Politics Russia and Iran are using ‘voter registration’ data to interfere in 2020 election, U.S. officials say

03:45  22 october  2020
03:45  22 october  2020 Source:   nydailynews.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 He added that the voter data could be used in attempts to "communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will sow confusion

U . S . officials warned that Iran and Russia are attempting to interfere with the presidential election , allowing the spread of false information. “We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran , and separately by Russia ,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe

Russia and Iran have obtained “voter registration information” on American citizens and are using it in their separate schemes to influence next month’s presidential election, the Trump administration’s top intelligence officials said Wednesday.

In a hastily arranged press conference at Justice Department headquarters, John Ratcliffe, the director of the Office of National Intelligence, said the two countries are using the data to target individual voters with “false information” to “cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy."

Ratcliffe, who was handpicked to his post by President Trump despite having no previous intelligence experience, notably didn’t divulge Russia’s motivations for stealing the data. He did, however, shed light on Iran’s alleged motives.

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U . S . intelligence warns of election interference by China, Russia and Iran . "Our election should be our own. Foreign efforts to influence or interfere with our elections are a direct threat to the Russian officials are "spreading claims about corruption" to try to "undermine" Biden and the Democratic Party

The US intelligence community' s top election security official said in a statement Friday that China "prefers" an outcome where President Donald Evanina came under fire from Democratic leaders last month when he last issued a warning about efforts by Russia , China and Iran to interfere in the

Rep. John Ratcliffe wearing a suit and tie: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. © Andrew Harnik Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. (Andrew Harnik/)

“We have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump,” Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe said Russia has “obtained some voter information just like they did in 2016," but didn’t elaborate beyond that.

The omission is notable, since the U.S. intelligence community has previously concluded that Russia is interfering in the election to help Trump and hurt Joe Biden.

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