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WH Press Secretary Incorrectly Portrays An Intelligence Report on Cyberattacks

On Friday, President Obama ordered a full review of the cyberattacks that occurred during the 2016 presidential election.

During the White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz was making the case to reporters why Obama’s order was necessary and how there is little doubt within the intelligence community that the Russians were involved in various cyberattacks.

Schultz cited a report released by the intelligence community in October to make his case to reporters, but he incorrectly cited the report as “high confidence” when in fact the report was just “confident,” a lower certainty level.

A reporter in the room tried to correct Schultz, even offering to read him the report, but instead Schultz elected to take another reporter’s question.