The FBI held a brief press conference today at which Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced that both Iran and Russia have taken steps to interfere in the 2020 election.
“First we have confirmed that some voter registriation information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia,” Ratcliffe said at the briefing, which comes less than two weeks before Election Day.
“This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”…
He added that “these actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries. Although we have not seen the same actions from Russia, we are aware that they have obtained some voter information just as they did in 2016.”
Ratcliffe said that Iran had already sent emails out to voters designed to “intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump.” Specifically, Iran is behind an effort to send threatening emails to Democratic voters which appeared to have been send from the Proud Boys: