World News – US – FBI says Iran is behind threatening emails to Florida Democrats


Iranian intelligence services were responsible for a recent campaign of emails sent to intimidate Florida voters, the FBI announced on Wednesday evening, adding that Russia was also working to influence the election

The emails, which ominously asked Florida Democratic voters to switch to the Republican Party, claimed to be from the Proud Boys, the right-wing group of Trump supporters who became a flashpoint in the first presidential debate

But the emails were in fact « forged » and were designed « to incite social unrest and harm President Trump, » said John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence Ratcliffe didn’t explain how the emails hurt Trump as they urged Democrats to switch to the Republican Party

Many states, including Florida, make voter information, including their names and party affiliations, readily available to members of the public who request it

At the same press conference, FBI Director Christopher Wray said there was still no way for Iranian or Russian intelligence to change Americans’ votes

Iran has stepped up its influence operations online in recent years, often following Russia’s handbook to create partisan news sites that support the Iranian government’s worldview – like the opposition to Israel and Trump – with little traction

But the operation, a more active trick to falsely accuse some of Trump’s most infamous supporters, represents a new front for Iranian operations, said John Hultquist, who leads the cybersecurity firm’s intelligence analysis Mandiant

« This incident marks a fundamental shift in our understanding of Iran’s willingness to interfere in the democratic process, » Hultquist said in an email « While many of their operations have focused on promoting propaganda in pursuit of Iran’s interests, this incident is clearly aimed at undermining voter confidence. »

US Election officials have repeatedly said that the government’s actions ahead of the 2020 election in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election will make it the safest in modern history


World News – United States – FBI Says Iran Behind Threatening Emails Sent to Florida Democrats



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