World News – CA – Anti-Trump Lincoln Project shared content that the United States later identified as Iranian disinformation

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The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican political action committee, shared content on Twitter about supporters of the president who intelligence officials were later called Iranian disinformation

The messages, which cited emails threatening Democratic voters who allegedly came from the right-wing Proud Boys group, were in fact part of an influence operation generated by the Islamic Republic, according to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray

The pair discussed efforts earlier this week by Iran and Russia to influence voters in the presidential election

« The Proud Boys are trying to dissuade voters from going to the polls, » the Lincoln Project tweeted Wednesday, referring to a Florida outlet which first reported on the « threatening emails » sent to voters before the FBI announces its findings

The Lincoln Project added that the punishment for such a crime is to spend « up to one year in prison »

« Let’s find them and make them famous » wrote the PAC The tweet has since been deleted

Some media also highlighted the emails Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio denied that the group was behind the messages, according to the Washington Post, and the FBI findings supported his statement

« PBS Newshour » White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor shared the Post article explaining the bullying campaign on Wednesday without stating that the emails came from Iran

Ratcliffe, who became director of national intelligence in May after serving as a Republican congressman from Texas, told a press conference Wednesday night that the Iranian email campaign was « designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and harm President Trump »

Other media rejected the idea that the influence campaign was launched to harm the president

Congressional legal analyst Daniel Goldman tweeted that « the emails ostensibly came from the Proud Boys – Trump supporters who ‘stand by’ – threatening Democratic voters, » asking, « How is that would he harm Trump?  »

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World News – CA – The anti-Trump Lincoln Project shared content that the United States later identified as Iranian disinformation


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