The Obama administration has directed the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the 2016 election process, driven by concerns about Russian meddling, said Lisa Monaco, the president’s top counterterrorism adviser.
With reports of “malicious cyberactivity” during the election cycle, Ms. Monaco said Friday at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, “we may have crossed into a new threshold – and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that.” By conducting an “after action” report, she added, the administration can better “understand what this means … and to impart those lessons learned.”
The Obama administration publicly blamed Russia in October for orchestrating a high-level campaign to interfere with US elections by targeting the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations with digital attacks and releasing stolen information publicly.
President Obama expects to receive the report before leaving office, which will include recommendations on how best to “impose costs” on Russia for hacking, as the administration has promised to do – but hasn’t yet disclosed how.
Monaco said the report will go to a “range of stakeholders to include Congress” but may not be released publicly. “That’s going to be first and foremost a determination that’s made by the intelligence community,” she said. “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.”