Two Democratic lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees said on Thursday that Russia is behind a recent spate of cyber attacks which they are using to impact the outcome of the November 8 election. “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election,” wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff in a joint-statement. “At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election. We can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”
The two Californian politicians receive classified briefings as members of their respective intelligence committees. Based on that information, they believe the cyber attacks “could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government.”
The statement also called on Russian President Vladimir Putin “to immediately order a halt to this activity.” “Americans will not stand for any foreign government trying to influence our election,” they said.