WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – A study by the US Senate has warned that the lack of communications, money and staff in the office tasked with coordinating actions by US spy agencies in efforts to prevent China and other adversaries from stealing secrets has warned. Deficiency creates hindrance.
There are warnings that there are increasing attempts by Chinese and Russian to seize sensitive data and interfere in elections.
The Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday said the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), which is supposed to coordinate efforts in government, does not have a clear mission and its authority is limited. The NCSC cannot fund or commission the programs of many government agencies or private companies that have secrets coveted by foreign intelligence services.
Intelligence officials disagree about who should take the lead in responding to cyber attacks and campaigns that try to influence civilians, and whether they should be labeled counterintelligence, the report said.
Washington has long accused Beijing of sanctioning campaigns to steal secrets through espionage, cyberattacks and corporate espionage, as well as of spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how it affects democracy. affects. The FBI said on average it starts a new counterintelligence investigation in China every 10 hours.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a speech to businessmen in London, “The Chinese government is bent on stealing your technology – whatever sustains your industry – and using it to undermine your business and your market.” To dominate.” “And they are determined to use every tool at their disposal to do so.”
Senate reports focused primarily on the NCSC, an agency of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It was created in 2004 after the September 11, 2001 attacks and the revelation that agencies had not shared information about some of the people involved in the hijacking.
The purpose of the office was to coordinate priorities among the 18 intelligence agencies and ensure the exchange of information through centers such as the NCSC, which would coordinate counterintelligence work of the FBI, CIA and other agencies.
But this center is hampered in its work by the bureaucracy, says the report. Constraints include being unable to hire employees quickly; It has no authority to implement national strategies; And it cannot finance counter-intelligence programs outside agencies, in other parts of the government, or in the private sector.