President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of “malicious cyber activity” timed to U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.
The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign when China was found to have hacked both the Obama and McCain campaigns, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said at a Friday press briefing.
In the 2016 election, U.S. intelligence officials charged that Russia had interfered. In early October, they released a strongly worded statement saying they were “confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” The statement went on to say “these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”
Shortly after that, WikiLeaks began posting emails hacked from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account. The slow drip of those emails, including transcripts of Clinton’s remarks to Goldman Sachs, hung over the campaign in its closing weeks and proved embarrassing at times. Podesta said he spoke to the FBI about the hacking, and intelligence experts…