Iranian nationals indicted over cyber campaign to influence 2020 election

For over a year, mainstream media outlets and countless politicians have bent over backwards to declare fraud claims related to the 2020 election to be nothing more than far-right conspiracy theories, but in light of a host of recent revelations – including a federal indictment issued last week – it appears that those proclamations were most premature.

According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a pair of Iranian computer hackers succeeded in breaking into a the election system of an unnamed state ahead of the 2020 contests, appropriated voter registration data, and initiated a cyber intimidation effort targeting Republican lawmakers in Congress, officials with the Trump campaign and Democrat voters.

As described by the DOJ, the campaign launched by the two Iranians was designed to “intimidate and influence American voters and otherwise undermine voter confidence and sow discord in connection with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”

The indictment documents themselves outline how Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, secured confidential voter data from the election website of at least one American state, transmitted threatening emails to frighten voters, produced and distributed a video rife with misinformation about election integrity concerns, and even gained access to major media company’s computer network.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen stated, “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.”

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, added, “The United States will never tolerate any foreign actors’ attempts to undermine our free and democratic elections. As a result of the charges unsealed today, and the concurrent efforts of our U.S. government partners, Kazemi and Kashian will forever look over their shoulders as we strive to bring them to justice.”

Both men have been charged with individual counts of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, intimidate voters, and transmit interstate threats, and Kazemi is also charged with a count of unauthorized computer intrusion and one count of computer fraud, according to the DOJ release.

However, as John Solomon of Just the News notes, this indictment is just the latest in a growing series of revelations about election irregularities that have yet to be fully explained or resolved, including allegations of stolen ballots in Michigan and Wisconsin nursing homes, illegal vote harvesting in Arizona, mismanagement of ballot drop boxes, chain of custody concerns in Fulton County, Georgia, and much more.

Despite the repeated – and characteristically condescending – assurances of media pundits and Democrat politicians alike that allegations of potentially outcome determinative fraud were nothing more than the rantings of frustrated conservatives, it increasingly appears that there is much yet to be told about what really happened last November.