In his final months of office, former President Barack Obama approved retaliatory measures that would see the equivalent of cyber bombs placed inside of Russian infrastructure in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Washington post reported in depth on Obamas response to Russian election tampering attempts and his decision to alert the public of the issue on October 7th.
In the wake of the revelations, Obama decided to punish Russia by expelling 35 diplomats and closing two Russian compounds in the US.
According to the Post, Obama also approved a yet to be reported covert measure that would see security services plant Cyber Weapons in Russian infrastructure which could be detonated in the event of retaliation in response to increasing Russian aggression.
However, the project which evidently didn’t come to fruition was still only in the planning stages when Obama left office and it would be up to President Donald Trump to decide whether to use this action.
The Obama administration also deliberated over dozens of retaliatory options for deterring or punishing further Russian meddling. These included not only the ‘cyber bombs’, but also the release of CIA gathered material that would embarrass Russian President Vladimir Putin and sanctions, according to officials, that could “crater” the Russian economy, an economy already suffering heavily under US led sanctions for the Russian invasion of Crimea.
Russian election meddling is the signature scandal of the current President’s administration so far.
By Aaron O’Leary – Media Bias Fact Check
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