When Senator Bill Nelson claimed that Florida’s election system had been hacked by Russians, many people questioned where he got this assumption from and whether or not he had given away classified information.Nelson has not backed up his claim, but a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detnzer from Department of Homeland Security officials assures that there has been no foreign meddling.
The letter informs that “Although we have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida, Russian government actors have previously demonstrated both the intent and capability to conduct malicious cyber operations. DHS and the FBI will continue to notify any victim of a successful cyber intrusion into their election network in any jurisdiction nationwide.”
In a statement, Governor Rick Scott commented that “Bill Nelson has either been deeply confused or very dishonest — and an alarming possibility exists that he is both on this issue. Bill Nelson’s confusion has caused chaos.”
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Governor Scott also added that “It is irresponsible and reckless that Bill Nelson would attempt to undermine the voters’ confidence in their county elections systems by making confusing statements while campaigning and then walking away with absolutely no explanation.”
In response to this, a Nelson spokesman explained that “In my opinion, there’s nothing in this letter that contradicts what Sen. Nelson said he was told a few months ago, and what he and Sen. Rubio have tried to warn about in order to guard against Russian meddling in our elections. The governor of Florida has a security clearance and could have quickly and directly received information, answers and posed any questions instead of engaging in these confusing and partisan histrionics of the past week.”