National security officials have announced that Iran and Russia have access to voter registration information that could support efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
Officials also confirmed that Iran sent threatening e-mails aimed at intimidating voters.
“Iran and Russia have taken specific measures to influence public opinion regarding our election,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told a news conference.
He added: Iran and Russia separately obtained some voter registration information, and foreign parties can use this data to try to transmit misleading information.
Voter registration information is often publicly available, so there is no indication that Iran or Russia has violated any US infrastructure.
However, the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the FBI have asked Americans to be careful when reading and sharing voting information online.
The announcement of Iran’s involvement in the emails confirms what was published by The Washington Post earlier.
He mentioned report The Washington Post reported that Iran was behind the emails sent to some Democratic voters, pretending to be from the far-right Proud Boys, in Florida, Pennsylvania and other states earlier this week.
One of the emails showed that I read On it (CBS News), threats to individuals that they must vote for President Trump or be persecuted, and the phrase “We have all your information” was also mentioned in this email.
Ratcliffe said: Iran has sought to sow unrest in the United States in an attempt to harm the candidacy of President (Donald Trump), and it distributed other content, such as: a video clip that implies that individuals can cast false votes.
Ratcliffe added: We ask every American to do their part to defend against those who wish us harm, and do not allow these efforts to have their intended effect.
“These actions are desperate attempts by desperate opponents, and we will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections,” Ratcliffe said.