Russia, China and Iran are influencing US midterm elections, – FBI

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Russia, China and Iran influence midterm elections to the US Congress, – FBI

Teams from China are creating memes on social media that make fun of Joe Biden, and Russia is ramping up conspiracy theories, according to intelligence agencies. The Iranians are more creative – they are changing the narratives about the integrity of the elections.

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Organizations close to the authorities of Russia, China and Iran are spreading disinformation about the integrity of the elections in the United States. This was stated by senior FBI officials in conversations with reporters from CNN.

An explosion of conspiracy theories is observed on the eve of the November midterm elections to Congress. Russia is trying to amplify discussions on social media, not create new content, commented a member of the FBI Foreign Influence Task Force.

FBI representatives drew attention to the recent closure of Facebook pages from China. They published memes ridiculing US leader Joe Biden and Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

China will interfere with candidates who are hostile to Beijing, the Associated Press noted.

According to FBI officials , China will focus not on distorting the election results, but on creating false political perspectives at the state and local levels.

US intelligence officials say that following Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, some governments have shown interest in changing public opinion in the US.

How is Iran operating?

Iranian influence groups are changing narratives about the integrity of the US elections and act very inventively, admits a senior intelligence official.

Tehran-linked teams posed as representatives of the far-right neo-fascist men's organization Proud Boys during the 2020 US presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.

The Iranians, according to the FBI, thought of creating a website and call for violence against representatives of the US Electoral Commission.

It is difficult for American intelligence agencies to work with foreign agents of influence due to the difficult political situation in the United States. Candidates themselves doubt the integrity of the election, sources interviewed admit.

According to an FBI Cyber ​​​​Department spokesman, there are no data on hacking campaigns specifically targeting the midterm congressional elections. The FBI is concerned that attackers may spread and amplify false information about the electoral process, the official said.

“It is important for Americans to understand that such statements will not prevent them from voting,” the source of the channel concluded.

< p> The German media wrote about sending a secret service agent to Germany to participate in the elections to the Bundestag. The special agent arrived from Moscow to the Russian Embassy in Berlin on the eve of the elections.