warner. But as they enter Western economic markets, we want to ensure that they play by the rules.

Wray, in testimony on Capitol Hill, said the agency in late July completed a background check for security clearance for former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned a week ago amid allegations of abuse from two former wives.

Wray's warning comes only days after Cotton introduced a bill that would prohibit USA government agencies from contracting with Huawei or ZTE.

Having potentially unfriendly foreign companies inside the USA telecom network, Wray said, "provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information and it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage".

The website WIRED reports that in reference to China, Sen.

The intelligence assessments are "a very, very deep dive into what China's plan is doing now and what their plans are for the future and how it would impact the United States", he said. Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray noted that such "non-traditional collectors" are common in academic institutions, and that some Chinese students may indeed be taking advantage of the various research and development programs at American universities.

US intelligence officials advised Americans on Wednesday not to use smartphones made by Chinese companies Huawei or ZTE.

"I think the private sector is not used to spotting (this)".

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