Posted: 7:51 am Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Frustrated with a lack of answers and information coming from the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State of Georgia is now asking President-Elect Donald Trump to help figure out why the Department of Homeland Security was repeatedly trying crack a state government computer network that deals with elections.
“The people of Georgia are very concerned about what exactly happened here, and they are demanding transparent and honest answers,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote Mr. Trump in a Wednesday letter.
“I write to ask for your help in providing those answers when you assume the Presidency later next month,” Kemp said to Mr. Trump.
Asked what he thinks DHS was doing, Kemp made clear he still doesn’t have anything close to a good answer from the feds.
“Great question to ask DHS,” Kemp told me this morning. “Let me know what they say.”
Kemp told WSB-TV in Atlanta on Tuesday that his office had now uncovered “10 separate cyber attacks” on the computer network of the Georgia Secretary of State, and that every single one was traced back to an IP address from the Department of Homeland Security.
The Georgia Secretary of State says the answers from the Obama Administration have been less than revealing.
“There are still many questions regarding the origin and intent of this attack that remain unanswered,” Kemp told DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in a Tuesday letter.
“In order to ensure this issue receives the attention it deserves, I will be elevating my concerns to the incoming administration,” Kemp added.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.