Iranian nationals indicted for pretending to be Trump supporters and interfering in 2020 US elections

WASHINGTON, DC – Federal authorities recently indicted two Iranian nationals for their alleged interference with the 2020 United States Presidential Election. (Click Here)

The two Iranians whose indictments were unsealed on November 18th, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian, allegedly conducted what has been described by federal authorities as a cyberwar that had been launched on the American elections system.

The indictment claims that Kazemi and Kashian were able to somehow obtain confidential voter information, made several attempts to invade election-related websites, and sent out threatening emails to victims.

The indictment was made public after Assistant Attorney General Matthew G Olsen released a statement:

“This indictment details how two Iran-based actors waged a targeted, coordinated campaign to erode confidence in the integrity of the U.S. electoral system and to sow discord among Americans. The allegations illustrate how foreign disinformation campaigns operate and seek to influence the American public.”

The US Attorney in Manhattan, New York, Damian Williams, elaborated on the scheme in which the two Iranians have been charged in federal court. Williams said that there was what he referred to as a “coordinated conspiracy” to enter into election-related websites in eleven states.

Williams said that the two were able to succeed and download information on 100,000 voters in one of those states. (Click Here)

Kazemi and Kashian were able to utilize that information and began an email campaign that was designed to play on the fears of the voters for either party.

For instance, if they were sending emails to a Democrat, they pushed the narrative that former President Donald Trump’s supporters were somehow going to forcefully win the 2020 election.

If the emails were to Republicans, Kazemi and Kashian pushed the narrative that the Democratic party was going to steal the election through various means. They also allegedly ordered the Democrats to change party affiliation to Republican and vote for President Trump. (Click Here)

If they failed to do so, they were threatened with bodily harm.

For those that may have been leery of the threats, Kazemi and Kashian claimed they were with the “Proud Boys.” This label would make the average Democrat concerned because, to them, the “Proud Boys” are a racist domestic terrorist organization.

Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner spoke on the issue on the 18th. He said:

“Our intelligence officials have continually warned that other countries would seek to follow Russia’s 2016 playbook.

Today’s charges and sanctions against several Iranians believed to be behind a cyber campaign to intimidate and influence American voters in the 2020 election are further evidence that attempts to interfere in our elections will continue, and we must all be on guard against them.”

Along with the indictment, the United States Treasury Department announced that they were placing financial sanctions on both Kazemi and Kashian, an Iranian cyber company that was involved as well as four of that company’s executives.

While federal authorities do not believe that they are in the United States, they are hoping that freezing the financial assets will at least make it harder for them to leave Iran which is where they are believed to be.

Additionally, the United States is offering up to a $10 million reward for any information “on or about the activities of Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian.”

Federal authorities are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation or the people that are involved to contact your local FBI office, nearest American Embassy, or Consulate.

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