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US intelligence officials have discovered that Russia plans to interfere in the November election to help President Donald Trump by “exacerbating disputes around the results” if the race is too close to call, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
The news comes after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said late Wednesday that Russia and Iran are attempting to “influence public opinion” ahead of the election. Ratcliffe focused on Iran and said the Iranian actors sent “spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump.” He did not specify how the emails, which were sent to Democratic voters and threatened them to vote for Trump, were damaging to the president.
The DNI also said Russian and Iranian actors have obtained some voter-registration data, though as ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman noted, most of that information is public anyway and Ratcliffe’s disclosure did not indicate whether any election…