Barack Obama’s former Cybersecuriry coordinator has confirmed a “standown” order was granted to Counter Russian Cyberattacks during the 2016 election.
According to foxnews.com
Former Obama administration National Security Council cybersecurity planner Michael Daniel confirmed on Wednesday that a “stand down” order was granted to cancel Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election.
During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, asked Daniel about a passage in the publication Russian Roluette.
The passing was about a staffer out of Daniel’s team, Daniel Prieto, retelling the time that Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice told Daniel and his team to halt their efforts and also to”stand down” in countering Russia’s cyberattacks.
Daniel was quoted saying to his group that they needed to stop working on options to counter the Russian strike:”We have been advised to stand down.” Prieto is quoted as being”incredulous and in disbelief” and asking:
“Why the hell are we standing down?”
“That is a true representation of the dialogue in the team meeting but the larger context is something that we are able to discuss in the classified session,” Daniel stated.
“However, I could say there were many concerns about how many individuals were involved in the development of the options so the decision at the point was to neck down the number of individuals which were involved in our continuing response options. It is not accurate to say all activities ceased at that point.”
Daniel and his group were tasked with developing alternatives to Russia’s cyberattacks on the United States. Russian resisted the Democratic National Committee servers in 2015 and to voter registration systems of several U.S. nations in 2016.