President Barack Obama has ordered a full review of possible election-related hacking. Obama expects to have the report completed “before he leaves office” next month, Politico reported Friday. Though whether the report will be publicly shared has not been announced, a top White House official said Friday that the results would be shared with stakeholders.
“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,” Lisa Monaco, homeland security adviser, told Politico and other reporters Friday.
Back in October, the Obama administration issued a statement asserting it was “confident” that Russia was behind a series of election-related security breaches. “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,” a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and James Clapper said at the time. “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there.”