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Murphy Urges House Leadership to Request House-wide Intelligence Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack

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Washington, December 18, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, a former national security specialist at the Pentagon, sent a letter urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for Members of Congress regarding the recently-revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and much of corporate America. The attack is widely believed to have been the work of a Russian intelligence agency.

“Public reports about the consequences of this attack for U.S. national security paint a very grim picture,” wrote Murphy in her letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. “A classified briefing by the relevant federal agencies would enable Members to better understand the nature and extent of the attack, the precise parties responsible, whether more could have been done to prevent this attack and can be done to prevent future attacks, and the range of options that are available to the United States to appropriately respond to the attack."

Murphy has called for increased transparency in the event of election interference by a foreign adversary and is the author of bipartisan legislation, the ALERTS Act, that would require notification to appropriate members of Congress, relevant state and local officials, and potentially affected voters when an election system is breached and voter information may have been compromised.

Full text of the letter can be found here and below.

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Hoyer:

I write to respectfully request that you schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for Members of Congress regarding the recently-revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and much of corporate America, an attack that is widely believed to have been the work of a Russian intelligence agency.

Public reports about the consequences of this attack for U.S. national security paint a very grim picture. A classified briefing by the relevant federal agencies would enable Members to better understand the nature and extent of the attack, the precise parties responsible, whether more could have been done to prevent this attack and can be done to prevent future attacks, and the range of options that are available to the United States to appropriately respond to the attack.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Murphy
Member of Congress

 

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