Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian networks

Russia regrets new US sanctions, mulls retaliatory moves

Russia regrets new US sanctions, mulls retaliatory moves

He had even challenged the Obama White House to explain why it waited until after the election results were in to sound the Russian Federation alarm. He provided no evidence to back up his claims, but critics feared that his rhetoric could undermine public trust in the outcome of the election.

After the Central Intelligence Agency said it discovered previous year that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to harm Hillary Clinton and help then-candidate Trump, the Obama administration and congressional leaders were reluctant to take action before November's election.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the United States presidential race. "I feel like we sort of choked". "Meanwhile, the Russians were playing this much bigger game, which included elements like released hacked materials, political propaganda and propagating fake news, which they'd pursued in other countries".

In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its probe into Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin - and the hacked DNC emails were published by WikiLeaks on July 22.

But it was not until January that it issued a separate declassified intelligence report that assessed Moscow was attempting to tip the election in t Trump's favor - and only in December did Obama approve a modest package of retaliatory sanctions and expel a compound of Russian diplomats.

Instead, the US expelled a few dozen Russian diplomats and imposed other somewhat minor sanctions. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office.

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US President Donald Trump has consistently called allegations of Russian hacking "fake news".

Denis McDonough, who served as Obama's chief of staff, said that the administration regarded Russia's interference as an attack on the "heart of our system". "Importantly, we did that".

On 7 October, meanwhile, the White House issued a delicately worded statement saying that the U.S. intelligence community was "confident" that the Russian government was behind the hack of the DNC.

"It's also important to establish what happened and what they attempted to do, so as to ensure that we take the steps necessary to stop it from happening again".

Elsewhere, the Post described how Obama's team regretted his "modest" response to the Russian Federation allegations, including confronting Putin to tell him "we knew what he was doing and [he] better stop or else", during a meeting of world leaders in Hangzhou, China. A former senior official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation, who was not named by the Post, is quoted as saying: "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend".

"Our primary interest in August, September and October was to prevent them from doing the max they could do", a senior administration official told the Post.

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