Iran, Russia trying to interfere in US election, says intelligence community

The US intelligence community warned Americans Wednesday night that Iran and Russia are trying to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI director Christopher Wray said in a press conference that Iran has targeted voters through spoof emails.

“We are standing before you now to give you confidence that we are on top of this,” Ratcliffe said. “Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our election.”

He added that “some voter registration information” has been obtained by both countries.

“This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters … that will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy,” Ratcliffe said.

“Iran is distributing other content to include a video that implies individuals could cast fraudulent ballots, even from overseas. This video and any claims about such allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true,” he added.

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