U.S. Publicly Blames Russia for Hacking to Disrupt Elections

  • Only ‘senior-most officials’ could authorize attacks: DHS
  • Announcement raises pressure on Obama to respond in kind

Vladimir Putin.

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The U.S. said publicly for the first time that intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacking of American political groups and leaked stolen material in order to interfere with the Nov. 8 election.

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