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The US is investigating alleged secret Russian operations trying to mess with the election


Even the hint of something impacting the security of our election system would be of significant concern.
Anonymous intelligence official

U.S. intelligence officials are investigating what they believe to be a Russian campaign to mess with the 2016 election and foster distrust in political entities, according to The Washington Post. But there's not any "definitive proof" that such a campaign exists, an anonymous source told the Post.

Sources told the Post the Russian cyber-operation appears to be global and focuses strongly on former Soviet Union nations.

Again, there's not a lot of proof as to exactly what Russia is doing. But the evidence that exists was enough to leave Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) "deeply shaken," an aide told the Post.

Russia has been strongly linked to cyberattacks against the U.S. such as the Democratic National Committee email hack. But the government hasn't officially said Russia was behind it.

The US is investigating alleged secret Russian operations trying to mess with the election

Obama condemned the "Wild Wild West" nature of cyberattacks between the two nations in a press conference Monday.

This is going to take a cross-domain response diplomatic, political and economic that turns the screws on Putin and his cronies.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)

"We've seen an unprecedented intrusion and an attempt to influence or disrupt our political process," Rep Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told the Post. Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. 

Putin has denied any wrongdoing, but called the DNC hack a service to the public.

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