On Wednesday, National security officials announced that Iran and Russia obtained voter registration information that could support efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The officials also confirmed that Iran sent threatening emails designed to intimidate voters.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a press conference: “Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our election. Some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to convey misinformation.”
Ratcliffe and FBI director Christopher Wray warned Americans to be cautious when reading and sharing information regarding voting online.
The announcement about Iran’s involvement in the emails confirms The Washington Post’s reporting from earlier today. The report said that Iran was behind emails sent to some Democratic voters that were spoofed to appear to have been sent from the far-right Proud Boys organization earlier this week