Obama Vows Retaliation Against "Russia Hacking", To Hold Press Conference On Friday

Tyler Durden's picture

With last night's top nationwide story, the NBC report that according to unnamed CIA sources, Vladimir Putin himself supervised the hacking of the US presidential election (it is still unclear precisely how Putin "hacked the election", or for that matter, what if any proof exists ), making the rounds and as of this moment having been placed front and center on the front page of Reuters.com ...

... it was obvious that this story was not going away just four days before the Dec. 19, Electoral College vote.

And sure enough, on Thursday evening CNN reported that President Barack Obama vowed retaliatory action against Russia for its meddling in the US presidential election, in effect telling Russia he is about to declare cyberwar on it.

"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing," Obama told National Public Radio. He is certainly right: the only doubt is that a foreign government did in fact try to "impact the integrity of our elections."

Describing potential countermeasures by the US, the President, confirming he had learned something from Donald Trump, said "some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be."

Obama also said he directly confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about a potential US response, and said his counterpart acknowledged his stance. "Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it," Obama said.

As CNN adds, Obama and Putin conferred on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China in September. Afterwards, Obama told reporters he raised cybersecurity with the Russian leader. It was not clear if Obama had told Putin he was prepared to launch World Cyber War I against the Russian, just because Hillary won an election every "expert" in the country said Trump would lose.

Intelligence agencies in October pinned blame on Russia for election-related hacking. At the time, the White House vowed a "proportional response" to the cyberactivity, though declined to preview what that response might entail.

Russia has, of course, laughed off this escalating stupidity. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state TV channel Rossiya-24 that he was "dumbstruck" by the NBC report of Putin's alleged involvement.
"I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious," he said.

Early on Thursday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the AP the report was "laughable nonsense", while Russian foreign ministry spox Maria Zakharova accused "Western media" of being a "shill" and a "mouthpiece of various power groups", and added that "it's not the general public who's being manipulated," Zakharova said. "the general public nowadays can distinguish the truth. It's the mass media that is manipulating themselves."

That may be true, but Obama is set to give it one last try.

As CNN further adds, officials have said US actions against Russia may not be revealed publicly.

Speaking Thursday at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to say whether the US had already begun its response to Moscow's actions. "The President determined once the intelligence community had reached this assessment that a proportional response was appropriate," Earnest said. "At this point, I don't have anything to say about whether or not that response has been carried out."

Meanwhile, at Hillary Clinton's "thank you" party for billionaire donors, the topic of both Donald Trump and Russian hacking came up, and Hillary told her supporters not to "lose heart."


Then there were other, unsubstantiated if more concerning reports:

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So what does it all mean? We'll know the answer tomorrow early afternoon.

According to Reuters, President Barack Obama will hold an impromptu press conference at the White House on Friday at 2:15 p.m. ET before leaving for his annual family vacation in Hawaii, the White House said on Thursday. It would be fitting if Obama announced he would start a cyberwar with Russia, then jetted off to the safety of a far off, golf-friendly island.

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balz's picture

You're history, Obama. A bad memory. Shut Up and Go Away.

underman's picture

Submit proof, before you submit us to the consequences of retaliation!

balz's picture

Anyway, what is a retaliation by Obama? "I won't play golf in Russia anymore".

What a pussy.

FatTony7915726's picture

Send the muslim mulatto back to Kenya.  


The Islam solution:

1. Close the borders.

2. Destroy the mosques.

3. Deport the Muslims.

4. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture


The guy who said recently that there is no evidence that Russian was involved in any hacking?


Exactly how stupid are the people who voted for this Manchurian candidate?

And are they more stupid than those that voted for Hilary or simply more self-deluded?

Deathrips's picture


Put an 8 week porch time on newbeez. Let them vote but no comments for 8 weeks. Lets get the shit out of here.




*Yes I upvoted myself. Theres some retardedness going on a'round ere.



Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Is your comment targeted at me?

I've been on ZH for 1 year, 28 weeks and lurked for a long time before joining.

Is that a "newbee" to you?

And exactly what part of my comment did you take issue with?

The part about Obama contradicting himself?
The rhetorical question of how stupid the people who voted for him are?
Or the subsequent question about how stupid are the people who voted for Hillary?

Why don't you actually try commenting to my comment instead of trying to punish me because I'm what you classify as a "newbee" (despite being here over a year and a half)?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Supposed to be fight club here brother, come out with yoru virtual fists swinging and ignore the backlash, rational or otherwise.

That said...

Please understand, the new normal is nothing like the old normal. This news-flow could be:

1) Obama setting stage for election nullification for Hilarious

2) Obama setting stage for election nullification for own perma-rule

3) Obama setting stage for Coldwar 2.0 for Drumf 

4) Obama setting stage for US internal civil unrest by nullification fo the elections....

I could go on. If you cannot DO something, just wait and watch and then act...

Jim in MN's picture

5) Psyops to flush out information on Trump supporters and patriots before they lose control of the surveillance machinery.

So just to help them out



FUCK YOU NEOCONS (neoliberals are a made up myth)




Hope you fuckers got all that.

Deathrips's picture

Calm Down cupcake.


It was an OT post. Not at your ego.



BabaLooey's picture


Before you go all hall room monitor here - I think the ZH veterans know who's who around here.

Censor much? 

Or are you some sort of Mark Zuckerfucker?

Deathrips's picture

Are your feelings hurt 134?

quit stalking me.





philipat's picture

So let me se if I get this right. For the sake of domestic politics, the Left is not only prepared to lie and cheat but also to put the security of the world at risk. Libtardness is getting out of control unless it is "progressive" to want to exterminate half of the world's population?

Parrotile's picture

The Georgia Guidestones may well give you a clue (and it is a LOT more than "half the World's population")

JRobby's picture

Progressiveism at its finest!

"We want to change things in the way that benefits us most, even elections"

It's all out in the open now.

Jim in MN's picture

No, we can weed out the bullshit.

That's on us, not the Tylers.

JRobby's picture

Wait until Monday.

Then you will see some real insanity. Unless they keep it hush hush. Trump will let us know. 

Obama doesn't want to be on the mainland next week?

buttmint's picture
Monica Alba ? @albamonica

HRC talked Putin & Russian hacking tonight at NYC donor party, per source in the room -- said she was proud to have stood up to Putin as SoS


.....stand up to Putin as Secretary of State? She sold him USA uranium assets and pocketed the proceeds!

This CUNT is rotten...as in Rodham!



new game's picture

and to think she and pulosass of cali have offspring. and will be in politics.

depressing thought of the day, week and year...

fucking sad shit maynard...

Mareka's picture

Nobody in the MSM seemed worried about hacking when the topic was Hillary's unsecured server.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Jeffersonian Liberal Dec 16, 2016 7:35 AM

They aren't stupid, they are under a spell.

They stay in their progressive safe spaces in the internet, see how that safe space the educators fight for work?

they don't know nuttin

Keyser's picture

What's he going to do, throw his toys from the pram and have a good whinge? Fuck you Barry, you're days are numbered, like less than 34... 

larz's picture

Am I soft...to think this whole thing is a farce ?  Can we get back to reality

Jim in MN's picture

Could be just trying to flush out information before the Inauguration.  Certainly no basis in reality, so there can only be a more nefarious strategic purpose to the Russian hack nonsense.

Save_America1st's picture

Nice!  I'm down for that. 

Oh, I know...all the bleeding heart fake delicate snowflakes will say I'm a raaaayciissssssss.

Well, you know what?  Fuck them and fuck the musloids too. 

wherewasi's picture

Retalliation = Red Line in Vyberspace?

FreedomGuy's picture

Was it "secret sanctions" for Putin or "secret Santa". So easy to get those confused.

MFL5591's picture

He is a total con man!

SmokinMonkey's picture

Yeah Russia did such a good job hacking the election thats why Hitlery won the popular vote

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) SmokinMonkey Dec 16, 2016 8:05 AM

the voting machines aren't online so this is even more of a joke.

Nekoti's picture

Don't go away mad, just go away.

Cheka_Mate's picture

Wait, so we are supposed to believe that a Foreign Government hacked the election and his response is to leave for a golf vacation in Hawaii?

<<<<"Hillary, don't ruin my last free vacation over this BS"

<<<<"I could care less about the future of America either way."

bluez's picture

YEARS -- For YEARS I been warning you assholes!!!


Now the machine lovers hate Putin???



HedgeJunkie's picture

Obama Vows Retaliation Against "Russia Hacking"

All that means is that Obama won't purge his bowels, brush his teeth or acknowledge that his best butt buddy is a Dom.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

I love that picture above Putin's clenched fist ready to take Obongo out in one blow. Now that is the way to settle WW111.

drendebe10's picture

Moar "peddling fiction" from the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile.

AViewFromDublin's picture

Obama the Pizza Puppet.

supersajin's picture

Is this not what we expected? Obama clining onto power during his last days.

Crash Overide's picture

Please someone, make this stupid end!

peddling-fiction's picture

Obama, you will pay dearly if you do not let go.

We are being played, you know. Right?

Regardless, lots are going to get hurt.

SoDamnMad's picture

If all the Russian kids who hack from Vladavostok to St. Peterburg (12 time zones) suddenly got patriotic and decided to REALLY hack for the motherland,  I GUARANTEE  you that even your Big Mac wouldn't come out right let alone you bank account scrambled or your sewer system shut down.  The factories that make golf balls would start producing egg shaped ones which would mean the president would have a hard time cheating to make par.

Like the Detroit voter recount, watch out for what you wish for. 

Never One Roach's picture

He's clinging on to his gubmint job because that's all the community organizer knows how to do. He wouldn't know a balance sheet if it hit him in the face.

peddling-fiction's picture

If he doubts his success back there, here, take a look at reality over there --> http://heyjackass.com/

Parrotile's picture

Over the past 4-6 weeks, I have noticed that when I log into YouTube as "me" I'm getting a LOT (and I REALLY mean a LOT) of "recommended viewing" clips of "Nuclear Attack Scenarios" - US and Aussie Emergency Warning System, "spoof" realtime nuclear attack scenarios - and I don't click on any of these links. As you kow YouTube tends to "manage" your account to present the user with content they might actually watch (along with the ads), and if you consistently DON'T click on particular topics, the system usually "learns" that you are not interested and adjusts your preferences accordingly.


Doesn't seem to be happening with these "Nuclear Attack Warning" clips, so why not? Am I being over-paranoid in suspecting that the owners of this channel (Alphabet I believe) may be "preconditioning" us to accept nuclear conflict as "possible to likely" via a subtle, almost subliminal approach? Seeing as China is losing US paper at a very healthy clip, maybe "something sinister is in the works", or maybe it's early-onset Alzheimers (paranoia is a known symptom in some cases!)

peddling-fiction's picture

Parrotile> Youtube is highly fine-tuned for your own "good".

DC calls it AI Al, I call it AI hAL, but it makes no difference, it is a mix of real AI and your "handler's" manual tweaks.

Caught_Fish's picture

Only wish I could give you more upvotes.

I do not wish my children to see total war in this electronic age.

My parents and some friends lived through ww2 in the Netherlands and Germany, the stories would make you cringe.

Lynx Dogood's picture

Civil War!

The left and their snowflakes loose for life. The country for 15 to 20 years.

Cruel Joke's picture

...has made White House decide orderly transition isn't main priority

WTF? Is this what I think it is? Did Washington just declare war with the rest of America?