Excellent work here by the Associated Press. Click through for the whole story. I will add a warning, however, that in this story there is still a *presumption* that the Russians had hacked the DNC server, but no one really knows to this day. Why? Because, as noted in the story, Comey’s FBI never seized the DNC server but worked off a “copy,” which he said was just a good. That’s simply idiotic and highlights what an incompetent and partisan menace Comey has always been.
This coverage, however, is also a reminder about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the entire Obama administration. On one hand, Obama complained (when everyone thought Hillary was winning) that no one could actually think Russia was impacting the election. And now that we know the FBI at least something was up with cyber security, they did nothing to warn the targets.
And these are the swamp creatures that are still tearing their hair out over how Trump is a danger for civilization. Got it.
The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has found.
Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage group, turned up only two cases in which the FBI had provided a heads-up. Even senior policymakers discovered they were targets only when the AP told them, a situation some described as bizarre and dispiriting.
“It’s utterly confounding,” said Philip Reiner, a former senior director at the National Security Council, who was notified by the AP that he was targeted in 2015. “You’ve got to tell your people. You’ve got to protect your people.”
The FBI declined to discuss its investigation into Fancy Bear’s spying campaign, but did provide a statement that said in part: “The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information.”
Three people familiar with the matter — including a current and a former government official — said the FBI has known for more than a year the details of Fancy Bear’s attempts to break into Gmail inboxes. A senior FBI official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the hacking operation because of its sensitivity, declined to comment on when it received the target list, but said that the bureau was overwhelmed by the sheer number of attempted hacks.