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.

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monad's picture

Get your guns in order.

monad's picture

cyber* is the new DNA Fake out.

restelle's picture

Yeah, first put the internet under foreign control, then start an internet "war".  Fast and Furious style, but in your face from the get go.


Kina's picture

American geopolitics is the most inept, poorly thought out, short sighted and ignorant of any country.  They are used to fucking around with small tin pot countries of no power, so get a shock when the skiny kid with glasses lays on a  punch combination to their face.


The USA total fail at geopolitics because their goals are not geopolitical, but money for mates, and kicking sand in the face of children to show whose boss.

Davidduke2000's picture

You would think obama is from Nigeria not Kenya he is so corrupt , too bad the first black president was not a true blue American with both parents are Americans by birth. one American parent is not enought to dilute the crooked in his genes.  he made it impossible for any black to become president for the next 100 years at least if ever.

Davidduke2000's picture

Both obama and hillary smell the rotten corpses which is the smell of demons. 

Jdhank's picture

Many folks (now reported by Alex jones) have said that both Hillary and obammy smell(!) like sulpher. They are Demonic.

Moccasin's picture

Daniel Kuehl, National Defense University -"Why I am Going to Target Your Infrastructure" ... he points out that there are no bloodless cyber attacks, people get hurt and some people die. A cyber attack is a precursor to pre-emptive kinetic attack, the 'adversary' will have no option but to retaliate quickly. If you want to understand what is about to happen, which is total war, then watch this must see video.  https://youtu.be/vgycFPjBCRg



SpanishGoop's picture

I feel quite safe from the Russians.

Just got another batch of 53 security updates for my Windows machine.

Just like yesterday and the day before and.....


Downtoolong's picture


The funniest thing to me about Assange’s email releases is that Podesta, Hillary, Billary, Obama, and every senior official in the Clinton Democratic Machine already know what’s in them. They already know what we don’t yet know, and must be shitting bricks wondering what they will do if the next batch coming down the pike reveals it to us. Even worse, if they try to use modern technology to coordinate their defense behind the curtain, they risk those communications being hacked and exposing them even more. I bet this crowd of inglorious bastards have held many face to face meetings over the last few days in debugged offices, hotel rooms, and the backseats of black limos. I bet those conversations involve a lot of “locker room” talk about Julian Assange too.


The fact that that the Obama Administration has now officially threatened Russia with cyber warfare only demonstrates the amount of political damage that might still be done to the Clinton Machine and his administration by what’s already out there in the clouds. Unfortunately, such escalation only means the battle will eventually spill over from cyber warfare to real warfare with a major world power. Not funny. And to think it was all to get Queen Hillary elected President. I ask you Hillary supporters, is she really worth it? Just how much does she really care about “your” children?


Atomizer's picture

This is to funny. Obama claiming a cyberpunk attempt, yet he couldn't build a website for Affordable Care Act. You got to be fucking kidding me! 

Donald Trump says the '$5 billion website for Obamacare … never worked. Still doesn't work' | PolitiFact

Obamacare Website Costs Exceed $2 Billion, Study Finds - Bloomberg

Obama will be setting up his cyber attack operations from a Kenyan hut village. 

Andre's picture

This is a joke.

Microsoft/NSA had all those back doors implemented - and the Russians/Chinese haven' found them? Riiiiiight.

There was a 1.5 TERAbit DDoS attack recently, using something like 150,000 IoT (Internet of Things)  security cams. We try shit we will lose. Banks don't have those backdoors closed, do they? And if those bits in millions, tens of millions of bank accounts gets wiped? How abuot planting edited images? The potential for real social and financial chaos exists.Imagine Soros after the "Great Delete".



Atomizer's picture

I've been a big advocate against WIN 10. It's a fucking disaster. So far blocked. You need to make sure certain ports are disabled. That's how the bastards get in. 


DirtySanchez's picture

The USA has its very own version  of 007, and it's Obama.

God bless America.

Who was that masked man's picture

Yeah, 006 1/2 but that's his IQ.

kuwa mzuri's picture

It's a couple weeks too early for Obama to engage in trick or treating.  Let's hope Putin throws him some Lifesavers instead of Atomic Fireballs.

Who was that masked man's picture

Oh it's okay.  We didn't really need New York anyway.

dlfield's picture

Let's drone Julian Assange.  Wait, better yet, let's hack Putin's e-mail server and give them to Julian Assange.  ??


Falconsixone's picture

Cia tells obomber not the other way around (obomber has no intelligence).

Kina's picture

And reminds me of the extreme hypocrisy of Michelle Obama....  remember one her earlier jobs...?

Some of it here.....people died because of this initiative of hers/theirs

March 2, 2009 Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scheme By David Catron The First Lady helped create a notorious program that dumped poor patients on community hospitals, yet the national media ignore the story. Imagine if her husband were a Republican.

The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of "redirecting" low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving  its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP's president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a 
statement suggesting that the initiative comes "dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor." 

Oddly absent from most of the unflattering press coverage of UCMC's patient-dumping scheme is any mention of the role our new First Lady played in devising the program. A laudable exception has been the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported last August that "Michelle Obama -- currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital -- helped create the program."

On the rare occasions when other "news" media have bothered to connect the Urban Health Initiative to its glamorous creator, they have attempted to whitewash this tawdry program. Typical of such disingenuous coverage was a story in the Washington Post, which described it as "an innovative program to steer the patients to existing neighborhood clinics."

But no amount of journalistic lipstick can hide the reality that Mrs. Obama's initiative is a patient-dumping scheme. Such "cherry-picking," as Dr. Jouriles accurately describes it, was, at one time, fairly common. Prestigious institutions like the University of Chicago Medical Center routinely "dumped" Medicaid, uninsured and other unprofitable patients on less mercenary community hospitals. Many patients suffered needlessly, and more than a few actually died, as the result of this practice. So, in 1986, President Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act (EMTALA) into law. EMTALA made such "redirection" illegal, but many high profile hospitals still chafed at being forced to treat poor patients. Enter Michelle Obama, UCMC's "Vice President for Community and External Affairs."

Mrs. Obama first hatched the UCMC program as the "South Side Health Collaborative," which featured a gang of "counselors" whose job it was to "advise" low-income patients that they would be better off at other hospitals and clinics. The program was so successful in getting rid of unwanted patients that she expanded it, gave it a new name, and hired none other than David Axelrod to sell the program to the public. According to the Sun-Times, "Obama's wife and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama friend and adviser who chairs the medical center's board, backed the Axelrod firm's hiring."  Axelrod helped the future First Lady formulate a public relations campaign in which the "Urban Health Initiative" was represented as a boon to the community actuated by the purest of altruistic motives.

  • The resultant PR campaign was a study in Orwellian audacity.


And more in the story.....



Archive_file's picture

I drove a taxi while in college in San Diego between 2000 and 2003. The local hospital would give me a voucher and a bloody patients with everything from no legs to colostomy bags and basically tell me to dump them behind a taco shop about 2 miles away.

Kina's picture

Ahh Michelle Obama's America, well at least she had a job with a good income.

Falconsixone's picture

Pictures funny tho...same tough look obomber tried to use collecting crack money from other fags.

Kina's picture

I guess you could say it was her job to keep Black people out of her hospital.... at $317,000pa

not a bad job

SgtShaftoe's picture

Russia should just drop the big one, (proof about the real responsible parties of 9/11).

Atomizer's picture

Obama is dowloading his strategic plan to take out Russia. 

LOIC 1.0.4 - Free download

LOIC - Low Orbit Ion Cannon goes to Open Source Community. DISCLAIMER: The project is not associated with ... Anon Cannon FREE LOIC-like program used to coordinated DDoS attacks. Download ...


Intentionally used a dead link. 

Kina's picture

I need to repost these later to a better thread...


Michelle Obama’s Misogyny Hypocrisy

Ross had been indicted for assault and kidnapping prior to his invitation, and has a rap sheet as long as Bill Clinton’s record of assaulting women.



retired dude's picture

Obama will probably attack our own IT infrastructure before hitting anything Russian.  Get to the banks and withdraw what you can while you can.  Anyway, these leaks are US origin, not Russian.  Likely some disgruntled NSA folks at work here.

Atomizer's picture

Comedy gold post. They have been idea how the interweb functions. Just want to tax it.

Reagan Warned Us About Obama - YouTube

bjax's picture

What Biden is saying, is vote Hillary, or we will attack Russia. The American government are now holding the American people to ransome. And with all their guns, the people seem to be oblivious. I thought the guns were for just this occasion, when the government have got out of control! Well here is a heads up, THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL!!! How much more proof do you need? Do you need them to invoke martial law before you do anything, or wage WWW3? America and the words Rogue Nation now go hand in handand and with good reason.

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Oct 15, 2016 9:13 AM

Let's not and say we did.

css1971's picture

These DNC/Democratic party hacks and leaks are from insiders.

Hannibal's picture

Sounds like a declaration of war!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Will Donald Trump tell the American public like it is in his last debate in Vegas how fucking "bat shit crazy" the little Negro in the Oval Office or I should say his handlers truly are, and that the "Queen" that follows him will be this Country's end!

I know one thing is for certain.

If Donny can't summon the courage at this stage to make a statement to ring in the ears of the establishment how provocative and dangerous this U.S. government has gotten citing the overthrow of the Ukraine government since 2014 and 5 years of total devastation in the Middle East that has bankrupted our economy beyond all limits....

What happens in Vegas will sadly stay in Vegas... including my vote for him!

Might as well stay home November 8 if he can't or won't!!!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

don't be a surrender-monkey

How do you reverse the worst errors in judgement by your government going on 15 years by keeping silent?

Not explaining to your potential constituents still on the fence (incredible to believe that is still possible) how bad it really is for them and that the behavior and threats like this are beyond anything this government has ever shown given it's time and place both economically and politically.

I think we're long overdue for a leader that lines up both words and deeds since we haven't had it since Ronald Reagan's first term!

And if we can't get it now? You and me are probably not going to have a Country for very much longer!

koda's picture

I'm no expert but isn't all of this fallout just more evidence to support the claims that HRC private server was a threat to national security?

mrdenis's picture

Shhhhhhhhh we've supposed to have forgotten about that ....it's had it's 15 minutes 

Jdhank's picture

Or as the HRC campaign ALWAYS says, "that's old news"...just like her.

jughead's picture

I heard that the Russians are behind all of these bimbo attacks on Trump too.  Oh, and they killed Elvis. 

Albertarocks's picture

Could they make it any more obvious?  The retarded "establishment" is going to bring down the US internet, or portions of it, and blame Putin.  And they think the American public is going to fall for it.  These neocons are so insulting to the intelligence of the average 9 year old that eventually they're probably going to have to face the wrath of the American public.  I can't see how that is avoidable, and yet the establishment doesn't even comprehend that an uprising against them is possible, let alone darned near assured.

soyungato's picture

Obama is pretending to be mad at Russia. He think that would make us believe his story of Russia hacking the rotten Rodent's emails. The executive branch is now an extension of the Rodent's presidential campaign. 

css1971's picture

You guys are way over thinking this. These people are dumber than this.


What they're going to do is activate their newly handed over "Internet Kill Switch" on Russia. That is. They are going to remove .ru from the top level domain servers.

What Russia can do to this of course is simply mirror all of the .ru domains under some other name. .cn for example. So it would become .ru.cn


im-a-nut-job's picture

Putin was invited to a white house fancy dress party, wanting to show off his masculinity he thought of going as adam in the bible,so he wrote to a fancy dress supplier to supply a fig leaf. A few days passed and it arrived. he tried it on but it was to small .So he wrote   telling them he was so well endowed he needed a larger size.Days later another arrived and this was still to small.  He returned both of  them with a note saying how angry he was and demanding somthing be done.So low and behold another fig leaf  arrives with a covering  letter saying this is the largest  fig leaf they have and if this is still to small may they suggest he sticks his equipment in his ear and go as a petrol pump.

Charles Offdensen's picture

Let's see here. The buttfucker is going to start a cyber war just 3 weeks before the election to send Russia a Message. When in fact he will use it to disrupt the American peoples ability to vote Never Hillary there by insuring her victory.

And when Biden was asked if the American people will know if the the message was sent he was quote as saying, "hope not." Meaning I hope they don't figure out that we hacked all of the states voting computers who tabulate the votes and realize they were changed. Got it.

Watch out my friends because this is how full blown dictatorship is done. Not like we are there already, but when your vote truly no longer counts then a civil war is not far behind. Now I'm just waiting to see if another conspiracy fact is born.

For the record I tried!

Nohan's picture

Shouldn't Obama be thanking whoever for shedding light on the corruption that is taking place in his government and start cleaninig house?  

It appears that "the system" needs a complete overhaul and the reset to The Constitution needs to be hit.

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies,”  Jefferson wrote. ” If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around these banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Thomas Jefferson 

Now what future do you see for the children if "You The People" don't do this.

I'm not even an American, but your Constitution is the most beautiful map in the world, and your Forefathers had the Vision to warn you what would happen if you got off course.....and you have.

Wake up and start reading the Bill of Rights daily, read it to your children and clean your Government from top to bottom!!!

Hopefully the people from other counteries will do the same.

It's really not about what the next President does, it's about what the People do.   









markar's picture

So are going to use H1Bs for this cyber attack or just outsource it to Bangalore?