CIA chief warns against in-kind retaliation for Russian hacking: NPR
Reuters, Dec 23 2016
DCI Brennan has warned the Pindo government against a tit-for-tat response to Russian hacking during the presidential election. Brennan told NPR in an interview that aired on NPR Morning Edition on Friday:
I don’t think we should resort to some of the tactics and techniques that our adversaries employ against us. I think we need to remember what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life, our pets, and I think the skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in is beneath this country’s greatness.
Obama, who has asked spy agencies to deliver an analysis of Russian meddling in the election before Trump takes office on Jan 20, last week strongly suggested that Putin personally authorized the hacking. He also left the door open to retaliation, possibly under a Trump administration. Senators have called for a special bipartisan panel to investigate cyber-attacks against Pindostan by foreign countries, with a focus on Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the Pindo presidential election. Brennan predicted that despite the fall of eastern Aleppo, there would be no end to the violence there, telling NPR:
Aleppo’s fall to me is not a sign that there is going to be an end to this conflict, because I am convinced that many many of those oppositionists, the ones who are trying to reclaim their country for their families, for their neighbors, for their children, for their pets, will continue to fight.