FBI: ‘We have no evidence’ of ‘Russian hacking’
The FBI has reportedly found no evidence of Russian hacking during the 2016 election, but they have no proof that they didn’t.
According to a New York Times report, the FBI was “surprised” by the bureau’s announcement on Thursday.
The agency did not disclose that it found no proof of Russian election interference, but it did say it was not investigating the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
The report noted that the FBI’s Director, James Comey, said during a news conference that the bureau did not have any evidence of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, citing “unfortunately the fact that there are no physical traces of digital fingerprints of Russian actors.”
But it also stated that the agency did “not have physical evidence of the hacking or the leaking of classified information.”
The FBI was reportedly investigating the hacks of Democratic Party emails, and other Russian attempts to influence the election through cyberattacks.
It also conducted an inquiry into the leaking by former CIA Director Michael Pompeo of classified intelligence material that had been provided to the Trump administration.
Pompeo told Congress last month that the leaks by Pompeo and former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were “serious and significant.”
In January, Trump fired Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russia’s role in the election, for allegedly leaking information to the press about an ongoing probe into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.