Brian Kemp accuses Obama administration of hyping hacking threat

Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com
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Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

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Credit: Jim Galloway

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp turned down an offer from the federal government to help prevent hackers from manipulating the November election.

The Republican told Politico why in an interview that accused President Barack Obama's administration of playing up warnings over cyberthreats.

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Still, Kemp accused the news media and the federal bureaucracy of raising unwarranted fears of election cyberattacks at the worst possible time.

"It would have been nice for us to have been brought into this situation beforehand to get the perspective," he said, "because quite honestly, all this did was help blow a lot of things out of proportion, and now every election official across the country's having to deal with these issues in the middle of a presidential election."

Kemp's office is also engaged in a battle against voting rights advocacy groups. The AJC's Kristina Torres wrote about the lawsuits and whether voting could become an issue in the November election.

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