House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff found The New York Times’ report saying that US Cyber Command is launching digital attacks on Russia’s power grid “disturbing.” To be more precise, he was disturbed by the fact that the US President Donald Trump was not given detailed briefing on the matter as military officials suggest that the president would discuss the undertaken measures with his foreign counterparts.
“What I found most disturbing about that New York Times story about whether we’re preparing the battlefield, in terms of the electrical grid in Russia, was the fact that the security officials with the administration felt they couldn’t tell this to the president because he might compromise that information in a conversation with the Russians,” said Schiff. “Or he might countermand their orders, their military decisions, because of the president’s obsequious attitude towards Russia,” he added.
According to The New York Times, “Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.”
When asked whether digital attack on Russia is being conducted, Schiff said he could not “confirm whether the program that is described in The New York Times is either accurate or inaccurate.”
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