Headline RoundupDecember 19th, 2020

Pompeo Claims "Pretty Clear" Russia Behind Cyberattack, Trump Says "May" Be China

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Saturday, President Donald Trump said China "may" have been behind a wide series of cyberattacks on the U.S. government, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged on Friday that the attack was done by Russia. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said Thursday the hack compromised federal agencies and "critical infrastructure." Pompeo was the first government official to tie the hack to Russia. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump claimed that the hack was "under control" and exaggerated by the "Fake News Media." Trump also said that China "may" be to blame for the hack, and that "there could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election." Coverage from center- and right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of the attack and on Pompeo's interview. Some left-rated outlets tended to focus on criticism of Trump's response.

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