World News – GB – FBI says Iran, Russia have information on US voters


css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} US national security officials have reported that Iran is responsible for sending threatening emails to Democratic voters

The emails appeared to be from a pro-Trump far-right group and were intended to « incite unrest, » said Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe

M Ratcliffe also said US officials found that Iran and Russia obtained « voter registration information »

M Ratcliffe said Iran’s « bogus emails » claimed to be sent by the Proud Boys in order to « intimidate voters, incite unrest and harm » President Donald Trump

He added that voter data could be used in an attempt to « communicate false information to registered voters which they hope will wreak havoc and undermine your confidence in American democracy »

M Ratcliffe said officials « hadn’t seen the same actions from Russia » but knew they had voter information

In many states, voter data is available on request, although each state has different requirements on who can request voter information, what data is available, and how that data could be used, depending on the jurisdiction. National Conference of State Legislatures

« If you receive an intimidating or manipulative email in your inbox, don’t worry and spread it, » M said. Ratcliffe, calling on actions to influence US voters « desperate attempts by desperate opponents »

FBI Director Christopher Wray joined M Ratcliffe at the press conference He said America’s electoral systems were always secure and « resilient »

« You need to be sure that your vote counts, » said M Wray « Early and unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a fair amount of skepticism »

Officials did not give further details on how the election data was obtained or what the Russians might do with the information

The emails in question were addressed to registered Democratic voters in several states, including the key battlefield of Florida, and urging them to vote for M Trump – or

« You’ll vote Trump on Election Day or we’ll come after you, » the emails said, according to US media

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