It’s not as if this isn’t something that most of those who keep up with these things didn’t already suspect, but now, President Obama has publicly called out Russia for hacking into the emails of the DNC.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence publicly blamed Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other political organizations this year.
“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the agencies in a joint statement.
The hack and subsequent release of emails from the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and former Secretary of State Colin Powell were widely believed by security experts and many in the intelligence community to be the work of Russian intelligence.
The Obama administration charges the Russian government with deliberately attempting to interfere with a U.S. election.
The Russian government has previously denied any involvement.
It’s an interesting, if not concerning development.
Relations with Russia have broken down over allegiances in Syria, and the prevailing belief is that Russian President Vladimir Putin would much rather deal with a President Trump in 2017, due to Trump’s seemingly positive feelings for the Russian strongman.
It is unclear what actions the administration will take next.