“Iran and Russia have taken specific steps to influence public opinion related to our elections,” National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said at a hasty press conference.
“Previously we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained separately by Iran and Russia,” Ratcliffe said at the briefing, which comes two weeks before election day.
“This data can be used by foreign actors to try to give misinformation to registered voters that they hope will create confusion, create chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”
In particular, Ratcliffe said, Iran has “sent spoof emails designed to scare voters, inciting the president of unrest and damage”, Donald Trump, re-election from former Vice President Joaden, Democratic candidate Are facing a stiff challenge for.
“Apart from this Iran is also distributing other material which includes a video which can give fake ballots to individuals from abroad also,” he said.
“Any claims about videos and such allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true,” Ratcliffe said.
He added that “these actions are desperate attempts by desperate opponents. Although we have not seen similar actions from Russia, we know that they have obtained some voter information as they did in 2016.”
Minutes before the press conference, the Washington Post reported that US officials had warned state and local officials that Iran had sent a threatening email to Democratic voters posing as members of the far-right group Proud Boys. There was a misleading campaign.
A Homeland Security official told state and local election administrators on a call Wednesday that holes had been detected in their election websites, the Post reported.
According to the Post, emails appeared to target Democrats using digital voter database information, citing two US officials.
The posters reported that the messages threatened recipients, some of whom were in swing states, “to vote Trump on election day or we’ll come after you,” the Post reported.
FBI Director Christopher Ray, who spoke after Ratcliffe at the press conference, said, “We are not going to tolerate foreign interference in our election or any criminal activity that threatens the sanctity of your vote or election. Undermines public confidence in the outcome of “.
“You have to be confident that your vote matters,” Ray said. “Initial, unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.”
Prior to the press conference, leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a joint statement about “threats from the US election system and threats to infrastructure.”
Working Committee President Marco Rubio, R-Fla., And Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., Said they believe “from every American – including members of the media – to believe or spread unverified, sensational claims related to the vote.” be careful of.” And vote
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