Article by Bryan Howard
August 22, 2018
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) claimed that Russians had “penetrated” the Florida election system on August 8th. However, FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have written a letter definitively contradicting his claims.
“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” he told the Tampa Bay Times on August 8. “We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let the supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records.”
After Nelson made is outlandish claims Florida Department of State immediately refuted his claims. Nelson backtracked on his statements while at the same time claimed he never mislead anyone.
“What I said last week was exactly what the letter states,” Nelson says in a video released August 15. “What that letter says is, in essence, is that it would be foolish to think if the Russians were in our election apparatus in 2016 … that they are not continuing.”
As one with a brain could tell he did claim there was a breach and provided zero evidence to that claim. FBI and DHS sent a letter showing Florida election was not hacked.
“Although we have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida, Russian government actors have previously demonstrated both the intent and capability to conduct malicious cyber operations,” the letter said. “DHS and the FBI will continue to notify any victim of a successful cyber intrusion into their election network in any jurisdiction nationwide.”
Currently Nelson is in a tight race for Governor of Florida with Rick Scott. Florida citizens need to make sure to get out and vote for Rick Scott and keep the radical Nelson from taking control.