White House warns Iran against meddling in anti-Israel protests

WASHINGTON — The White House accuses Tehran of trying to take advantage of Gaza-related protests in the US and describes such behavior as unacceptable, following a warning by the top US intelligence official that Iran was trying to stoke discord in American society.

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre says freedom of expression is vital to American democracy, but the government also has a duty to warn citizens about foreign influence operations.

“Americans across the political spectrum, acting in good faith, have sought to express their own independent views on the conflict in Gaza. The freedom to express diverse views when done peacefully is essential to our democracy,” she says.

“At the same time, the US government has a duty to warn Americans about foreign malign influences. … We will continue to expose attempts to undermine our democracy in our society just as we are today.”

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