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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Iran, Russia Interfering in 2020 Election, U.S. Intelligence Officials Say

The United States Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced last October 21 that Russia and Iran have obtained U.S. voter registration information to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.

“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately, by Russia,” Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe said that “foreign actors” can use the data to confuse voters with false information and “to sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”

Racliffe also said that Iran was responsible for sending the e-mail campaign to registered voters last October 21 that were created to look like they were from the pro-Trump Proud Boys group.

“We have already seen Iran sending spoof emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump,” Ratcliffe said.

The e-mails have been reported to have come from “[email protected]” and warned receivers to “Vote for Trump or else!”

“When we see indications of foreign interference or federal election crimes, we’re going to aggressively investigate and work with our partners, to quickly take appropriate action,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray said at the news conference.

The announcement came just two weeks before the election.

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