The White House said Tuesday that it was working to “sharpen the attribution” into Russia’s alleged involvement in the massive SolarWinds hack that infiltrated scores of federal government agencies and private companies before making a determination on whether to slap sanctions on Moscow.
“We have asked the intelligence community to do further work to sharpen the attribution that the previous administration made about precisely how the hack occurred, what the extent of the damage is and what the scope and scale of the intrusion is. And we’re still in the process of working that through now,” press secretary Jen Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House briefing.
“But it will be weeks not months before we respond,” she said.
“We want to focus on giving our team the time they need to take additional steps to fine tune the attribution, and we reserve the right to respond in a timely manner of our choosing,” Psaki added.
She was asked the