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Iranian Hackers Stole US Voter Data, Pretended To Be Proud Boys To Disrupt 2020 Election

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Two members of an Iranian hacking group allegedly accessed confidential US voting information in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

The two suspects, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian worked for the cybersecurity company Emennet Pasargad that has worked with the Iranian government, according to the prosecutors.

“The two suspects, who were indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan federal court, downloaded confidential voter data from 100,000 voters in an unnamed state in September and October 2020, prosecutors said,” the New York Post reported. “They then used the data in an attempt to intimidate voters by sending out threatening emails while posing as members of the far-right group the Proud Boys, according to the indictment.”

“You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure,” the email stated. “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply.”

The prosecutors additionally alleged that the hackers sent messages to members of the Trump campaign, Republican lawmakers, and members of the media saying that Democrats were altering mail-in ballots and registering fake voters.

“The hackers also gained access to an unidentified media company’s computer network, and sought to use it to further spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election,” the New York Post added. “The hackers’ attempt to use the media outlet’s network was thwarted by the FBI and the company itself, prosecutors said.”

The two men were charged with computer fraud, conspiracy, voter intimidation, and transmission of interstate threats.

Kashian faces up to 11 years in prison for his charges. Kazemi faces additional charges, including computer intrusion and damaging a protected computer, and is facing up to 26 years in prison.

“The United States will never tolerate any foreign actors’ attempts to undermine our free and democratic elections,” Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. “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.”

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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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