US national intelligence accused Russia of obtaining data on voters

US national intelligence accused Russia of obtaining data on voters

US National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said that information about registration of American voters fell into the hands of Iran and Russia. He announced this during a press conference, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, Russia and Iran have taken concrete actions to influence public opinion in connection with the US presidential elections. “Iran and separately from it Russia received some information on voter registration,” Ratcliffe said.

He noted that this data could be used by foreign actors in order to try to convey information to registered voters that “will create doubt, wreak havoc and undermine the credibility of the elections.”

Ratcliffe said Iran had circulated a video of the fraudulent vote. At the same time, he noted that the national intelligence did not see such actions on the part of Russia, however, the United States knows that Moscow received “some information about the voters, as in 2016.”

Earlier, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised Russia “consequences” for alleged interference in the country’s internal affairs. He noted that if he wins the presidential elections, Russia’s attempts to influence the American electoral process will not go unanswered.

In April 2019, US Special Attorney Robert Mueller published a report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which was won by Donald Trump. It says that Moscow did interfere in the American electoral process, but suspicions about the connection between the Russian side and Trump could not be confirmed. Later, a federal court in Washington ruled that the connection of the “troll factory” with the Kremlin was also not proven.