Intel Officials Say Iran, Russia Seeking to Influence Election

By Christine Zosche 

Director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe warned Wednesday that Russia and Iran are behind efforts to sway public opinions related to the 2020 presidential election. (The Hill)

“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately by Russia,” Ratcliffe said. “This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy.” (Mediaite)

The intelligence community has “seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump,” Ratcliffe said—though Democrats quickly disputed the last part of his statement. (Politico)

Ratcliffe said Iran had also distributed other video content implying people could cast fraudulent ballots, “even from overseas.” The information in the video is not true, Ratcliffe emphasized, adding that Americans can be assured the election is secure. (CBS News)