Top Intel Dem: Russian attacks on election systems 'broader' than reported

Top Intel Dem: Russian attacks on election systems 'broader' than reported
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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that Russian election interference expanded beyond what was detailed in an explosive leaked intelligence report this week.

"[T]he extent of the attacks is much broader than has been reported so far," Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats MORE (D-Va.) told USA Today. "None of these actions from the Russians stopped on Election Day."

The website The Intercept reported Monday that Russian intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one manufacturer of U.S. voting software and sent phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before the November election.

Warner stressed Tuesday that he does not believe that Russian intelligence agents were able to affect the vote totals.

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"I don't believe they got into changing actual voting outcomes," Warner said, adding he was urging intelligence agencies to declassify which states were targeted in an effort to put their electoral systems on notice before the 2018 midterm elections.

Warner also spoke out about the leaking of classified documents like the one obtained by The Intercept. 

"Whoever's the leaker should be pursued to the full extent of the law," Warner said.

On Monday, the Justice Department charged Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old government contractor, with sharing top-secret material with a media outlet.

Prosecutors said Winner “printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information."

The Justice Department announced the case against Winner about an hour after The Intercept published the apparent National Security Agency intelligence report.

The FBI searched Winner’s home, where she admitted to intentionally removing the top secret materials and mailing them to the news outlet, according to a Justice Department press release.