Obama orders reviews of Russian hacking during election
Trump has consistently said he is not sure there was hacking, and if there was, whether Russia was behind it
Former US President Obama has asked intelligence officials to perform a “full review” of election-related hacking this week, and plans will share a report of its findings with lawmakers before he leaves office on January 20, 2017, The New York Times has reported.
The review will look back to the past three presidential elections, and look for evidence of hacking beyond the already disclosed hacks of Democratic campaign emails that intelligence officials have attributed to Russia.
“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 counter-terrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco told reporters.
The CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia directed the hacking to help Trump win the presidency and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Trump has consistently said he is not sure there was hacking, and if there was, whether Russia was behind it. He told Time magazine in an interview published this week that he did not agree with the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behind the hacks.
“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered,” he said. Asked if the intelligence statements were politically driven, Trump said, “I think so.”