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19 Dec, 4 tweets, 2 min read
The president's unsubstantiated tweets directly contradict Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said yesterday the massive SolarWinds cyberattack is “very significant” and that Russians are “pretty clearly” behind it.

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The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday said the hack "poses a grave risk" to federal, state and local governments as well as private companies and organizations.
Microsoft President Brad Smith: "This is not 'espionage as usual,' even in the digital age. Instead, it represents an act of recklessness that created a serious technological vulnerability for the United States and the world."
In a joint statement on Thursday, the two highest-ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the attack "has the hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation."

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