Friday, November 18, 2016

Nation state made 'conscious effort to influence US election' by leaking Hillary Clinton's emails, NSA director says

Safe to say these investigations will be quashed when Trump becomes president.

Samuel Osborne
Nov. 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton's emails were leaked to WikiLeaks in a "conscious effort" by a nation state to influence the US election, the director of the National Security Agency has said.

Admiral Michael Rogers, who also commander of the US Cyber Command, told a Wall Street Journal conference the hacking of emails from Ms Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had not been "by chance".

While he did not name the state responsible, his comments came after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security accused Russia of being behind the leaks last month.

"The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organisations," the statement from the two agencies said.

A senior Obama administration official told the Associated Press the US would respond "at a time or place of our choosing," but retaliation would likely not occur publicly.

In response to a question about WikiLeaks, Mr Rogers said: "There should be no doubt in anybody's mind, this was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.

"This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect."

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