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    Alleged Russian Cyberattacks Review to Look at Full US Election Cycle

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    According to a White House deputy press secretary, US President Barack Obama’s directive to conduct a full review of alleged Russian cyber interference will include the 2008 presidential election.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama’s directive to conduct a full review of alleged Russian cyber interference will include the 2008 presidential election, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz said during a briefing on Friday.

    “President asked for review looking at our full presidential election cycle, going back to 2008," Schultz told reporters.

    According to Shultz, outgoing US President Barack Obama expects to receive a full review of alleged Russian cyber interference in the 2016 US election before he leaves office on January 20.

    "This is a major priority for the president of the United States," Shultz told reporters. "He expects that report to be issued to him before he leaves office."

    Shultz noted that the review of alleged Russian cyber activities is not an effort to challenge the outcome of the US presidential election.

    Moreover, Obama's ordered review into alleged hacking of US election systems will not be limited to allegations against Russia, and will consider all foreign actors, Schultz added.

    "The intrusion… in 2008 was publicly attributed to the Chinese, not to the Russians, so yes, we will be looking at all foreign actors and any attempt to interfere with the elections," Schultz told reporters.

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