President Barack Obama has ordered a “full review” of all election-related hacking activity and expects a report before Donald Trump is sworn in, according to Obama counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco.
“We may be 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 this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned,” Monaco said on Friday, according to Politico.
Monaco spoke to reporters at a breakfast arranged by the Christian Science Monitor.
Many intelligence officials and political pundits have blamed Russia for pre-election hacking in order to help Trump win the election.
“That’s going to be first and foremost a determination that’s made by the intelligence community,” Monaco said, according to Politico. “We want to do so very attentive to not disclosing sources and methods that may impede our ability to identify and attribute malicious actors in the future.”
At one point during the campaign, a new batch of emails belonging to Clinton campaign president John Podesta seemed to hit WikiLeaks everyday. The stolen messages were often discredited by Democrats because they may have been stolen by Russia. There are thousands of documents and WikiLeaks allows readers to search Podesta’s emails by key term, file name or even user email address.
Additionally, the Democratic National Committee was hacked last July and Wikileaks published thousands of damaging emails that exposed the committee’s bias toward Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders. The leaked emails led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was accused of conspiring with party officials to thwart Sanders’ campaign. This is also thought by many to be a result of Russian hackers.
Politico reported that “several Democratic senators have asked Obama to declassify more details about the attacks and why the U.S. concluded the Russians were behind them.”
The site said Monaco mentioned that the report will be shared with a “range of stakeholders” but wouldn’t commit to making it public.