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Top U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have joined together to warn Americans about attempts by Russia, Iran, and other foreign “adversaries” to interfere with next year’s presidential election. reports citing foreign media that U.S. officials have in the past warned that Russia, Iran, and other countries could attempt to influence the result of the November 2020 presidential vote.

Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly denied the allegations.

Russia has also rejected accusations it had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The latest statement was released by Attorney General Bill Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command commander and National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs.

They said interference in next year's election could be accomplished through “social media campaigns, directing disinformation operations, or conducting disruptive or destructive cyberattacks on state and local infrastructure.”

To be prepared, there is now an “unprecedented level of coordination” between the U.S. government and officials in all 50 states, as well as people in the private sector to “identify threats, broadly share information, and protect the democratic process,” it said.

After the vote, then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign powers sought to influence voters, but there were no signs that the election results were compromised by the attempts.

2019.11.06 / 17:12
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