Barack Obama has decided that the hacking scandal that occurred during this past U.S. election season needs to be investigated, and according to reports, Obama is targeting Russia.
The President has instructed the government intelligence community (CIA, FBI, NSA, etc) to conduct a full investigation into who was behind the hacks that lead to the DNC and Podesta email scandals, and deliver a full report before he leaves office on January 20th.
Lisa Monaco, Obama’s homeland security advisor told the Christian Science Monitor,
“The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process … and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress.”
Wikileaks has taken offense to this, and even though Wikileaks is not directly mentioned in the article, took it personally. Although Wikileaks is not a hacking group, the documents that they publish are obtained largely by hackers, and many accuse the organization of working with Russians to sabotage Hillary Clinton.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 9, 2016
While the election is over, and recount efforts are unlikely to change the results, news over who was pulling the strings behind this election could add to popular pushback against Donald Trump in his first months as President.
This is also another move in the direction of further internet censorship, which began with the trojan horse of “net neutrality” and is currently being fueled by “fake news” accusations. A fear mongering story of Russia exerting its influence on the U.S. could mean more calls for internet regulation.