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Nunes rebukes Obama administration for not responding to Russian hack threats sooner

The Fresno Bee

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, during the committee’s hearing on cyber threats.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, during the committee’s hearing on cyber threats. Associated Press file

Tulare Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement Friday afternoon in the wake of a report by U.S. intelligence agencies that concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cybercampaign to upend the U.S. presidential election.

“The report details a long-running, coordinated campaign of cyber-attacks by Russia on U.S. targets. The House Intelligence Committee has been warning the Obama administration for years about the need for stronger measures against Russia to counter these kinds of attacks, but our warnings largely fell on deaf ears. Russia’s actions show, inescapably, that failing to confront hostile actors invites further attacks. Although it’s too late for President Obama to adopt strong policies to deter Russian aggression, I hope the next administration will quickly do so.”

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