The national director of US intelligence services said on Wednesday that Iran and Russia had obtained information from US voters and were trying to interfere in the November 03 presidential election.
"We want to alert the public that we have identified two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, who have taken specific actions to influence public opinion regarding our elections," said John Ratcliffe during a press conference.
According to the official, both Russia and Iran accessed data from US voters, information that Tehran would have already used to harm President Donald Trump.
"We have already seen Iran sending fake emails with the aim of intimidating voters, inciting social tensions and harming the President," he said.
Regarding Russia, the national director of intelligence services said there was no evidence so far that he had used the information he obtained.
"This data can be used (...) to try to give false information to registered voters, hoping to sow confusion and chaos, and undermine confidence in American democracy," he explained.
Ratcliffe's statements come after Democratic voters in states like Florida or Alaska have received intimidating 'emails' in the past few days, allegedly sent by the far-right group Proud Boys.
The emails, which the United States said were sent by Iran, ordering Democrats to vote for Trump.
At the same press conference, the director of the FBI, the agency charged with ensuring electoral security, said that "there is no tolerance for foreign interference" in US elections.
“We worked for years to build resilience in our electoral infrastructure and today that infrastructure remains strong. (…) You can be confident that your vote counts, ”said Christopher Wray.