The FBI did not initially notify the Democratic National Convention that it was suspected of being a target by Russian-backed cybercriminals last fall. Throughout the following months in continued conversations, the FBI left out the fact that officials suspected that the attack involved the Russian government, according to the New York Post. In response, the DNC claims the FBI “prevented DNC staffers from taking steps that could have reduced the number of confidential emails and documents stolen,” according to one source with knowledge of situation. But instead, these hackers had access to the party’s servers during the most crucial months of the campaign. In fact, the DNC’s IT executives did not discover the severity of the breach until late March, no thanks to an oddly opaque FBI. Thousands of emails during this period were released right before this year’s convention , showing clear bias within the party against Senator Bernie Sanders during the primary, and as of Tuesday, three senior officials have resigned because of the scandal.
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