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US Agencies Warn Of Interference Attempts Ahead Of Midterm Elections

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US Agencies Warn Of Interference Attempts Ahead Of Midterm Elections
National security agencies issued a joint statement saying they're "concerned" about election meddling campaigns from Russia, China and Iran.
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Just weeks away from the November midterm elections, U.S. national security agencies are warning about "ongoing" attempts to interfere in the U.S. election process.  

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Homeland Security issued a joint statement Friday, saying they're concerned countries like Russia, China and Iran are running meddling campaigns. 

They cautioned that social media and English-language outlets may be used to spread disinformation about political candidates and influence voter decisions in the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections.  

To be clear, the federal government said it doesn't currently have any evidence that the actual voting process has or will be disrupted. 

Election meddling has been a hot topic for the intelligence community following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and officials have warned that the 2018 midterm elections would be a target for that kind of activity. 

Two of the countries listed in the statement, China and Russia, have denied interference in U.S. elections.