Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would take harsh action against any nation-state that attempted to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, “whether by hacking voting systems and databases, laundering money into our political system, systematically spreading disinformation, or trying to sow doubt about the integrity of our elections.”

If Biden gains the White House in November, he will treat foreign interference in the election “as an adversarial act that significantly affects the relationship between the United States and the interfering nation's government," the vice president wrote in a statement released Monday evening. "I will direct the U.S. Intelligence Community to report publicly and in a timely manner on any efforts by foreign governments that have interfered, or attempted to interfere, with U.S. elections.”

Biden pledged to “leverage all appropriate instruments of national power” and fully use executive authority to impose substantial and lasting costs punishment on state actors, including "financial-sector sanctions, asset freezes, cyber responses, and the exposure of corruption."

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