US security service FBI says Iran is behind sent threatening emails to influence voters supporting Democrat candidates in the US election 2020.
John Ratcliffe, director of the U.S. National Intelligence Agency said the emails appeared to have been sent by a group of radical Trump supporters. He commented that Iran sent that threatening emails for the purpose of ‘inciting unrest’ in the United States.
Ratcliffe added that US officials have acknowledged that “Iran and Russia have some US voter information.”
This announcement came 13 days before the presidential election.
U.S. officials have long feared that foreign agencies could interfere in the conduct of the election and spread false information about the election. So this unusual press conference of the intelligence agency before the vote is being seen as support for that fear of the US government.
John Ratcliffe said the “spoof emails” that Iran had sent were used in the name of Trump’s hardline pro-boy group ‘Proud Boys’ to “intimidate voters, provoke chaos and tarnish President Trump’s reputation.”
He also expressed concern that the use of voter information could lead to the spread of “fake information to registered voters,” which could be an attempt to “spread confusion, chaos and undermine confidence in American democracy.” Radcliffe.
Iran as well as Russia have some voter information, said Radcliffe. However, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Russia’s foreign policy. Radcliffe.
Christopher Ray, director of the FBI, was with Ratcliffe at the news conference. He said the US election system was still secure and “stable.”
Intelligence officials did not say how much voter information was leaked or what Russian officials were doing with it.