Pindostan weighs dangers, benefits of naming Russia in cyber-hack
Warren Strobel, John Walcott, Reuters, Aug 1 2016
Wary of a global confrontation with Russia, Obama must carefully weigh how to respond to what security experts believe was Moscow’s involvement in the hacking of Democrat Party organizations, Pindo boxtops said. Publicly blaming Putin’s intelligence services would bring instant pressure on Faschingstein to divulge its evidence, which relies on highly-classified sources and methods, the boxtops said. One option for Washington is to retaliate against Russia in cyberspace. But the intelligence officials said they fear a rapid escalation in which, under a worst-case scenario, Moscow’s sophisticated cyber-warriors could attack power grids, financial systems and other critical infrastructure. Faschingstein also has diplomacy to manage with Russia in Jackass Kerry’s long-shot attempt to enlist Moscow’s help in ending the Syrian civil war and sustaining the Iran nuclear deal, as well as Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine and Eastern Europe to manage. One of the boxtops said:
Despite how outrageous it is to interfere with a democratic election, the costs of coming out and saying the Russians did it would far outweigh the benefits, if there would be any benefits.
Russia has denied responsibility for hacking the emails of the DNC. Also attacked were a computer network used by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the party’s fund-raising committee for House of Representative candidates in the Nov 8 election. Other current and former boxtops are arguing for a firm response. They said the hack was the latest in a series of aggressive moves by Putin, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea, military intervention to rescue Assad, and funding of right-wing and anti-EU groups in Europe. They said the intrusions themselves were not that unusual. Pindo spy agencies conduct similar electronic espionage outside Pindo borders. What made this hack a game-changer was the public release of the DNC emails via WikiLeaks, in an apparent attempt to affect the election. They said they were unaware of any evidence that WikiLeaks had received the hacked materials directly from Russians or that WikiLeaks’ release of the materials was in any way directed by Russians.