In an interview with NPR Obama put on his serious face and declared “We need to take action” in response to alleged Russian hacking:
President Obama vowed that the United States will “take action” in response to Russia’s believed interference in the presidential election.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama said in an interview with NPR set to air in full on Friday.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be,” Obama added.
More tough talk from obama. Another red line. One wonders why he didn’t hold this interview on the fake news site The Daily Show. obama has long known about the Russians trying to hack the US.
The first news about the most recent attempts came in June.
Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.
The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.
The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.
By October the obama regime was ready to identify the assailant:
The Obama administration on Friday officially accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the 2016 elections, including by hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.
The denunciation, made by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, came as pressure was growing from within the administration and some lawmakers to publicly name Moscow and hold it accountable for actions apparently aimed at sowing discord around the election.
And in October obama was weighing a “proportional response”:
“The president has talked before about the significant capabilities that the U.S. government has to both defend our systems in the United States but also carry out offensive operations in other countries,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters traveling with Mr. Obama on Air Force One to Greensboro, where he was holding a town hall-style meeting with students and campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
“There are a range of responses that are available to the president, and he will consider a response that is proportional,” Mr. Earnest said.
Thus realistically obama has known about this since at least June and has done nothing about it. This isn’t the first time the Russians have mischievous by a long shot. In 2014 the Russians took down the White House computer system for weeks:
REMEMBER WHEN THE RUSSIANS HACKED THE WHITE HOUSE’S COMPUTERS?
You probably don’t. We broke the story on Power Line in October 2014, writing about it here, here, here, here, here and here. The White House’s computers were down for weeks because of the intrusion by a “foreign power,” which the administration finally identified as Russia. It wasn’t just the White House, either; it was the entire Executive Office of the President, which comprises a good chunk of the executive branch. Nor was that all: the State Department’s computer system was hacked, too.
While we pounded away at the story, the White House refused to respond to our inquiries. The Washington press corps, which must have known that the White House’s computers were out of action, maintained a discreet silence, declining to write about the Russian hack, even though many D.C. reporters no doubt followed the story on Power Line. Why the coy silence? Because it was October 2014, weeks before the midterm elections, and the story reflected poorly on the Obama administration, which didn’t even discover the intrusion itself. It turned out that American officials were alerted to the Russian hack of the White House and State Department by an unidentified ally (I’m guessing Israel).
What was the response? We know now it was nothing. Apparently it was more of that obama being flexible for Putin thing. Why didn’t obama act? The cover story is that he didn’t want to seem to influence the election:
The Obama administration didn’t respond more forcefully to Russian hacking before the presidential election because they didn’t want to appear to be interfering in the election and they thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win and a potential cyber war with Russia wasn’t worth it, multiple high-level government officials told NBC News.
They thought she was going to win- THAT is the key part. The rest is bullsh*t. But now that she lost they need another chip to throw on the pile of “why hillary lost” excuses hoping that one of them will be a winner.
Attempts to hack the US one way or another are nothing new. obama had knowledge of the Russian attempts at mischief for at least seven months and chose to do nothing because he, like the legacy media, could not imagine that Trump could ever win. obama has always been risk averse internationally and it has lead to a diminished US stature overseas as he is constantly seen as being bullied successfully. He could not be more of an Iranian dupe than he is now.
Now obama rattles his golf club with sternness. Putin is no doubt less shaken than is his vodka martini. If obama didn’t take seriously the compromising of White House computers, this is not going make him lose any sleep either.
As you read about the Russians “hacking” the US election, keep a couple of things in mind. One, there has been no proof of Russian involvement offered as yet. Two, the CIA, which already has lied to Congress, is at odds with the FBI and the ODNI about the concreteness of the so-called evidence. Three, the CIA has refused to come and brief Congress. Four, the CIA has cooked intel about ISIS. Five, CIA Director John Brennan has a history of lying to Congress.
Then we have the problem of stupidity. democrats want to go to war with Russia, but it wasn’t hacking that got Podesta’s emails. It was Podesta himself handing over his password willingly. Someone went phishing and they caught a flounder. No amount of cyber security or war will fix that.
obama is in idle now. The only thing he is concerning himself with at this moment is how many rounds he’ll get in in his last taxpayer Hawaiian extravaganza.