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.

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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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oncemore's picture

Russia depends a little bit upon internet.

USA depends totally with everything upon internet.

Well if Russia retaliates and brings down internet in USA (Stock excahnge, el. power and air transport) then USA dies.

I see it funny, what this man of dubious citizenship dubious name (is he Soetroro still, Where is a document showing change of his name to Hussein Obana?) dubious social security# (since when do have living people soc.sec# from a dead person?) treatens Russia.

Popcorn and let me watch it.

tlnzz's picture

Our Government is setting up for a false flag operation to distract from the information coming out about the criminal Clintons.

shine's picture

The purpose of telling on a major TV network that USA will cyberattack Russia "in retaliation for WikiLeaks material over Hllary" is not to actually cypberattack Russia. USA is already doing it anyway. The sole puropse is to convey again to Americans the idea that Russia is to be blamed for WilkiLeaks material and to divert the attention from WikiLeaks content.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The real war is being waged against the MIDDLE, the UNDECIDED voters, by once again redirecting the Narrative away from Hillary's misdeeds.

Even the WH itself said a couple of weeks ago, that we/they are in a 'Narrative War'. Where ALL wars starts. Especially PR wars.

See, it even worked on 95% of you, since you took the bait.

Prediction: NOTHING will happen, except to keep the UNDECIDED in check.

Aubiekong's picture

I am sorry if you cant see Hitlary is an evil bitz amd you are still undecided than you are a moron and should lose your right to vote...

Cthonic's picture

When did congress vote on thermonuclear war with Russia?  Where is the ball-less congress when you need a rogue president impeached? 

James TraffiCan't's picture

They haven't gotten out of bed with the Democrats yet this morning! A one party system...disguised as a two party system.

Beam me up!

Downtoolong's picture


The thing to keep foremost in your mind is that we have Hillary to thank for it all, and whatever happens next. If she can do this much damage to our international relations while running for President, just imagine what she can accomplish if she gets elected. Benghazi will likely become a blip in history compared to that.


squ33zeb1nd's picture

For clarity; Berry is threatening to retaliate against an outside entity for “hacking” an illegally and unsecured open email relay device? Why did he not simply guide his subordinate to the use of proper protocol?

Aubiekong's picture

the only reason you make that kind of statement public is that you are setting up a false flag event.  What obama is hoping is for a mistake to happen and some American soldiers to be killed resulting in a real war. We are being pushed into war by obama and his elite handlers...

Aubiekong's picture

God I hope trump points to the failure of Bush, clinton, obama, and in the wings Hillary as we have bankrupted our nation, destroyed the middle east, Killed hundreds of thousands of people who's surviving family members now hate us all for what?  If you want more of that vote for Hillary she will bring us to war very soon against Russia.  If you want us to end our bat crazy middle east destruction policy and instead work on making America great again by foccusing on the issues here at home like jobs then vote for Trump...

S Spade's picture

aubiekong, i hope moore-ons stop blaming bush for everyone else's failures.  the economic collapse came of legacy dem programs (and dem majorities his last two years in office).  dems lost the war in iraq, and spawned isis.  the islamic jihad is here whether you like it or not, it won't go away cause you choose to ignore it.

DjangoCat's picture

You don't quite get it.  There is a lgic and reaon to it.  The middle east needs to clear of fighters and obediant to allow maor pipelines from the Caspian region.  The whole are is being destabilised.

The Russians have there own interest in a mediterranean port and so support Syria and Iran to keep control of the same corridor.

We crush the people and make a wine of their filtered blood, to be served in the boardrooms and yachts.

S Spade's picture

i wish he'd just shut the hell up until he leaves office...frickin moron

qwertyFUBAR's picture

"...opening cyber doors..."

Is that like unzipping your cyber pants in preparation for exposing your cyber cock?

Or are they talking about the pajama 'back door'?

To my IT ears some of this cyber language is such fluff empty Dilbert-Bossy that I'd have the insatiable urge to whip out a water pistle and squirt these people in the face while laughing.

PORT SCANS and FOLLOWTHROUGH: You mean they're not already?

PSYOPS: Yes. Probably what it comes down to but we knew that already.

FIBER CUTTING: Make it look like an acc-i-dent. Best weapon in the arsenal. Plant photo of Mr. Bean as false flag. Definitely full frontal war though. Uh oh, ten of ours just went silent. Are they allowed to do that??

PACKET STORMS: Global pissing contest nobody wins.

DjangoCat's picture

Where's MillionDollarBonus when you need him?