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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Langevin Calls Mueller Indictment Most Significant Foreign Hacking Case in History

Calls on Trump to cancel Putin meeting

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security and the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, released the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve Russian military intelligence officers for distributing documents they had stolen from US political organizations in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election:

“This is the most significant hacking case the United States has ever brought against the agents of a foreign state. Russian interference in the 2016 election struck at the very core of our democracy, and the perpetrators must be held to account. 

“This is another example of why Director Mueller’s investigation is so important and must be allowed to continue.

“This indictment is an important part of that reckoning, but it is in no way sufficient.

“When a nation violates the norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, we must respond with all means of state power, economic, diplomatic and otherwise.

“It is simply unacceptable to use cyber means to steal and disseminate political documents with the goals of undermining faith in American democracy.

“Sadly, the President continues to cast doubt on the facts first set forth by our intelligence community and reiterated in today’s indictment.

“Given these developments, the President should cancel next week’s meeting with Vladimir Putin and work with Congress to punish Russia for its actions.

“The indictments today continue to reinforce a clear message to America’s adversaries who would target civilian infrastructure and processes: you will be found out.

“Although we are unlikely to see these Russian military intelligence agents in an American prison anytime soon, their worlds have gotten much smaller.

“I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to hold Russia responsible for its actions and improve our cybersecurity posture.”