A new Politico report adds to the headaches for former President Obama and his team, as evidence mounts they were given ample warnings about Russia.
Yet another report suggests former President Obama and his administration mounted an insufficient response to potential Russian interference in U.S. elections.
This one, from Politico, carries the bombshell that officials warned Obama and his team about potential Russian efforts to penetrate American political networks as early as 2014.
From Ali Watkins:
As early as 2014, the administration received a report that quoted a well-connected Russian source as saying that the Kremlin was building a disinformation arm that could be used to interfere in Western democracies. The report, according to an official familiar with it, included a quote from the Russian source telling U.S. officials in Moscow, “You have no idea how extensive these networks are in Europe … and in the U.S., Russia has penetrated media organizations, lobbying firms, political parties, governments and militaries in all of these places.”
That report was circulated among the National Security Council, intelligence agencies, and the State Department via secure email and cable in the spring of 2014 as part of a larger assessment of Russian intentions in Ukraine, the official said.
This is becoming a theme for the Obama administration.
- In June, The Washington Post published an exposé where one “senior official in the Obama administration” concluded the 44th president “sort of choked” in his response to Russian interference during the 2016 election.
- Obama’s own defense secretary, Ash Carter, said last month that it is “quite clear” the administration’s efforts to tackle Russia were “not sufficient.”
- And Obama’s own national security adviser, Tom Donilon, said the next day that “more aggressive public attribution would have been the more appropriate thing to do.”
President Obama has yet to respond to the most recent claims that his response to Russian hacking, and other interference efforts, was insufficent.
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