Tuesday 20 August 2019

Barack Obama orders 'full review' into claims election was hacked by Russia

US intelligence officials have accused Russia of trying to interfere in last month's election by hacking into Democratic officials' email accounts
US intelligence officials have accused Russia of trying to interfere in last month's election by hacking into Democratic officials' email accounts

Feliks Garcia

President Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of election-related hacking that many believe affected the outcome of the 2016 election.

"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," said Lisa Monaco, Mr Obama's counterterrorism and homeland security adviser.

Intelligence and national security officials were told to report their findings to the president before he leaves office on January 20, Mr Obama's counter-terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said.

US intelligence officials have accused Russia of trying to interfere in last month's election by hacking into Democratic officials' email accounts.

Mr Obama has raised his concerns about Russia's involvement directly with President Vladimir Putin.

Many Democrats believe the embarrassing disclosures in emails stolen from Democratic Party officials and a Hillary Clinton campaign aide's account benefited Republican Donald Trump.

Democratic senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee have asked Mr Obama to declassify more information about Russia's alleged role in the hacks.

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