Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

Former President Barack Obama reportedly rejected a plan to retaliate against the Russian government's cyber meddling before the 2016 presidential election. "It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability". Only Obama and three senior aides were permitted to see it.

"Our primary interest in August, September and October was to prevent them from doing the max they could do", a senior administration official told the Post "We made the judgment that we had ample time after the election, regardless of outcome, for punitive measures". Despite being given a dossier containing evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directly ordered the cyber campaign, Obama decided not to punish the Kremlin because he did not want the appearance of tilting the election and believed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would ultimately win.

Putin had given specific instructions, the Central Intelligence Agency report added, aimed at defeating or at least damaging Clinton and boosting Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly - and often tauntingly - denied that his government interfered in the 2016 US presidential race.

Obama advisers reportedly feared that if they attempted to confront Russian Federation too much at the start of the allegations emerging "things could get far worse", including Russian Federation attempting a cyber-assault on voting systems before and on the day of the election.

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", a former top Obama official in on the Russian Federation discussions said, lamenting the actions ultimately taken against the Kremlin. The Post says the Central Intelligence Agency package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read and meetings in the situation room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to avoid leaks.

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They included "cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of CIA-gathered material that might embarrass Putin and sanctions that officials said could "crater" the Russian economy", the Post reported.

"We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote", said former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. "I feel like we sort of choked".

In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its probe into Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin - and the hacked DNC emails were published by WikiLeaks on July 22. "Importantly, we did that".

The newspaper said the operation, still in its early stages, had been signed off by Mr Obama and authorised United States agencies to carry out the orders, even during the new Trump administration.

"It's also important to establish what happened and what they attempted to do, so as to ensure that we take the steps necessary to stop it from happening again".

Brazil has several ground stations of Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system, a rival to the U.S. GPS system, and Temer said that his country could host more of them.

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