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Friday, March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday.

Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared with lawmakers and others.

“The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process … and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress,” Monaco said during an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Monaco said cyber attacks were not new but might have crossed a “new threshold” this year.

When she was working as a senior FBI official in 2008, she said, the agency alerted the presidential campaigns of then-Senator Obama and Republican Senator John McCain that China had infiltrated their respective systems.

“We’ve seen in 2008 and in this last election system malicious cyber activity,” Monaco said.

In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.

Asked if Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team was not concerned enough about Russia’s influence on the election or about other threats to the United States such as infectious disease outbreaks, Monaco said it was too soon to say.

As a presidential candidate, Trump praised Putin and called on Russia to dig up missing emails from his opponent, Hillary Clinton, from her time as secretary of state under fellow Democrat Obama.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

IMAGE: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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5 responses to “Obama Orders Review Of Election-Related Hacking”

  1. jmprint says:

    I have deep suspicions that they hacked some system, where the vote was won by small amounts, they didn’t want to look to obvious, but I bet they were hacked and some republicans are aware of this.

  2. sigrid28 says:

    So Russia hacked American institutions to elect Donald Trump. HRC was right: He is Putin’s puppet. Trump lost it after she said that in the debate. Now Trump is in a much worse position, even though he won. The report Obama has ordered to come out just before Trump takes office will show just how beholden Trump is to Vladimir Putin, demonstrating beyond a doubt that Trump’s election as president is not legitimate and casting a veil of suspicion on every choice he makes while he is in office. This is a story that will dog him throughout his presidency.

  3. Budjob says:

    Christ,I hope that Obama doesn’t seek the help of the FBI in this investigation.Comey,is complicit in this hack!

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