Oyogist.com learnt that Iran and Russia secretly obtained information about American voter registrations in an attempt to influence the public about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, national security officials said last night.
John Ratcliffe in a press conference said thus;
“Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion related to our elections,
“First we have confirmed that some voter registration 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.”
Also, Ratcliffe noted that, Iran has been sending “spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President” Donald Trump image in the election.
“Additionally Iran is distributing other content to include a video that implies that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots even from overseas,” he said.
“This video and any claims about such allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true,” Ratcliffe noted.
He added that “these actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries. Even if the adversaries pursue further attempts to intimidate or attempt to undermine voter confidence, know that our election systems are resilient and you can be confident that your votes are secure.
“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.