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March 15, 2017

AG Sessions Must Prioritize Election Hacking Investigation After Yahoo Indictments

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the Justice Department announced the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the 2014 hack of Yahoo.

“Today’s Justice Department indictment of two Russian-government agents in the Kremlin’s cyber division is a watershed moment in our efforts to counter state-directed cyber hacking campaigns.  Without doubt, the tactics utilized in the Yahoo plot are a roadmap to how the Kremlin carries out its cyber hacking campaigns.  I call on Attorney General Sessions to prioritize the investigation of the cyber hacking campaign against our political institutions during the 2016 election with an eye to indicting whoever in Vladimir Putin’s government directed this unprecedented attack on our democracy.” 

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