It was revealed by former CIA Director John Brenna that President Obama nixed any cyber action against Russia for meddling with the election process. The first thing to note is that it was known to the Obama administration that the Russians were attempting to affect the election. That means that Obama knew exactly what they were up to. The saddest part of the story is that Obama did not want to piss the Russians off by tweaking their noses in return. Obviously, there was a workable plan presented. Was this a case of leading from behind again, or was he already gun-shy about drawing a red line in the sand (or cyberspace)?
As Written and Reported By Bill Gertz for the Free Beacon:
Despite an unprecedented Russian intelligence operation to influence the 2016 presidential election, former President Barack Obama rejected a plan to conduct retaliatory cyber action against Moscow during the campaign, according to former CIA Director John Brennan.
Brennan disclosed Saturday that Obama opposed a plan to carry out “a cyber event” against the Russians because the former president feared the action would lead to more aggressive interference by Moscow.
“There was consideration about rattling their cages with some type of cyber event,” Brennan said during remarks to a journalism conference at the University of California Berkeley.
But based on Obama’s fears, the planned cyber action was shelved in favor issuing vague warnings to Russian officials. Brennan did not elaborate on the cyber retaliation plan.
“President Obama was the ultimate decision-maker on that,” Brennan said of the lack of response.
The former CIA director defended the Obama administration’s handling of what is widely viewed as a significant counterintelligence failure during the presidential election.
After the election, Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence officers.
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