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Sen. Bill Nelson says he's disappointed with Obama White House over Russian hacks

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (right) greets interns in his Tallahassee congressional office on Dec. 16.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (right) greets interns in his Tallahassee congressional office on Dec. 16.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said he is disappointed in President Barack Obama’s administration for not saying and doing more about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election prior to the election and failing to launch a counter cyber attack against Russia to send a message.

During a meeting with reporters in Tallahassee, Nelson, a Democrat, said it is clear the White House knew Russian President Vladimir Putin had specific involvement and was trying to tip the scales for one candidate over another. Yet the White House was not explicit enough about bringing that out in the public before the election.

“I think that was a huge mistake on the part of the Obama White House,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the U.S. should have launched its own cyber response to make the Russians think twice in the future about trying to interfere again.

“I was struck that the United States had not done some counter cyber attack against Russia, which is a way of telling them don’t mess with us,” Nelson said.

[Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2016 6:56pm]

    

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