Wenstrup Requests Public Briefing on DNC Hack

Washington, October 5, 2016 Contact: Meghan Waters ((202) 225-3164)

Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), has sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requesting a public briefing about cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

On July 22, 2016, Wikileaks, a journalistic organization known for publishing sensitive and sometimes classified information, released approximately 20,000 emails stolen from the DNC’s servers by anonymous hackers. A report prepared by CrowdStrike, the firm hired by the DNC to investigate the breach, concluded that the attack was executed by two teams of hackers, both working on behalf of the Russian government. A separate analysis by Fidelis Cybersecurity reached the same conclusion.

However, even as hackers continue to target other political organizations, information provided to the American public has been fragmented and selective, leaving questions about the security of our political process largely unanswered.  Joined by seven other Members of Congress, Wenstrup called on Clapper to publicly present the Intelligence Community’s assessment of the attacks and answer questions about potential foreign interference in U.S. elections.

“The American people deserve to know the truth before they cast their votes,” they wrote. “Making public the official U.S. government understanding of this incident – to the maximum extent possible while protecting sensitive sources and methods – will ensure that public debate is grounded in reality, not speculation and political spin.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.



Office of Representative Brad Wenstrup