CIA head warns of Russian hacking, says US must be on guard


September 11, 2016 8:30PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is warning that Russia has "exceptionally capable and sophisticated cybercapabilities" and that the United States must be on guard.

Brennan was asked in a television interview Sunday whether Russia is trying to manipulate America's presidential election. Brennan didn't say, but he noted the FBI is investigating recent computer intrusions at the Democratic National Committee.

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He also cited Moscow's aggressive intelligence collection.

Brennan said: "I think that we have to be very, very wary of what the Russians might be trying to do in terms of collecting information in a cyber-realm, as well as what they might want to do with it."

Brennan spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation" on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.


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