Detectives discovered Iran lagged an online drive to incite deadly violence against FBI Director Chris Wray and other authorities who refuted President Trump and his advocates’ baseless election claims, the Washington Pos t first reported Tuesday.
Why it matters: The FBI’s findings on the “ Enemies of individuals” site, which outlets report consisted of authorities’ addresses and other individual information with photos of them featuring crosshairs, show Iran has actually attempted to trigger discord in the U.S. before and after the election.
Details: Other targets on the now-defunct website and associated social media posts include previous election security official Chris Krebs, who was fired by Trump after debunking election misinformation, alongside false claims about the outcome, WashPost notes.
- Likewise featured were 2 GOP governors who licensed President-elect Joe Biden’s win: Arizona’s Doug Ducey and Georgia’s Brian Kemp, per the Wall Street Journal
- Disinformation was likewise spread out on the site against voting maker companies, with far-right social media users requiring a 20- year-old Dominion Ballot Systems employee’s “jail time, torture or execution,” with one post including an “animated picture of a hanging noose,” WashPost reports.
Of note: Another Dominion employee is taking legal action against the Trump project and others for spreading out false conspiracy theories, while Kemp said last week that pro-Trump conspiracy theorists had threatened his household
What they’re saying: WashPost obtained a statement from the FBI sent to officials featured on the site saying it had “highly reputable info suggesting Iranian advanced relentless risk stars were almost certainly responsible for the development” of the site “containing death risks focused on U.S. election officials in mid-December 2020.”
- The FBI did not immediately react to Axios’ ask for remark.
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