By Adam Escobedo
The United States is planning a cyber attack on Russia for alleged Russian interference in the presidential election. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been asked to give the White House option of cyber operations to harass and embarrass the Kremlin leadership. The CIA has gathered documents that can expose unsavory tactics by Vladimir Putin.
NBC News reports that retired Admira,l James Stavridis, said, “It’s well known that there’s great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs,” he said. “It would be very embarrassing if that was revealed, and that would be a proportional response to what we’ve seen”. This is what the US might use against Russia.
When asked about the situation, Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd 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.”
The operation is being prepared by CIA’s Center of Cyber Intelligence, documents indicate. According to officials, the team is composed of hundreds of staff members, and they have the budget in the hundreds of millions.
Two former CIA officers who work in Russia told NBC News, “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.” It is risky for the U.S. to perform a cyber attack against Russia. In the end President Obama will have the saying whether he will authorize the CIA operation.