US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says the alleged Russian hacking into the country’s election campaign is posing serious “threats,” calling it “almost unthinkable.” The hacking “raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” Clinton said on Monday.
“We are going to have to take those threats and attacks seriously,” the former secretary of state told reporters traveling with her by airplane between campaign events in the Midwest. “We have to be doubly on guard to protect our electoral system at all levels and we have to make it clear that we’re not going to let anyone interfere with the decisions of the American people,” Clinton said.
On July 22, the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks published thousands of hacked emails obtained from the Democratic National Convention’s servers, exposing an insider effort by DNC officials in favor of Clinton to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the White House. American intelligence agencies said that they had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the hacking.
The attacks caused the FBI to issue a “flash alert” to election officials nationwide earlier last month. The agency urged them to remain vigilant in the face of any similar cyber intrusions. “The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected,” the alert said.
Russia has, however, denied responsibility for hacking the emails of the DNC and a computer network used by Clinton’s campaign. “Moscow has carefully avoided any actions, any words that could be interpreted as direct or indirect influence on the electoral process,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on July 27.