Obama put cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure that Trump can activate: report

Obama put cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure that Trump can activate: report
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo MORE authorized the planting of cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure in the final weeks of his presidency in response to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The project, not completed before the end of Obama’s term, reportedly left the weapons in President Trump’s control after he took office.

The Post described the project as “the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow.”


The report said the CIA sent Obama and three other top aides a top-secret message in early August detailing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders MORE and generally disrupt the U.S. election.

The intel came shortly after the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails that caused embarrassment for Clinton.

The Obama administration reportedly considered a number of responses to Putin, including cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, releasing embarrassing intel about him and crippling sanctions. 

Obama settled on a modest sanctions package that was unveiled in December, along with the planting of the cyber weapons, the Post said.