There has been a lot of talk this week about an imminent WWIII scenario, and now more fuel is being added to the fire in the form of an Obama Administration announcement that the CIA is prepping for a targeted “cyber strike” against Russia. The reason for the proposed cyber strike? Reportedly, the U.S. is responding to Russia’s alleged “interference” in the U.S. presidential election.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 14, 2016
As NBC News reports, the Cyber strike against Russia (and WWIII talk) come after weeks and potentially even months of alleged Russian cyber hacks and other attacks that have purportedly impacted the 2016 general election cycle. According to some sources, Wikileaks may even have an association with hackers from Russia. Indeed, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused of having questionable ties with Russia and perhaps even colluding with President Vladimir Putin himself.
So why would the threat of a mere cyber strike against Russia lead people to believe that WWWIII is imminent? As the Inquisitr reports, President Putin hasn’t minced his words when it comes to the U.S. presidential elections. According to Putin himself, a Hillary Clinton victory could mean a devastating war between two of the world’s most influential superpowers.
“If it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s war.”
— Deplorable Kenneth (@kenivan) October 14, 2016
— GenXtremist (@GenXtremist) October 14, 2016
— Ricky L. Jones (@RLJSlick) October 14, 2016
— Rachel Thompson (@rachview) October 14, 2016
Indeed, rumors of an imminent WWIII involving the U.S. and Russia have been flying with increased frequency this week as Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Donald Trump, has floundered both publicly and in the polls. As Trump’s inexplicable political star seems to be dimming, the threat of Russian aggression and U.S. retaliation has seemingly become more profound, stoking WWIII fears.
“First, there was Bush senior in power, then Bush junior. [Bill] Clinton was [U.S. President] two times in a row, now his wife has ambitions. Again, the family might stay in power. As they say in Russia, a husband and a wife are the same Satan.”
According to CIA officials, the U.S. government is claiming to be quite certain that Russia is behind the rash of cyber attacks and hacks that have plagued the current election cycle. So certain, in fact, that the newly announced planned cyber strike against Russia is expected to target the leadership of Russia and even be used to harass and “embarrass” the country’s leadership.
— Peter Tran (@breachreadiness) October 14, 2016
Perhaps not the smartest move when dealing with Russia and pervasive fears of WWIII sweeping the globe.
For Russia’s part, in spite of the current rumors of an imminent WWIII and talk of a U.S. cyber strike against Russia, the country’s leadership has vehemently denied any role in the election-related hacks and cyber attacks that have plagued U.S. politics this year. Russian leaders have even accused the U.S. government of deliberately warmongering and stoking “anti-Russian sentiments.”
Sources in and close to the CIA haven commented specifically regarding the precise nature of the planned cyber strike against Russia, but Vice President Joe Biden (without discussing a rumored imminent WWIII) did speak out about “sending a message” to Russia in a conversation with Chuck Todd of Meet the Press on Friday. In fact, according to Biden, the message the U.S. government plans to send with its planned cyber strike isn’t to Russia, in general, but to Russian President Vladimir Putin in particular.
“It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
Pretty scary stuff, according to some. Especially considering that, according to The Express, Russia recently held a four-day “civil defense drill” that led to the evacuation of 40 million people, people who were reportedly preparing for a nuclear-fueled imminent WWIII.
Reportedly, Russia has underground bunkers, fully manned and stocked, and capable of protecting tens of millions of its citizens from the ravages of an imminent WWIII, even a nuclear one.
Even more ominously, just days before the CIA announced plans for a massive cyber strike on Russia, and amid ongoing talk of an imminent WWIII, Russia called its citizens living abroad to “return to the motherland.” As the New York Post reports, Vladimir Putin wanted “his” people back in the country due to increasingly strained tensions between Russia and the United States.
— Keith Crawford (@tsudo) October 14, 2016
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky claims that the decision to bring Russian citizens home was much more than a response to strained diplomatic ties with the U.S., saying that it was a precursor to something much more deadly and ominous.
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some big war.”
An imminent WWIII? Some seem to think so. Including former Russian Lt. General Evgeny Buzhinsky, who promised that the U.S. won’t emerge unscathed with a “confrontation” with Russia. His comments were made days before the announcement that the CIA is planning a cyber strike against Russia.
“If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one. But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”
What do you think? Are the current pervasive rumors of an imminent WWIII credible, and could the CIA’s reported plan to unleash a cyber strike on Russia make an already terrifying situation worse?
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