Republican U.S. Senator John McCain says Russia must be made to pay the price for cyber attacks against the U.S. Rough cut
When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,’ he said on Ukrainian TV after meeting with President Petro Poroshenko.
‘And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade Russians to stop this kind of attack on our very fundamentals of democracy.’
McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. According to CNN, he has scheduled a hearing on potential internet-based threats from foreign countries that will focus primarily on Russia. The men planning to testify are James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, NSA Director Mike Rogers, and Marcel Lettre, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.
McCain also plans to form a congressional committee with the goal of investigating whether Russia initiated a hack with the intentions of helping Donald Trump to win the election. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has pledged his support in this endeavor, and the two men issued a statement saying that they intend to take the helm in getting to the bottom of whether the foreign government did indeed conspire to influence the election. The statement began;
‘The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy.’
The sanctions announced by the Obama administration are decisive and comprehensive. They include the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats accused by the administration of being intelligence agents, the closure of two compounds being used by Russian diplomatic aides, and a number of economic sanctions on Russian spy services. Trump, predictably, has remained defiant, issuing this tweet late Friday morning in response to Putin’s decision not to retaliate against the US sanctions.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016