John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, said that Iran and Russia have accessed some U.S. voter registration information and have “taken specific actions to influence public opinion” relating to the election.
Stating that Iran has engaged in voter intimidation by sending spoof emails “designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and hurt President Trump”.
Ratcliffe continued by saying that Iran has distributed videos implying people can cast fraudulent ballots. However, the intelligence community has not seen Russia taking the same action, but the intelligence community will continue to keep their eye on this concern.
Ratcliffe stated that “We will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections.”
This is one of the alleged spoof emails sent to registered U.S. voters by Iran.
The Lincoln Project, which is a political action group of former-Republicans who are against the re-election of U.S. President Trump, earlier promoted the foreign disinformation. The account has since deleted the tweet.
Several media companies reported on these emails prior to the DNI and FBI comments on the situation, without knowing they were spoofed by foreign actors.
More details to come.