“If you receive an intimidating or manipulative email in your inbox, do not be alarmed and do not spread it,” said the US director of the national secret service on Wednesday.
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Iran has sent emails to American voters to intimidate them in the elections. according to US officials. The warning comes after voters in Alaska, Arizona and Florida reported receiving emails with the subject “Vote Trump or you see see”.
The emails are said to come from the far-right Proud Boys organization and warn the recipient that all personal information, including phone number and address, has fallen into the hands of the group. “You will vote for Trump on election day or we will pursue you,” threaten the messages.
According to US intelligence, however, the emails are actually the work of an Iranian group “intimidating voters, creating social unrest and harming President Trump,” said John Ratcliffe, director of US intelligence. , during a surprise press conference on Wednesday.
“In addition, Iran is distributing other content in order to record a video that implies that people from abroad could cast fraudulent votes,” he added. “This video and all allegations of such allegedly fraudulent ballot papers are not true. These actions are desperate attempts by desperate opponents. “
Iran is not the only one trying to manipulate American voters, however. Ratcliffe also claimed Russia took “specific measures” to influence public opinion during the elections. In particular, US intelligence “confirmed” that foreign actors from both countries received voter registration information, which explains how the Iranian group was able to send messages to US voters by email.
“These dates [de registro de votantes] They can be used by foreign actors to convey false information to registered voters that they hope will create confusion, wreak havoc and undermine their confidence in American democracy, ”he added.
So far, US intelligence has not seen Russia sending fake emails to manipulate American voters. During the brief eight-minute press conference, Ratcliffe also did not go into detail about how the United States determined the involvement of Iran and Russia.
In response, the United States is trying to combat attempts to influence elections with the truth so that the public does not fall for strategies of horror. “Don’t let these efforts have the desired effect,” added Ratcliffe. “If you get an intimidating or manipulative email in your inbox, don’t be alarmed or spread the word. This is not a partisan issue. “