US accuses Russia of hacking political sites


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is accusing Russia of hacking political sites, saying it is trying to interfere with the upcoming presidential election.

Intelligence officials say they are confident that the Russian government directed the recent breaches of emails from American people and institutions, including U.S. political organizations.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security have released a joint statement saying that based on the “scope and sensitivity” of the hacking efforts, only Russia’s “senior-most officials” could have authorized these activities.

Pressure has been mounting on the Obama administration to call out Russia on the hacking of political groups, including the Democratic National Committee. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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