President Obama, who officially ends his term on January 20, is ending his second term with a forceful demand, ordering a “full review” of any possible hacking of the November 8 election, the White House said Friday, reported Politico.
The announcement follows the news that Congressional Democrats have formally filed a motion for declassification of any intelligence materials that may shed light on attempts by foreign hackers to disrupt last month’s general election.
The President has ordered a “deep dive” into the cyber attacks that plagued this year’s election,” White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said.
Schultz did say the review would not spare any country that has digitally meddled in a U.S. election, adding that the administration will “make public as much as we can.”
Just days before the November 8 election, 17 different intelligence agencies within the U.S. government revealed they had found evidence that high-ranking officials within the Russian government were behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal emails, which were then distributed widely by WikiLeaks.
A joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence announced”
“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”
Democrats are hoping the report will put pressure on the Trump administration to stand up to Russia.
“President-elect Trump, who openly encouraged foreign hackers to target his political opponent in the campaign, has a responsibility to the American people to confront any foreign government’s efforts to undermine American democracy,” Pelosi said in a statement.