National security officials: Iran, Russia have obtained voter registration data

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas breaks down the warning from officials that Iran and Russia have obtained U.S. voter registration in an effort to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
2:15 | 10/22/20

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Transcript for National security officials: Iran, Russia have obtained voter registration data
Good evening I'm juju Chang in for Lindsey Davis thanks for streaming with us. We begin in Washington tonight where we are following some breaking news. A hastily arranged on announced government news conference on election security they're warning to Americans tonight. For an adversaries may reach out directly to voters with election miss information. FBI director Chris for ray and Director of National Intelligence John Radcliffe had this to say just a short time ago. We would like to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors Iran and Russia. Have taken specific actions. To influence public opinion. Relating to our elections. First we have confirmed that some voter registration information. Has been obtained by Iran. And separately. By Russia. You should be confident that your vote counts. Early unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a healthy. Dose of skepticism. We encourage everyone to seek election and voting information from reliable sources namely your state election officials. And to be thoughtful. Careful and discerning consumers of information. Online. And now let's bring in Pierre Thomas from the Justice Department live in Washington Pierre what are your main takeaways. The concerning thing here is at the federal government intelligence officials are alleging that two foreign governments. Now have access to voter registration information and Molly involving American citizens. There's a real concern that now these governments can reach out directly to American voters. And try to use disinformation. Try to intimidate them the dating now have direct access to voters in an upcoming election that could be hotly contested. The other things you Judy is this. The they're saying that Iran has already use the some of this information to sit out spoofing email some of it directed at president trump. They say the Russians have not yet utilizing information that they apparently have access to but given the level of Russian involvement between sixteen there's real concern that they could. Try to get involved by using this information yet again. Here Thomas.

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