09 May 2021,   06:07
US intelligence chief says Iran, Russia have tried to meddle in 2020 election

US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that Russia and Iran have both tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.

Ratcliffe made the announcements at a hastily arranged news conference that also included FBI Director Chris Wray.

“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately, by Russia”, - Ratcliffe said.

He added that government officials “have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump”.

Ratcliffe was referring to emails sent Wednesday and designed to look like they came from the pro-Trump Proud Boys group, according to government sources.

U.S. intelligence agencies previously warned that Iran might interfere to hurt Trump and that Russia was trying to help him in the election.