US Not Ruling Out Future Release of Probe Details of Alleged Russia Hacking
21:47 08.12.2016(updated 22:19 08.12.2016)
The United States may disclose additional information concerning the investigation into alleged cyberattacks carried out by Russian hackers during 2016 US presidential election, White House spokesman Josh Easnest said in a press briefing on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The release of the Podesta emails during the US elections, and the fact that WikiLeaks had not released any material on the Republican Party, led to allegations that the initial hacks were the work of people aligned to the Russian government, and that WikiLeaks were working with these alleged Russian hackers to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president.
The US government officially blamed Russia for deploying the hackers to meddle with the US election, Clinton campaign spokesperson Glen Chaplin described WikiLeaks as a Russian "propaganda arm," while Clinton herself went a step further and blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the hacks.
"If there are additional intelligence conclusions that can be released, I would not rule out future public releases of information about this matter," Earnest stated. "We are going to continue to cooperate with Congress, there some classified materials of this analysis that can be shared with this members."
The White House will hold further briefings for the US Congress and its oversight committees on the provision of information with regards to Russian intelligence activities, Earnest noted.
On November 30, six Democrats on the US Senate Intelligence Committee wrote a letter to outgoing President Barack Obama urging him to declassify details of the alleged Russian intrusions in the US presidential election.
Another seven Democrats sent a similar request to Obama on Wednesday, requesting a classified briefing on the matter.
Russia has repeatedly denied allegations by US officials of involvement in the US election. Russian officials have called the allegations absurd and an attempt to distract US voters from domestic issues as well as instances of corruption and other forms of wrongdoing revealed by WikiLeaks.
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