NBC: CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.
The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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WNU Editor: Russian media is reporting extensively on this NBC news leak, and Kremlin officials are being quoted that Russia will respond militarily if the U.S. launches such an attack. This story was leaked to NBC, which tells me that someone within the administration is not happy with this decision. Some in Russian media are speculating that this is just a ploy to help Hillary Clinton .... 'Obama cyber saber-rattling against Russia possible ploy to boost Clinton camp' (RT). It is also being reported that Donald Trump is sceptical of the evidence that Russia is behind the recent DNC cyber-hack .... Trump refusal to accept government assessments on Russian hacks dismays former officials (Washington Post). What's my take .... if the U.S. wants to start a war with Russia, they better show us their evidence instead of just telling us to trust them.
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Report: CIA has Kremlin in cyber sights -- Boston Herald
Report: CIA looking into retaliatory cyberattack on Russia -- Washington Examiner
US prepped for massive cyber assault on Russia -- NYP
CIA working on ‘clandestine’ cyberattack against Russia – report -- RT
Obama Administration Preparing Covert Cyber Strike on Russia -- Sputnik
Kremlin: Russia faces unprecedented cyber-threats from the US -- RT
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