Well, it can’t be too covert any more now that it has publicly announced, can it? Anyone else mishandling covert and/or classified information in such a manner would land in prison for life.
“Covert” action against Russia planned by Obama administration says NBC report
The CIA is preparing to launch a cyber-attack against Russia, according to reports from NBC News.
It was reported that US intelligence officials said the attack was in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the upcoming presidential election.
Spies have reportedly been tasked with coming up with various options for “wide-ranging ‘clandestine’ cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.
The report says that groundwork has been laid for an attack with targets being selected as well as other preparations. Former intelligence officials said that the CIA had gathered documents that could expose unsavoury tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In an interview on US television vice president Joe Biden said that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
Authorisation for the attack will ultimately fall to President Obama but divisions persist on whether or not to proceed. Former CIA officers said there is a long history of the agency being asked to propose options for attack on Russia only for those plans to be abandoned.
The cyber-operation is being prepared by the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, according to the report. This has hundreds of staff and a large budget but isn’t as big as operations run by fellow agency NSA.
The Guardian newspaper reports President Vladimir Putin of Russia saying, “For the first time the US has recognised that they themselves do it (cyber-attacks),” and described the allegations against Russia as mainly US election campaign rhetoric.
Full article: CIA readies itself for cyber-attack on Russia (SC Magazine UK)