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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday his agency is “looking carefully” at the possibility foreign agents have involved themselves or influenced the protests and riots in the United States over the death of a black man in police custody.

Wray’s comments to Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier come as the four-to-six-block zone occupied by demonstrators in Seattle appeared to be breaking up.

“We have certainly seen in the past a variety of foreign adversaries looking to amplify controversy in this country,” Wray said. “And they use state media. They use social media. Some of that is through propaganda, some of that’s through disinformation, some of that’s through just fake information. And we are looking carefully at the prospect of foreign influence or foreign interference in all of the protests and activities that have occurred over the last few weeks.”

[T]he FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government in China.”

The number was “about a 1,300% increase in terms of economic espionage investigations with the Chinese nexus from about a decade ago,” he said.

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