ODNI releases additional statement regarding Russian interference in 2016 presidential election

On December 16, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued the following Statement on Requests for Additional Information on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election:

Recently, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has received requests from Members of Congress, several Electors of the Electoral College and the general public for additional information on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

On October 7, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence publicly stated that they were “confident” that the Russian government directed compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions and that these thefts, as well as disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails by the Guccifer 2.0 persona, were intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.  The Secretary and DNI also expressed their belief that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”  We continue to stand by this statement.

The President has recently directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a review of potential foreign interference in presidential elections dating back to 2008.  This effort is ongoing and involves sensitive classified information.  Once the review is complete in the coming weeks, the Intelligence Community stands ready to brief Congress and will make those findings available to the public consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods.

Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence