Obama's secret struggle to punish Russian Federation for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russian Federation for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russian Federation for Putin's election assault

"As the Post story also makes clear, the Obama administration failed to impose any meaningful costs on Russian Federation for its attack on American democracy a year ago - a failure, sadly, that has not been rectified yet by the current administration or by the Congress", he said.

The Post reports before Obama's presidency ended, he approved a previously covert measure to authorise planting cyberweapons in Russia's infrastructure to set off should the USA find itself "in an escalating exchange with Moscow" as a result of their interference in the 2016 election. The only public warning of the Russian governments' efforts came in an October 7 memo from the Director of National Intelligence ascribing Democratic National Committee hacks to Russia. He had even challenged the Obama White House to explain why it waited until after the election results were in to sound the Russian Federation alarm. They believe that a series of warnings - including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September - prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of USA voting systems.

The Washington Post published a captivating story Friday that offers a deep look inside the Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Obama eventually approved sanctions against Russian Federation, but they were "so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic", according to the Post.

Merkley and other Democratic lawmakers said Russian Federation used extensive methods in the cyber campaign, including 1,000 trolls, hacking and bots to generate fake messages on social media.

Evidence of Russian meddling mounted as the election neared. There were also concerns that any action would be interpreted as politically motivated on behalf of Obama's fellow Democrat, potentially fuelling Trump's repeated claims that the election would be rigged.

"It is that hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", said another former Obama administration official. One former Obama administration official stated that the White House "was mortified and shocked. there was a sense of immediate introspection, of, 'Wow, did we mishandle this'".

"We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote", said former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.

The Oct. 7 statement, Johnson said, was one in a series of public statements - but it was overshadowed in the media by the leak of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump spoke of grabbing women by the genitals.

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", a former senior official involved in the deliberations on Russian Federation told The Post.

But it went further.

A former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation said: "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend, I feel like we sort of choked".

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