Iranian news agencies said that the US government had seized several Iranian media websites and sites belonging to groups affiliated with Iran
If Raisi does succeed Khamenei, this would be the first major opportunity for change in Iran, for better or for worse.
The competition has become de facto limited to seven candidates, most notably Ebrahim Raisi, one of the most prominent close associates of the Iranian leader, Khamenei.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state, has repeatedly ruled out negotiations with the United States.
The front-runner in a carefully vetted field is Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge seen by analysts and insiders as representing the security establishment at its most fearsome.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now 82 years old, meaning that it is possible the ayatollah could pass away during the next president's term.
"Some candidates were wronged. They were accused of untrue things that were unfortunately spread throughout the internet too," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Tehran has returned to its earliest position that the US must make all concessions in lifting sanctions first, with it only ceasing nuclear violations afterward.
To date there is no clear candidate from the reformist camp, and anyone too popular might be disqualified by Iran’s Guardian Council.
Historically, Iranian presidents have had very little impact on either domestic or foreign policy. He cannot make change. In effect, the president has limited power with an impressive title.