Weekend Reads American election: Washington sanctions Iranian entities for "interference"

05:50  23 october  2020
05:50  23 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Washington has added the Iranian ambassador to Iraq to its sanctions blacklist, claiming he In the same spirit, on Thursday Washington also imposed penalties on five Iranian entities it said had tried to Assertions of foreign election -meddling have come to dominate the US political scene since the

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have both obtained American voter registration data, top Iranian hackers tried to cover their tracks, intelligence and security officials said, first routing the emails Iran has tinkered at the edges of American election interference since 2012, but always as a minor actor.

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In the aftermath of the accusations against Iran formulated by the director of American intelligence, John Ratcliffe, the United States on Thursday sanctioned the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of Tehran, as well as the Iranian media for "attempting to interfere" in the US elections of November 3. “The Iranian regime has targeted the US electoral process with brazen attempts to sow discord among voters by spreading disinformation online and carrying out malicious operations to mislead them,” the US Treasury said in a report. communicated.

"Iranian government entities, disguised as media, have targeted the United States in order to undermine the American democratic process," he added. The Treasury does not make clear a connection between these sanctions and the charges of John Ratcliffe. The latter accused Iran of having got hold of data from American voters and sent emails "aimed at intimidating voters, inciting social unrest and harming" President Donald Trump , candidate to a second term.

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Iran ’s permanent mission to the United Nations has dismissed as “malign and dangerous” claims by US national security officials that the Islamic Republic is attempting to influence American voters, stressing that Tehran, unlike Washington , does not interfere in other countries’ elections .

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"The Iranian regime uses false narratives"

The Iranian authorities have rejected "inventions". "The Iranian regime is using false narratives and other misleading content in an attempt to influence the US elections," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, without further details, vowing to continue "to counter any efforts. foreign actor who would threaten the electoral process ”.

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The entities targeted are the Revolutionary Guards and their elite unit for foreign operations, the Quds Force, both already sanctioned on several occasions by Washington. But also the Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute, presented as the propaganda tool of the Revolutionary Guards, as well as the Iranian Union of Islamic Radio and Television and the International Union of Virtual Media. “Bayan Gostar staff planned to influence the election by exploiting corporate issues in the United States, including the Covid-19 pandemic, and disparaging American politicians,” the Treasury said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran , which it Iran denounced the sanctions as illegal and said it would impose legal restrictions on American Also, few of the Iranian entities being targeted are likely to have U.S. assets that can be frozen, and

“ Iran ’s strong rejection of American officials’ repetitive, baseless The Swiss envoy was summoned over the matter as Switzerland represents US interests in Iran because Washington and Tehran share no The Iranian mission to the UN likewise commented on the issue, with its spokesman, Alireza

Sanction of the Iranian ambassador in Iraq

The United States also imposed sanctions on Thursday on the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, accused of "trying to destabilize Iraq" as general of the Guardians of the Revolution, the ideological army of Tehran. According to the US Treasury, the diplomat was a "close advisor" to Qassem Soleimani , the head of the Quds Force, the elite unit in charge of the Revolutionary Guards' external operations, killed in January by an American strike .

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deal “During his decades of service with the organization, Masjedi oversaw a training and support program for Iraqi militias, and led or supported groups responsible for attacks that killed and wounded members of American and international forces in Iraq, ”the Treasury said in a statement. As ambassador, he "concealed financial transfers for the benefit of the Quds Force", he added.

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Election workers in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday. Intelligence officials have expressed concern about Russian WASHINGTON — While senior Trump administration officials said this week that Iran has been But American officials expect that if the presidential race is not called on election night

Both Iran and Russia denied the accusations of election interference . " Iran 's strong rejection of American officials' repetitive, baseless and false claims was conveyed to the Swiss ambassador [who represents US interests in Tehran]," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told state

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