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World FBI says Iran and Russia have US voter information

04:10  22 october  2020
04:10  22 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Mr Ratcliffe also said US officials found Iran and Russia have obtained "some voter registration information ". The announcement comes 13 days before the FBI Director Christopher Wray joined Mr Ratcliffe at the news conference. He said that US election systems were still secure and "resilient".

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Wednesday both Iran and Russia have obtained US voter registration information in an effort Ratcliffe spoke alongside FBI Director Chris Wray at a hastily arranged news conference on Wednesday evening to announce the foreign election interference.

US national security officials have reported Iran was responsible for sending threatening emails to Democratic voters.

a person standing in front of a laptop: Millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in early voting © Getty Images Millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in early voting

The emails appeared to come from a far-right pro-Trump group and were meant to "incite unrest", National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said.

Mr Ratcliffe also said US officials found Iran and Russia have obtained "some voter registration information".

The announcement comes 13 days before the presidential election.

Mr Ratcliffe said Iran's "spoof emails" claimed to be sent by the Proud Boys in order to "intimidate voters, incite unrest and damage" President Donald Trump.

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“ We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran , and separately by Russia ,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe Ratcliffe, who was joined by FBI Director Christopher Wray, said Iran aimed to damage President Donald Trump’s re-election effort.

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He added that the voter data could be used in attempts to "communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will sow confusion chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy".

Mr Ratcliffe said officials "have not seen the same actions from Russia", but are aware they have some voter information.

In many states, voter data is available upon request, though each state has different requirements on who can request voter information, what data is available and how this data might be used, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"If you receive an intimidating or manipulative email in your inbox, don't be alarmed and do not spread it," Mr Ratcliffe said, calling the actions to influence US voters "desperate attempts by desperate adversaries".

FBI Director Christopher Wray joined Mr Ratcliffe at the news conference. He said that US election systems were still secure and "resilient".

The officials did not offer further details on how the voter data was obtained or what the Russians may be doing with the information.

The emails in question were addressed to registered Democratic voters and urged them to vote for Mr Trump - or else.

"You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you," the emails said, according to US media.

"Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply."

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