Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 24, 2017

From August 2016 until December, when the Obama administration confirmed to the nation that Russia had interfered in the election, the Post reports that officials tried to figure out a response to Putin, including possible "cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of CIA-gathered material that might embarrass Putin, and sanctions that officials said could "crater" the Russian economy".

Officials in the Post article suggested Obama struggled to find a way to respond to Putin without being so aggressive that he would be perceived as trying to influence the election in Clinton's favor - a point Merkley echoed Friday.

The Post reports that U.S. intelligence agencies had sourcing deep inside the Russian government capturing Mr Putin's direct instructions in the operation.

The lengthy report is based on interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defence and Homeland Security departments, and USA intelligence services, the newspaper said. The article suggests he was anxious about making things worse; the hacking to that point (planting fake stories online, getting into Democratic emails, etc.) was not believed to have had a serious effect on the election, but Obama feared going after Putin would prompt him to launch a more severe cyber assault on Election Day. "I feel like we sort of choked". Without any response from the White house, Russian Federation continued its hacking campaign.

One constant factor in discussions over how to respond was a belief that Mrs Clinton would win the presidency and there would be time to confront the Russians more directly after the election. Thirty-five Russian diplomats were also ejected from the country. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

Several Obama administration officials defended the president's decision not to retaliate sooner, citing that their priority had been to ensure the integrity of the vote on election day.

Tony Blinken, Obama's former deputy national security adviser, said Friday that the administration took significant action to prevent Russian Federation from interfering with the electoral system itself. "Importantly, we did that". "In many ways that complete picture is still being filled in". "We weren't able to put all of those pieces together in real time".

"We made massive efforts so they couldn't do that", Blinken told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour".

Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR asserted that Obama had no good options leading up to the election. "So, there was enormous bias in the election because of the Russians, but how do you balance that out without further damaging it?"

Former deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken noted that Obama had personally told Putin to cease the cyber campaign during a G-20 conference in October 2016. "But the damage was already done".

"The reality is, in two or four years it will serve Vladimir Putin's interest to take down the Republican Party", Kinzinger said.

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