US investigating possible Russian attempts to disrupt upcoming election

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US Investigating Possible Russian Attempts To Disrupt Upcoming Election

The U.S. is investigating the possible existence of a Russian plan to disrupt the upcoming election.

On Monday, the Washington Post revealed James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, is leading the effort.

Hacking and other potentially harmful cyber activities will be a significant subject of the investigation, notes CBS News.

Concern over such matters was raised by two recent events, one being the acquisition and leaking of DNC emails, and the other being compromises to the registration mechanisms in a number of states.

An unnamed official told the Washington Post there is no "definitive proof" of Russian attempts to undermine the US voting process, "But even the hint of something impacting the security of our election system would be of significant concern. It's the key to our democracy, that people have confidence in the election system."

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