Recently, the U.S. authorities have routinely hyped the “Cyber attack” of the United States by other countries, but this time, the President of the United States and the Secretary of State have not unified their calibre.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo announced in an interview with the media on the 19th that he was “very sure” that Russia was behind the recent major Cyberattacks, and Russia had been included in the list of “enemies” of the United States.
A few hours later, Trump tweeted on the same day that China was the mastermind behind the “recent cyberattack”, and also accused the media of fabricating information about Russia’s Cyberattacks, because the media “does not dare to blame China for economic reasons”.
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Recently, the United States once again exaggerated “being invaded by the Internet on a large scale”. Pompeo pointed the finger at Russia, but Trump publicly came out to sing the opposite.
On the 19th, local time, Trump hinted on social media that China “may be the “behind the scenes” of Cyberattacks” on many U.S. government agencies and enterprises, while Pompeo just “confirmed that Russia did it” a few hours ago.
Trump tweeted: “The Cyberattack is much more serious in the mouth of the fake news media than in reality. I have fully realized that everything is under control. Whenever something happens, someone repeatedly mentions ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ because those media dare not discuss (Cyber attacks) for economic reasons (which is really possible!) Possibility”.
An official told CNBC that Trump’s move is intended to divert the topic to China, and by the way continue to repeat the so-called “forced technology transfer” and “human rights violations” of China in the same old tune. Trump has instructed advisers to “fight China” in all aspects during the last period of his term, the official said.
Previously, NBC reported on December 19 that the U.S. cybersecurity department warned on the 17th that a “major Cyberattack” against the United States had been discovered, which posed “severe risks” to U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure and a large number of private sectors.
A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said: “At present, the U.S. National Security Council is focusing on investigating the situation of this incident. We will respond appropriately to the actors behind these attacks.”
NBC quoted White House sources as saying that White House officials have drafted and are preparing to issue a statement calling Russia the “behind the mastermind” of the large-scale Cyber intrusion. But then these officials were asked not to make this statement. The source also did not specify who gave the order and why it was.
On the 19th, Pompeo accused Russia of planning the relevant actions. In an interview with a radio talk show, he said that the attack was “made by Russia” and “I think we can now say quite clearly that Russia participated in the operation. The Russian government is putting the network of the United States at risk. We must make the Russians pay the price.”
Pompeo later said that Russia had been included in the U.S. “enemy” list. Pompeo said he could not disclose more information as the investigation was still ongoing.
NBC reported that U.S. officials privately said that they believed that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Agency (SVR) carried out the operation, the predecessor of the famous KGB. No one believes that China has played any role in this attack.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who has long played the role of “anti-China pioneer”, also tweeted that Russia, saying “it is becoming increasingly obvious that Russian intelligence agencies have carried out the worst Cyber intrusion in American history”.
Regarding Trump and Pompeo’s different positions, some American media continue to hint that Trump “comity with Russia”.
According to the Washington Post on the 19th, Gregory F. Trevorton, former chairman of the National Intelligence Commission. Treverton) said that Trump “acted like a Russian agent who took money”.
Trump “ignored the growing evidence” and tried to divert responsibility from the Russian side while downplaying these seemingly serious invasions, the report commented.