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President Barack Obama ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking during the presidential election in the United States. “ “We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,”
Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland-security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. President Obama wants the report before the end of his tenure on January 20, Monaco previewed.
The President earlier this weekend instructed the intelligence community to conduct “a full review of the pattern of the malicious cyber activity related to the presidential election cycle,” deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said on December 9.
The intelligence community officially accused Moscow of seeking “to interfere in the election through the hacking of ‘political organizations.’ The statement did not specify which party, but it “was clear officials were referring to cyber-intrusions into the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic Party group.”
The Washington Post says, “The review comes as President-elect Donald Trump has again dismissed the intelligence community’s findings about Russian hacking and meddling. “I don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, “could be Russia. It could be China. And it could be some guy in New Jersey.”
In 2008, there were intrusions in both Obama and McCain campaigns. There have not been any known episodes in 2012, but the president asked to go back on what we know now to ensure that using every tool possible, as a means of due diligence, Schultz explained. Deputy press secretary of the White House said, “And of course in 2016 our intelligence determined there was malicious cyber activity with intention to interfere with our elections.”