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Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in US Vote, and ...

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Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in U.S. Vote, and Seeks F.B.I. Inquiry

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The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked the F.B.I. on Monday to investigate evidence suggesting that Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November.
In a letter to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., Mr. Reid wrote that the threat of Russian interference “is more extensive than is widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Recent classified briefings from senior intelligence officials, Mr. Reid said in an interview, have left him fearful that President Vladimir V. Putin’s “goal is tampering with this election.”
News reports on Monday said the F.B.I. warned state election officials several weeks ago that foreign hackers had exported voter registration data from computer systems in at least one state, and had pierced the systems of a second one.
The bureau did not name the states, but Yahoo News, which first reported the confidential F.B.I. warning, said they were Arizona and Illinois. Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona’s secretary of state, said the F.B.I. had told state officials that Russians were behind the Arizona attack.
After the F.B.I. warning, Arizona took its voter registration database offline from June 28 to July 8 to allow for a forensic exam of its systems, Mr. Roberts said.
The F.B.I., in its notice to states, said the voter information had been “exfiltrated,” which means that it was shipped out of the state systems to another computer. But it does not mean that the data itself was tampered with.
It is unclear whether the hackers intended to affect the election or pursued the data for other purposes, like gaining personal identifying information about voters. The F.B.I. warning referred to “targeting activity” against state boards of elections, but did not discuss the intent of the hackers.
The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, sent a letter on Monday to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., expressing concern that Russia was trying to influence the presidential election and requesting that the F.B.I. open an investigation.
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“That incident was only a small part of what disturbed me,” Mr. Reid said on Monday.
In his letter to the F.B.I., he offered no specifics about how Russian hackers could manipulate election data, an effort made harder by the varying vote-tallying procedures in each state.
But the prospect of election tampering has been discussed since the revelation that two Russian intelligence agencies, the F.S.B. and the G.R.U., were believed to be responsible for the hacking of the networks of the Democratic National Committee.
Emails published by a hacker who called himself Guccifer 2.0 — believed to be an alias for Russian hackers linked to the intelligence agencies — revealed that the committee had denigrated the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The disclosures led to the resignation of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as the committee’s chairwoman.
Mr. Reid’s accusation that Russia is seeking not only to influence the election with propaganda but also to tamper with the vote counting goes significantly beyond anything the Obama administration has said in public.
While intelligence agencies have told the White House that they have “high confidence” that Russian intelligence services were behind the hacking of the Democratic committee, the administration has not leveled any accusations against Mr. Putin’s government. Asked about that in the interview, Mr. Reid said he was free to say things the president was not.
But Mr. Reid argued that the connections between some of Donald J. Trump’s former and current advisers and the Russian leadership should, by itself, prompt an investigation. He referred indirectly in his letter to a speech given in Russia by one Trump adviser, Carter Page, a consultant and investor in the energy giant Gazprom, who criticized American sanctions policy toward Russia.
“Trump and his people keep saying the election is rigged,” Mr. Reid said. “Why is he saying that? Because people are telling him the election can be messed with.” Mr. Trump’s advisers say they are concerned that unnamed elites could rig the election for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Reid argued that if Russia concentrated on “less than six” swing states, it could alter results and undermine confidence in the electoral system. That would pose challenges, given that most states have paper backups, but he noted that hackers could keep people from voting by tampering with the rolls of eligible voters.
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Reid requests FBI probe into Russia 'tampering' in U.S. election

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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidNo, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress Reid requests FBI probe into Russia 'tampering' in U.S. election Dems' Florida Senate primary nears its bitter end MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday sent a letter to the FBI asking the agency to investigate the threat the Russian government poses to the U.S. presidential election.
"I have recently become concerned that the threat of the Russian government tampering in our presidential election is more extensive than widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results," Reid wrote in a letter addressed to FBI Director James Comey.
"The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War and it is critical for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use every resource available to investigate this matter thoroughly and in a timely fashion," Reid wrote.
"The American people deserve to have a full understanding of the facts from a completed investigation before they vote this November."
Reid cited the leak of a trove of emails released by WikiLeaks last month that appeared to show top Democratic National Committee officials planning ways to undermine the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNo, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress Reid requests FBI probe into Russia 'tampering' in U.S. election Poll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee MORE (I-Vt.).
"The prospect of individuals tied to Trump, WikiLeaks and the Russian government coordinating to influence our election raises concerns of the utmost gravity and merits full examination," he wrote.
He also said there have been concerns about the Russian government attempting to influence the Trump campaign and use it as a "vehicle for advancing the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin."
"The foregoing — and more — has led me to believe that this matter should be fully investigated," Reid wrote, "and the investigation made public."
Reports on Monday revealed that the FBI found evidence that foreign hackers had penetrated two state election databases. 
Questions have previously been raised about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
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Politics|Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in US Vote, and Seeks FBI Inquiry - New York Times

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Politics|Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in US Vote, and Seeks FBIInquiry
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The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked the F.B.I. on Monday to investigate evidence suggesting that Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November. In a letter to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., Mr. Reid wrote that ...
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Reid asks FBI to probe threat of Russian election tampering - Colorado Springs Gazette

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Reid asks FBI to probe threat of Russian election tampering
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is asking the FBI to investigate the threat of Russian tampering with U.S. elections, including potentially falsifying election results. Reid argues in a letter to FBI Director James Comey that "evidence of a direct ...
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FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks - KTRK-TV

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FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks
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The FBI didn't name the states that were targeted, but it described a "compromise" of one elections board website and "attempted intrusion activities" in another state's system. State election websites in Illinois and Arizona experienced hack-related ...

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