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    US Congressman Adam Schiff claims that the United States needs to work with its allies in Europe to protect their institutions from alleged Russian cyber intrusions and stop further meddling in elections.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States needs to work with its allies in Europe to protect their institutions from alleged Russian cyber intrusions and stop further meddling in elections, US Congressman Adam Schiff said on Friday.

    Earlier in the day, the US intelligence community formally blamed the Russian government for recent hacking of political institutions tied to US elections.

    "We should now work with our European allies who have been the victim of similar and even more malicious cyber interference by Russia to develop a concerted response that protects our institutions and deters further meddling," Schiff stated. Schiff also noted the United States should be concerned when any nation tries to undermine our democracy.

    The US Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issued a joint statement of Friday saying that they were “confident” the Russian government directed recent attacks on Americans and US political organizations with the intention of interfering with the upcoming election.

    The intelligence community claimed in the statement the hacking and disclosures of emails on sites like DCLeaks.com, WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, could only have been authorized by "senior-most officials" in Russia.


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