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American Anti-Trump Group Helped Iranian Election Interference Go Viral

Rick Wilson's The Lincoln Project promoted voter disinformation campaign on Twitter

 on 23rd October 2020 @ 12.00am
rick wilson s anti trump group  the lincoln project  helped spread iran s election interference campaign © press
Rick Wilson's anti-Trump group 'The Lincoln Project' helped spread Iran's election interference campaign

An American anti-Trump group helped an Iranian election interference campaign to go viral on social media, according to reports.

The Lincoln Project, led by Republican "Never Trumper" Rick Wilson, promoted a disinformation campaign on Twitter that U.S. intelligence officials have revealed was being run by Iran.

The political group appears to have helped the Iranian effort to interfere in the coming U.S. presidential election that sought to sway voters away from President Donald Trump.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that federal authorities concluded Iran was behind a string of threatening emails targeting Democratic voters in swing states.

The email senders claimed to be members of the Proud Boys, a fringe right-wing group.

The campaign sought to frighten people into voting Democrat by sending “spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump.”

fbi director christopher wray and and dni john ratcliffe announced the iranian election interference campaign on wednesday © press
FBI Director Christopher Wray and and DNI John Ratcliffe announced the Iranian election interference campaign on Wednesday

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed the Iranian efforts during a surprise press conference Wednesday evening.

Ratcliffe told reporters that “we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump.

"You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails.”

The Lincoln Project helped the Iranian misinformation go viral on social media, according to The Daily Caller.

the lincoln project promoted iran s effort on twitter then attempted to cover its tracks by deleting the post © press
The Lincoln Project promoted Iran's effort on Twitter then attempted to cover its tracks by deleting the post

The group helped the Iranian campaign garner more than 12,000 retweets by amplifying the false claim that the Proud Boys were trying to intimidate Democratic voters.

“The Proud Boys are attempting to scare voters away from the polls,” the Lincoln Project tweet said.

"This is punishable by up to a year in jail and a blatant attempt to prevent people from voting.

"Let’s find them and make them famous."

The political group, which was founded by anti-Trump Republican consultants, deleted the tweet Wednesday night.

Iran has previously been caught running anti-Trump influence campaigns.

Iran used hundreds of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts to run an anti-Trump, pro-Bernie Sanders propaganda effort, the two companies announced in August 2018. 

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