WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday named a career CIA official to coordinate the intelligence community’s response to election threats from Russia, China and other adversaries.
Jeffrey Wichman has been named Director of Election Threats by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, said Nicole de Haay, a spokeswoman for Haines. Wichman served in the CIA for more than 30 years, including in major counterintelligence and cyber roles, de Haay said. His nomination was first reported by The New York Times.
The appointment comes amid stalled efforts to create a new intelligence center to prevent foreign interference in American democracy. While experts and intelligence officials say the planned Malicious Foreign Influence Center is needed, a proposal to establish the center is stalled due to disagreements over the center’s size and budget.
The Election Threats Executive is responsible for coordinating all election security efforts within the 18-member intelligence community, which includes agencies that detect and deter cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and efforts to influence politicians and politicians. political debates.
Previous executive Shelby Pierson was in the spotlight after giving a closed-door briefing to lawmakers on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2020 election in favor of former President Donald Trump. This angered Trump, who berated the then director of national intelligence and then replaced him.
Pierson has since taken on another intelligence post.