In what will be one of his last acts as President of the United States, Barack Obama has ordered to US intelligence community to carry out a full investigation into allegations of cyber attacks during this year’s presidential election.
Mr Obama, who will hand over the keys to the White House to Republican Donald Trump in the New Year, has asked officers to put together a full report on the subject and present it to Congress before he leaves office.
The request has been revealed by homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, who said that US intelligence officials were confident election-related cyber attacks were directed by the Russian government. She added: “It is incumbent upon us take a stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means and what has happened and to impart lessons learned.”
While President-elect Mr Trump has dismissed any suggestion of Russian involvement in cyber attacks, the findings may prove otherwise and could lead him to having to make difficult decisions as he takes office.
Calls for public review
Congress has already called for a national commission to be formed to look into the matter, in the same way as the one formed after the devastating 9/11 attacks carried out a wide reaching public review.
Entrepreneur and former reality star Mr Trump has already said that he does not believe the Russians were involved, saying that it could have simply been “some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
Mr Trump is in favour of improved relations with Russia so the two countries can come together to fight the terror threat from Isis. He said:” It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey. I believe that it could have been Russia and it could have been any one of many other people, sources and even individuals.”