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Russian hackers targeted election officials just days before presidential vote

Vladimir Putin

If there was any question before that Russia was not involved in influencing the 2016 presidential election, this puts the nail in that coffin. Also, Vladimir Putin is definitely a liar.

Russian government hackers carried out a cyberattack against one U.S. voting software vendor last August and launched a spear-phishing attack targeting local U.S. organizations days before the 2016 U.S. election, according to a highly classified report within the National Security Agency.

Last week, Putin flatly denied any Russian attempt to hack the U.S. election. This seems not true, in light of these newly leaked documents. The Intercept writes:

“The assessment concluded with high confidence that the Kremlin ordered an extensive, multi-pronged propaganda effort ‘to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.'”

The documents do not discuss whether or not these attempts impacted the election. All the same, this is the most glaring proof yet that Russia and Vladimir Putin tried to meddle with U.S. politics.

A federal government contractor with top security clearance is being charged for leaking classified materials to a news outlet, the Department of Justice announced in a press release Monday.

Last month, the contractor — Reality Leigh Winner — allegedly “printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information” before mailing the materials to an unnamed online news outlet a few days later, according to prosecutors.

Winner, a 25-year-old contractor with Pluribus International Corporation, began working for a government agency based in Georgia in February.

The FBI obtained a warrant over the weekend to search Winner’s home, where she admitted to intentionally removing classified materials, retaining them, and then mailing them to the news outlet, according to the release.

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