Russia and Iran tried to disrupt 2020 election, U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L) during their meeting at the Grand Kremlin Palace on March 28, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.

Russia and Iran both carried out operations to attempt to interfere in the 2020 governmental election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, according to a U.S. intelligence report released Tuesday.

The U.S. intelligence community also figured out that China did not try to alter the outcome of the 2020 races, and stated there are no indicators that foreign stars tried to alter U.S. tallies or vote tabulation, the report states.

The assessment was released as the Biden administration works to reinforce relationships with key U.S. allies in order to mount pressure on Russia and Iran.

Tehran and Moscow have formerly denied any participation in attempting to influence U.S. elections.

But the report stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin licensed “affect operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting previous President Trump, undermining public self-confidence in the electoral process, and worsening sociopolitical divisions in the United States.”

One of Moscow’s key methods, the report stated, was to use Russian intelligence-linked proxies to spread deceptive claims and narratives among specific U.S. media outlets and people– “consisting of some near to former President Trump and his administration.”

Those plans were put in action by “a variety of Russian federal government organizations,” according to the report.

Iran, on the other hand, “carried out a multi-pronged hidden influence campaign intended to damage previous President Trump’s reelection prospects– though without directly promoting his competitors– undermine public confidence in the electoral process and United States organizations, and sow division and intensify social stress in the United States,” according to the report.

Intelligence experts also found that China, which was formerly thought to be broadening its U.S. influence efforts, eventually did not deploy operations to affect the result of the Trump-Biden election.

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