Clint Watts On Russia Hack: It Is Long Past Time For The U.S To Stand Up And Fight | Andrea Mitchell

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For months, hackers with apparent ties to Russian intelligence targeted multiple major U.S. agencies, including the Treasury, Homeland Security, and the Pentagon. Clint Watts, former FBI special agent, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss Russian cyber attack allegations and review a damage assessment timeline. According to Watts, the U.S. has "spent billions over the last few years trying to be able to detect just a hack exactly like this or throughout any of these networks. And it failed. And in fact, we’ve probably helped elevate Russia’s game. They’ve gotten more sophisticated. This attack is much more complex…this requires a response.” Aired on 12/17/2020.
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Clint Watts On Russia Hack: It Is Long Past Time For The U.S To Stand Up And Fight | Andrea Mitchell

53 Comments on "Clint Watts On Russia Hack: It Is Long Past Time For The U.S To Stand Up And Fight | Andrea Mitchell"

  1. Russian and stop the steal and the same kinda hoax and just used to keep us divided.

  2. Acts of cyber war. Respond and eliminate.

  3. Romel Cevallos | December 17, 2020 at 4:08 PM | Reply

    You are absolutely right time to Stand up against aggression…

  4. Joe Biden is YOUR President | December 17, 2020 at 4:08 PM | Reply

    New York doesn’t want Trump, Florida doesn’t want Trump….Putin if you’re listening Trump needs a place to stay because we don’t want him.

    • Iron-Curtain-ASAP | December 17, 2020 at 6:45 PM | Reply

      BREAKING: Putin offered Russian citizenship to all Trump supporters. Free coal mine jobs in Siberia too.

    • Joe Biden is YOUR President | December 17, 2020 at 6:49 PM | Reply

      @Chris A I often make the mistake of calling Trump an ignoramus, but he was smart enough to convince a bunch of imbeciles to vote for someone who stole money from his charities, defrauded college students, paid off a pornstar and a mistress while his wife was pregnant, said he would date his daughter, gloated about walking in on teenage pageant participants saying he was inspecting them, has been accused by more than 20 women for sexual misconduct and let’s not forget grabbing women by the….you get my point

    • @junkyard grove
      And black flip-flops with white socks, and his ankles joined closely together with heavy cuffs attatched to great big heavy chains, and of course cuffs attatched to heavy chains around each wrist…
      The whole ensemble.

    • Håkan Bråkan Kråkan | December 17, 2020 at 7:29 PM | Reply

      I’m almost inclined to believe that Trump won Florida just because enough voters didn’t want Trump to be a permanent resident of Florida for at least four more years.

    • @Chris A
      I still do not get that one, for the life of me. I must have been blind to the truths of our country.
      I truly thought we had many more intelligent people here in America. I was either duped or just plain naive.
      At least, in this instance, I was more intelligent, thank goodness.
      But, as I see it now,
      it really didn’t even matter.

  5. Not one word from the orange blight, _STILL DOUBT THAT HE LIVES IN PUTIN’S POCKET?_

    • I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be.

    • We also need to remember and remind people that manafort was passing on polling data and campaign strategy to the Russians and Mike Flynn came very close to treason by undermining the policy of a sitting president by promising that sanctions imposed on Russia for interfering with the election will be lifted by trump. Jr needs to be recalled to Congress and explain his reason for lying to them and why he refused to be interviewed by Mueller, others like hope hicks and others specified in the report need to explain their false statements.

    • @Folk47 Goulet
      Nor is the atrocious pandemic to Trump, either. Despicable.

    • How do think he won the election? It was because russia ran some ads on facebook, which caused everybody to vote for him.

    • Melissa VerDuin | December 17, 2020 at 10:32 PM | Reply

      Exactly what I was thinking! Plump’s a traitor!

  6. This is all because Trump didn’t win he has foreign and domestic acts of terror called upon by him

  7. First we need comrad trump out of their with the rest of Putins stooges so they don’t tip him off like trump does

    • Margaret Nicol | December 17, 2020 at 7:11 PM | Reply

      Call themselves hackers? A proper hacker of the Treasury would have sent out $5000 to every American just to annoy Grump. 🙂 Where’s Robin Hood when you need him?

  8. Richard Spritz | December 17, 2020 at 4:12 PM | Reply

    I don’t like presidents who don’t protect Americans from Russian hackers.

    • @T. R. Campbell Get a new conspiracy theory, this one is getting old….fast!

    • @Lynn Adamson if you’re talking about the Chinese communist connection with the Bidens I don’t think it’s a theory. I have hung around DC for a long long time and we have known for years the Joe was in the tank with the Chinese. In fact after one of our DNC meetings we met in the bar afterwards and I couldn’t fathom why our DNC was going to get with Joe when we had so many other stellar candidates in the primary. I was told a Joe was easy.
      Now with his laptop thing of Hinter’s and the revelation that he is being investigated for tax fraud and money laundering I think we just seen the tip of the iceberg. What is even more chilling is that the Chinese communist have been targeting our party. We had Diane Feinstein employing a chauffeur who later turned out to be a Chinese communist spy. We’ve got representative Eric Swalwell wrapped up in a honey pot scandal involving a Chinese communist female spy who also apparently has slept with two Midwestern Democrat mayors.
      I am proud to have had a major part in having six of eight of my Democrat clients elected to state or national office. They’ve contacted me very worried about what is going on and have sent me a great deal of information. I have told him to look at their staff and associates to determine if they have any Chinese interns or people working or associated with their campaign or their office. I said don’t be afraid about being called xenophobic because this is a national security issue, get their names to the FBI immediately.
      So before our new administration even gets started we’ve got the tax scandal involving Hunter Biden we’ve got the Chinese communist targeting up-and-coming Democrats and a lot of people in the United States think that there was election fraud and many don’t believe that Joe Biden is their president.
      You might think these conspiracies Theories are getting old but, my friend they have not even started.

    • Joe Biden is YOUR President | December 17, 2020 at 10:50 PM | Reply

      @T. R. Campbell You type a lot of jibber jabber. FACT Trump is facing state criminal investigations in New York. If Trump’s taxes are sooo great why did he spend 4 years trying to hide them. Trump LOOOOVES to brag and show off. For some reason he doesn’t want to show off his taxes.🤔

    • @Joe Biden is YOUR President I wouldn’t want my taxes showing off either. There’s a very personal information in there. He’s been audited time and time again. He has filed taxes time and time again. The New York thing as a political prosecution.
      Hunter Biden is under investigation for tax fraud and money laundering the latest news that I received from one of my clients is that he failed to report over $400,000.
      So we have Trump leaving Washington going back to being a private citizen and we have the Biden team coming in and already we have scandal involving Hunter Biden and we are being targeted by the communist Chinese spies.

    • Another uncontested gateway disaster under pro-Russia Trump and his Republican Party sycophants. Nuclear Weapons Agency Breached Amid Massive Cyberattack.
      When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. retaliated by sending Jimmy Doolittle’s squadron to bomb Tokyo. After Russia attacked the U.S. during the 2016 election, the Republicans did nothing. Why? Where is the U.S. retaliation against Russia for this armada of attacks? What of the oath to protect and defend America? The names of those Republican Senators and Representatives who supported Trump and his pro-Russia worship are now chiseled into the tablets of history for their descendants and untold future generations of Americans to recoil from. — Elick Jones.
      “Vladimir Putin owns Donald Trump and both of the men know it. — Joe Scarborough, former Republican and current co-host of Morning Joe cable news program
      Senate Republicans block election security bills as intel report warns of Russian meddling in 2020. Sen. Marsha Blackburn blocks three measures, only days after new intel report warns U.S. hasn’t done enough.
      The Republican Party is the Party of Putin,
      Bipartisan Senate report reaffirms intelligence findings that Russia meddled in 2016 elections.
      ‘Trump is treason’: heckler throws Russian flags at US president.
      ‘The Republican Party Has Surrendered To Russia’
      Republicans Block FEC Probe Of NRA’s Russia Money And President Donald Trump.–r_sqw-Uw
      Ex-FBI agent: Americans should be ‘disgusted’ by Russian interference in Mueller report. “The attorney general said that Americans should celebrate that there were no Americans involved in collusion with the Russians. My take was Americans should be disgusted, frankly. Where they’re celebrating is in Moscow and the Kremlin,” Brock said. “The origin of this was clearly a Russian active-measures campaign, which is a fancy way of saying a propaganda initiative on the part of Russian intelligence, to sow discord into the U.S. election,” he said. “They had some success at that.”— Kevin Brock, former FBI assistant director of intelligence,
      Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Russian Election Interference.
      Lead Republican BLOCKS Bill to Fight Russian Election Interference.

  9. The Influence of Many | December 17, 2020 at 4:16 PM | Reply

    They are so busy focusing on China while they are “bartering” with Russia.🤫
    Watch that outgoing President keenly in these final weeks! 🤐

  10. David Guelette | December 17, 2020 at 4:18 PM | Reply

    One last little Christmas gift from the American president to America’s enemy.

  11. Diana Hulstine | December 17, 2020 at 4:19 PM | Reply

    It didn’t fail we have a bunch of traitors in the whitehouse with Trump the biggest Russian Asset of all

  12. Trump greenlit Russian bounties on the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

  13. Thor God of thunder | December 17, 2020 at 4:34 PM | Reply

    Clint Watts needs to be in the Biden Harris national security council

    • Have no doubt we have a deep bench of equally thoughtful, qualified, excellent people whose names you’ll never hear.

  14. Elizabeth Agnese | December 17, 2020 at 4:35 PM | Reply


  15. Putin has just lost this man inside the White House… He’s throwing a “little man” tantrum…it runs in dictators

  16. Phillip Bailey | December 17, 2020 at 4:53 PM | Reply

    Trump’s fingers r all over this .
    Be safe out there in America folks

  17. *Tell the American people once and for all just how trump got into office! PUTIN!*

  18. Meanwhile, t’rump and republicans are focused on what? “Election fraud” that doesn’t exist.
    Pathetic, yes. Surprising, no.


  20. Trump needs to be charged with sedition and jailed. What needs to happen before Trump is actually removed??

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