The FBI now claims Russia and Iran obtained voter registration data—but gave no explanation as to who it impacted—and that Iranian hackers posted as the “Proud Boys” to threaten Democrats into voting for Trump…
Just a few months after an anonymous report warned that foreign countries would attempt to influence the results of the 2020 election, the FBI now claims they have proof. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe alleged that Russia and Iran gained access to voter registration data—but gave no explanation as to how that happened, who it impacted, or what information was involved.
“First, we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sew chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy,” said US Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe.
He then went on to claim that hackers from Iran were behind emails sent to voters in battleground states like Florida, where they posed as members of the Far-Right group, the Proud Boys—and warned Democrats to vote for President Trump, or else. Ratcliffe said, “To that end, we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump. You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours, or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails.”
Iran, which lost its top military general after he was assassinated by the US earlier this year, and has been the target of heavy sanctions from the Trump Administration, was quick to deny the claims that it was doing anything to influence the outcome of the US election. In a statement, the spokesperson for the Iranian mission to the UN said, “Unlike the US, Iran does not interfere in other country’s elections.” He said the world has been witnessing Washington’s own “desperate public attempts to question the outcome of its own elections at the highest level.”
Russia, which is no stranger to accusations of election interference that are never followed up with actual evidence — also denied the claims. Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for President Putin, responded to reporters by saying, “The accusations are poured out every day. They are all absolutely groundless, they are not based on anything, rather it is a tribute to the internal political processes associated with the upcoming election.”
Now, US intelligence officials did not say if those fake emails had led any voters to change their minds about who they were voting for. They also didn’t explain why they claim they weren’t able to protect voter information, when the Intelligence Community was funded to the tune of nearly $63 BILLION dollars in 2020 alone.