The Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, reported on Wednesday that Iran and Russia have obtained information from US voters. Furthermore, both countries are attempting to interfere in the election in a couple of weeks on November 3.
“We want to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion in relation to our elections.”
Ratcliffe said Iran specifically sent emails to Americans “designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and harm President (Donald] Trump.”
In addition, according to the same complaint, Iran would have distributed a video implying that people can send fraudulent ballots, even from outside the United States.
“These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” he shared.
The remarks came after registered Democratic voters reported receiving emails with personal addresses on behalf of the armed militia group Proud Boys. Each recipient was addressed by name and their address included, too.
The emails said: “We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously in your place.”
For his part, the director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FBI), Christopher Wray, assured that the electoral system continues to be safe and “resistant”.
“Rest assured that we are prepared for the possibility of action by those who are hostile to democracy,” Ratcliffe said.