Russia and Iran have made desperate attempts to thwart elections in the United States, US officials said.
The government has identified two foreign actors who have taken action to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, ranging from obtaining voter registration information to sending emails designed to intimidate American voters and create unrest. At a briefing on Wednesday, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said Iran and Russia had taken “concrete action” to manipulate public opinion about the elections, especially on the Internet.
Ratcliffe noted that Iran is sending “fake emails” to harm President Donald Trump. In addition, Iran is distributing content that says people can fake ballots from abroad. He called these actions “desperate attempts by the opponents.”
“We have confirmed that some information on voter registration was obtained by Iran and separately by Russia,” Ratcliffe said.
“We are not going to tolerate foreign interference in our elections or any criminal activity that threatens the integrity of your vote or undermines public confidence in the election results,” said FBI Director Chris Ray, noting that despite attempts by foreign governments to interfere with the election “ Americans need to make sure their voice matters. ”