On Wednesday night, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe called a news conference to warn Americans that foreign adversaries were actively interfering in the U.S. elections. Ratcliffe noted that two countries, Russia and Iran, have launched efforts to influence the course of the elections. That Russia would be involved in interference efforts is not surprising. After all, Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections is well documented, and the Kremlin remains the key threat to the current elections. But the assessment that Iran was active alongside Russia quickly raised eyebrows.

While Ratcliffe’s revelations raise many questions, the fact that Iran would seek to interfere with the U.S. elections shouldn’t come as a surprise. This falls in line with Iran’s long-standing goal to undermine democracy at home and abroad.

The Washington Post

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