Obama’s Cyber Official Says He Was Told To ‘Stand Down’ On Russia Hacking
Michael Daniel served as the White House’s chief cyber official for President Barak Obama from 2012 until the end of his Presidential tenure. Daniels is making claims that he created methods to potentially stop Russian election meddling, but the Obama administration gave him “stand down orders.”
The news comes on the heels of the most contentious Russia-meddling outrage narratives created by a variety of mainstream media outlets. The claim by Daniel supports President Trump’s long-held contention that Russian meddling and hacking was an issue throughout Obama’s tenure. Daniel’s book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” is the first instance of his claim that his efforts to stop the Russian interference were thwarted by forces beyond his control. Comments regarding the matter were also made at a 2016 Senate Intelligence Committee into the Obama administration’s handling regarding Russian hacking.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, confirmed the failures cited by Daniel’s, saying, “we were caught flat-footed at the outset and our collective response was inadequate to meet Russia’s escalation.”
Victoria Nuland, Obama’s former assistant secretary of state for Europe, claims that she was informed of a large-scale DNC hack in 2015 which she believed to be likely a Russian job.
“I believe there were deterrence measures we could have taken and should have taken,” Nuland testified at the hearing.
Daniels created proposals for defending against Russian cyber-warfare. One proposal was to execute “denial of service” attacks on Russian media websites, which would have inherently slowed the sites down and even stopped them from responding. In other words, the sites would have crashed. The goal having been to encourage Russia to stop the criminal hacking discovered to have been carried out on the DNC’s servers.
But his efforts, according to his own claims, were denied by Obama administration officials. According to Daniel Prieto, one of Daniel’s staff members working on the cyber-warfare defense strategy, it was Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, who gave the official stand down orders.
“I was incredulous and in disbelief,” Prieto stated in Daniel’s book. “I was incredulous and in disbelief.”
Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?” He went on.
According to Daniel’s testimony, Rice took issue with the number of people working on the proposals. She requested that his staff be thinned down.
So the Obama administration told their chief cyber official to both stand down and to lower the amount of staff assisting in helping defeat Russian cyber-warfare.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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