Obama Tells CIA To Prepare For Cyber War With Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

In what is looking more and more like a season finale of the HBO series "House of Cards" with each passing day, the Obama administration is now literally threatening a cyber war with Russia over allegations it was behind the hacking of Clinton's emails.  According to an exclusive NBC report, the Obama administration "is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action" (though it's unclear how exactly it's covert if Biden is announcing it to the world via an interview with Chuck Todd)  against Russia, in "retaliation for alleged" interference in the American presidential election, and has asked the CIA to draft plans for a "wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership."

So now the Obama administration is overtly leveraging the full power of the United States to intimidate foreign governments, and most likely Julian Assange, in order to maintain control of the Executive Branch of the government.  Does anyone within the mainstream media see any problems with this?  Certainly Chuck Todd and NBC do not.  And notice that even the NBC article refers to "alleged" Russian interference because not a shred of evidence has been presented to prove that senior Russian officials were actually behind the hacking of Hillary's emails...but who needs facts when you have a complicit media eager to advance whatever propaganda is necessary to maintain power?   

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.


Vice President Joe Biden told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that "we're sending a message" to Putin and that "it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact."


When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, "Hope not."

Former CIA officers interviewed by NBC said that there is a long history of the White House plotting potential cyber attacks against Russia.  That said, none of them were ultimately carried out because "none of the options were particularly good, nor did we think that any of them would be particularly effective."

Two former CIA officers who worked on Russia told NBC News that there is a long history of the White House asking the CIA to come up with options for covert action against Russia, including cyber options — only to abandon the idea.


A second former officer, who helped run intelligence operations against Russia, said he was asked several times in recent years to work on covert action plans, but "none of the options were particularly good, nor did we think that any of them would be particularly effective," he said.

Putin Obama


Others warned that the White House has always caved on plans to follow through with cyber attacks because anything the U.S. can do against Russia, they can also do in response.  As one of the former CIA officers said, "if you are looking to mess with their networks, we can do that, but then the issue becomes, they can do worse things to us in other places."

"We've always hesitated to use a lot of stuff we've had, but that's a political decision," one former officer said. "If someone has decided, `We've had enough of the Russians,' there is a lot we can do. Step one is to remind them that two can play at this game and we have a lot of stuff. Step two, if you are looking to mess with their networks, we can do that, but then the issue becomes, they can do worse things to us in other places."


Putin is almost beyond embarrassing, he said, and anything the U.S. can do against, for example, Russian bank accounts, the Russian can do in response.


"Do you want to have Barack Obama bouncing checks?" he asked.


Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell expressed skepticism that the U.S. would go so far as to attack Russian networks.


"Physical attacks on networks is not something the U.S. wants to do because we don't want to set a precedent for other countries to do it as well, including against us," he said. "My own view is that our response shouldn't be covert -- it should overt, for everybody to see."

Here is a brieg clip of Biden discussing the "covert" planning with NBC's Chuck Todd.


If the Obama administration is willing to go to such great lengths, literally escalating tensions with another superpower, to protect their candidate from whatever it is that she's hiding then we suspect whatever WikiLeaks has yet to release could be really good.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Cherubim's picture

Is this Plan B? 

Smells like an escalation to me. Shooting War. Cyber War. Nuclear War. 

What in God's name are we trying to prove?

0Theorem's picture

The Blind leading the Blind...into nuclear annihilation.

dsty's picture

Just wonder'n if this the result of the US blocking wiki leaks news with so called Trump scandal.

So the next pressure is threat of war of which we seem to want to incite,

We will see who blinks

Will it be a media cave via the administration due to serious threat?

If Trump wins the establishmet cronies are out.

Clever tactic Putin.

GracchusBrothers's picture

When the Russians counter our cyber attack, I don't think they'll seriously damage us like they could.

I think they'll rub our noses in it, expose and mock Obummer's weakness and ineptitude and generally show the world just what a pathetic joke he is. 

Don't fuck with Russia, Obummer. They're serious about defending their country from the likes of you and your globalist masters and have the means to do so. 

SirBarksAlot's picture

That's the big announcement?

LOL.  So it's true!  The USA Corporation is bankrupt.

All hail Dorothy!  The wicked witch is dead!


chindit13's picture

Lost, or seemingly overlooked in this article, is that there is now a bit of a battle between the White House and today's agency, where---unlike Nazi Guards at the death camps---somebody is not 'just following orders'.

Even an Imperial Presidency has its limits in what is left of the Republic.

Recall, in my article that Tyler posted today, how much ultimate power rests in the hands of The Deplorables.

The fissure will only widen as the elite becomes more absurd and more desperate in its attempt to maintain the status quo.  In places where perhaps nobody would expect it, there are real patriots.

Jam's picture

I just read your article you mentioned that was posted earlier today, very well said. Thanks for taking your time to write it, and Tyler for putting it up.

truthordare's picture

Barry and chums are clearly getting desperate

GracchusBrothers's picture

A dangerous desperation that will not end well if carried to extremes.

oncemore's picture

a person of such dubious citizenship (kenyan bastard from indonesia) and such dubious name (where is any decree, showing conversion of his name from soetoro to anything elese, e.g. Hussein) couldn't be in Russia  a MP, he couldn't get any public office.

In US jews make him the chief and 150.000.000 white morons say yes.

FiendNCheeses's picture

If the CIA or NSA could have hacked into Russia's servers, they would already have done it. And regardless of whether it is or isn't the Russians who are doing all the hacking (although I don't see any evidence that it is), threatening a cyber war with Russia probably isn't the brightest idea since they are extremely good at computer security and cryptology and can retaliate with devastating results. In any case, I don't understand why Obama's threatening to sick the CIA after the Russkies when it's the NSA that's in charge of hacking.

GreatUncle's picture

CIA directly elite controlled and full control of armaments etc.

NSA likey good tech stuff but not directly controlled by elites with their own mandate and certainly not able to pull a military response.

Aussiekiwi's picture

It must be embarrassing for Russia to be accused of having an interest in the freak show that occurs every four years in the US, most countries are just thankful to keep a low profile and not be associated with the embarrassment.

Falcon49's picture

We are blaming the Russians for meddling in our elections?  What the @#$ have we been doing all over the world for decades???  I would ask the question...who is responsible "right here" for fixing our election outcomes for the last few decades?  Not the Russians.  It appears to me that the fix is in for this election...but, the culprits pulling the strings reside here...not in Russia.

// //
GreatUncle's picture

This election has become a world interest when the champion of democracy and decency has been caught with their pants down and 100% corruption. Realising the consequences of such a criminal nation populations are going to be studying their governments really closely.

Like the other day RAF pilots now been given the OK to shoot down Russian fighters when the RAF are their without permission from the current regime operating air strikes. That would be like the rest of the world carrying out air strikes on New York and Washington to flush the main global terrorists out.


Latitude25's picture

This is the black swan the fascists banker oligarchs are looking for to blame the crash of the economy.  They will blame the Russians for wiping out your digital financial assets.  

Falcon49's picture

We have offshore cyber cells that have been hard at work hacking and attacking for a long time.  They can make an attack appear to come from just about any location around the world.  We have already announced to the world that we consider a cyber attack to be an act of war.  What better way to start a war or cover up a financial collapse than by attacking ourselves and blaming it on the Russians? 

GreatUncle's picture

Long hard copy bank statements.

Then make said banker eat the fucking statement when he tells you he don't have no money.

Then hang ...

[ADDED] That has been the time honoured tradition of dealing with bankers when they go to far.

TeraByte's picture

Untill it becomes real with no honorable way of reatreat.
The guy is an arsonist and should be locked up.

mosfet's picture

The problem with picking a cyber war with another major power is that America may find her financial markets more resemble a spun glass ornament than an M1A Abrams.  Not that Russia's markets are in any better shape but I'm guessng they'll be more likely to break out the vodka instead of nukes, if their's shut down for a week or two.

Check out Currency Wars by Rickards.

shutterbug's picture

IF TRUE ... People should REVOLT and HANG Obama for the TRAITOR HE IS...

Alongside Hillary CLinton, Lynch, Comey, Lerner and most other administration directors....

silverer's picture

"administration directors...."
I think they called them something else. Czars, wasn't it?

ironmace's picture

Lot of women showing up as malefactors and traitors
Wonder why that is

BetterRalph's picture

cyber war defense?
step 1. disable ALL ipv6 hardware/software/wireless or other devices

step 2. ban these 255 ipv4 networks for ingress/egress/forwarding

step 3. whitelist/portknock/open ip of trusted address/s

When historians call me to ask me what Happened. I will say the cyberwar is coming from DUAL CITIZENS who have infested our .gov in another country's interest. As of today I say the foreign attack against Russia is nullified as long as you have the stomach to deal with the DUAL CITIZENS in the PENTAGON, CIA and other KEY CHOKE POINTS issue. I ain't asking for A fucking witch hunt. Otherwise they'll call me racist while claiming state secrets (which cover up treason) are classified; a catch 22.

I have had it PROVEN to me without a doubt that there are STILL some honest oath keeping people in the DOJ, I don't know the organization enough to understand how it is that they can't just stop this crap. Unless it's blackmail/fear. It would appear from the outside they should be on that shit blazing fast! Yet they don't. I also do not know HOW MANY are loyal vs disloyal to the Constitution and Bill of rights. I would seriously think about a sanity check national security audit and RE-LOYALTY OATH ING. I ain't a lawyer fix the words.

There are other things that bug me.
Okay like Leland Yee an ol ChowBoy. Yee passed gun legislation. That shit must be overturned the fucker was dealing in the same shit he was banning! This is TREASON! and the fucking shit stain democrats in California play the drooling retard game. I know Doris Matsui's husband was different that Doris who now is milking the crap out of her husbands legacy---HOW THE FUCK IS THAT IN CALI's INTEREST!? Roll back the shitty fucking laws these fucking TRAITORS PASSED!


Time for the FBI, DOJ to shine and stop these motherfuckers. Russians ain't doing jack shit. But ISRAEL IS.

Falcon49's picture

It is hard to understand something...if you are being paid not to understand.  And thus...the conundrum that many in government face everyday.  The corruption starts at the top and has infected every aspect of our society.  Wherever and whenever government touches something the infection spreads and grows.

GreatUncle's picture

If an individual comes reccommended after shaking the hands with a president, congress person or senator they are revealing they are tainted themselves.

The thing is those craving power sacrifice their beliefs to uphold the corruption so you could say are also inherently corrupt and should be trusted.

Last time in the states pointed out to a friend, your system works on A robs B robc C who then rinse repeat C robs A to start it again. You fight to hang onto it because you know there are too many people out there trying to rob everybody else.

A noticeable difference between societies many will never see to understand.

Robert Trip's picture

Biden discussing "secret" plans with Chuck Todd on NBC explaing how the Russians are going after Hillary.

Never any mention of the contents of the leaks.

Why didn't Chuckie hammer Joe about that?

That was a rhetorical question. You all know why.

Anyway there is one thing to look forward to.

The Brown Clown getting out of our collective faces in a couple of months.

Unfortunately he's a bitter racist with nothing to lose so he can still make our lives miserable.

GreatUncle's picture

+1000 "Never any mention of the contents of the leaks."

Totally and aboslutely agree, from the truth in those emails you can now picture an elite society who look down on its people making their lives hell in every way.

wholy1's picture

WFT?!  "Barry's" handlers must really be getting desperate.  They're lining right up behind the HildaBeast Flock on the "blame-Russia-for-everything-last-ditch-desparate-attempt" to precipitate a DISTRACTING big-ass war for their quiet "exit, stage left" to remote, well-provisioned/secured digs to then fund - at interest - ALL the combatants and the REBUILD.  The PTB's (Psychopaths That Bugger) game of fiat "credit" issued thru "Pleb" borrowing - AT INTEREST THAT IS N-O-T CONCURRENTLY FUNDED - until the "coupon" (accured interest) can NO LONGER be paid allowing for the consolifdation/transfer of the underlying REAL wealth to said PTBs, which is then covered up by precipitating a big-ass war.

Smerf's picture

These people are idiots. Corrupt, inbred, group thinking zombies in suits.

Aussiekiwi's picture

Hey!! They may be idiots. Corrupt, inbred, group thinking zombies in suits. But they are OUR

Corrupt, inbred, group thinking zombies in suits, as opposed to their idiot, Corrupt, inbred, group thinking zombies in suits.

...Just wanted to clarify that..:)

Come On Puu See's picture


Robert Trip's picture

Sheep around the world are waking up to the nefarious ways of their masters.

To get their minds off of guillotines and pitchforks the masters have gone back to the tried and true "threat of nuclear war" card.

If you believe any of this nonsense then you are...well, a sheep.

silverer's picture

The threat of nuclear war. Never happened, never will, right?

Tom Green Swedish's picture

Who gave the Russians computers anyways?  Why do we even sell people shit like this?

Aussiekiwi's picture

I Blame the Internet thingy, things were fine in the old days before computers and smart phones, if you wanted to spy on somebody you would have to write them a letter and post it to them asking them 'what you doing?' then wait a couple of weeks for a reply, much simpler :)


GreatUncle's picture

Yes the ANZAC way of doing things, over them their trenches as cannon fodder while those telling you to do this have a jolly old time at home.

Pin Obama as a mascot to the next ISIS toyota pickup so he can truly lead the way to those he seek to save for a profit.

Baronneke's picture

I truly wish to see a cage-fight between Obummer en mr. Putin.  Hell yeah.....that would be some nice entertainment.  


Although primates are very strong....I would bet my money on mr. Putin.

Kina's picture

I think what they meant was they are going to get Hillary to change her password.

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Oct 15, 2016 5:18 AM

Yes, the CIA needs some dim witted nigger to tell them the Russians are attacking.



pocomotion's picture

Oh, this is a gem,  Change dim to Dem.

Wahooo's picture

With 200 military bases around the world, plus many securities brokerages and foreign operations of US companies, the US has many, many more potential points of failure than Russia when it comes to cyberwar. The US won't go down that path.

GreatUncle's picture

Obama has painted himself into a corner with this ... should of stayed out of it going to go down now as the first and worst African American president in history and truth be known also corrupt to the eyeballs.

The corrupt content of the emails wetworks and all are justified in his mind and all legal like.

The Russians for allegedley revealing the emails with wikileaks has revealed to the American people just how corrrupt their society is. THAT IS THE TRUTHFUL NARRATIVE OF THEIR LIES, IT MATTERS NOT WHERE IT CAME FROM IT IS THE CONTENT.

Trump only gets the ticket because of the 100% corruption of the system in full, not one part is exempt be it FBI or the so called truthful media. What is Obama saying about the content in the emails ... go on ... what?Nothing.

Important that if he was a genuine patriotic American he should be fucking livid, raging, over this. But he says nothing. ands don't that just say it all.

Can you jail ex-presidents? You might want to consider it as complicit in everything.

Think there is insight here into where the US is right now, happening in the UK too. For all that shit those governments do in the world it eventually becomes blowback.


Robert Trip's picture

The worst, by far, President in the history of the United States of America.

The first and last "African American," whatever that is.

FreeShitter's picture

If you think he's bad wait till hillary gets in.

kellys_eye's picture

Given how easily most false flag operations can be exposed, resorting to a form that requires less evidence and is easier to hide has to be the current thinking.

See how 'claims' made against Trump are being manipulated in the media - now imagine what 'horrors' a Russian 'cyber attack' could be made to be seen to be doing.......

pine_marten's picture

Under the guise of a cyber attack they could:

Disrupt and invalidate the election

Target alternative news sites

Steal money

J J Pettigrew's picture

How's the Russian Reset going.......Hillary, Barry?

Romney was right....and the Obama administration is wrong...once again

Kina's picture

Fuck off Obama to another planet.

You don't get to make global nuclear war just because you got your panties in a bunch over Syria.


Now you don't even know if Russia can now disbale all the electrics on your drones, planes and ships from a distance.

What a total emabassment that would be, the 7th fleet blacked out floating around with the tide being buzzed by Russian Sus.