Intel director reveals Iranian government-linked actors fund and incite anti-Israel protests on US soil

The top U.S. intel official is warning that “actors tied to Iran’s government” are providing funding and stoking anti-Israel protests on U.S. soil in an “increasingly aggressive” campaign. 

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines on Tuesday issued a statement warning U.S. citizens of “concerning Iranian activity” and that Iranian government actors have sought to “opportunistically take advantage” of anti-Israel protests.

“Iran is becoming increasingly aggressive in their foreign influence efforts, seeking to stoke discord and undermine confidence in our democratic institutions, as we have seen them do in the past, including in prior election cycles,” she said. “They continue to adapt their cyber and influence activities, using social media platforms and issuing threats.”

Haines claimed that in recent weeks, people with the Iranian government have sought to take advantage of anti-Israeli protests in an opportunistic fashion, using a “playbook” the U.S. government is familiar with. 

“We have observed actors tied to Iran’s government posing as activists online, seeking to encourage protests, and even providing financial support to protesters,” she said. 

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