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Shortly after the presidential election in November, Christopher Krebs, then head of the Critical Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), responsible for protecting America’s most sensitive assets from cyberattacks, made an outrageous claim. In a statement, Krebs said that the 2020 presidential contest was “the most secure election in American history.”

President Trump was so offended that he quickly fired him.

Partisan critics and the media immediately turned Krebs into a hero and martyr.

But now the massive cyber hack critical of U.S. government infrastructure, by what appears to be the Russian foreign intelligence service, SVR, may be showing that Trump was right to fire Krebs.

Not only was Kerb’s assertion unprovable, but rarely do security or intelligence experts use such absolutist language. Not least because, well you can be proven wrong.

Still, Krebs never backed down, claiming in testimony before a Senate committee last Thursday, his strong confidence in the election process and pointing out there was “no evidence” of electronic ballot tampering by an outside entity.

“I am not aware of any … (voting) process that was accessed by a foreign adversary,”  Krebs testified.

Now, Krebs is singing a different tune. On Sunday in an interview on CNN, Krebs took responsibility for the highly sophisticated hack that penetrated the computer systems of a number of federal agencies, including the Pentagon, and scores of private companies.

This massive hack apparently blindsided Krebs and CISA, as well as most of the U.S. intelligence and security agencies.

“So, the way I look at it is, yes, it happened on my watch at CISA. And we missed it. A bunch of other folks missed it,” Krebs said on CNN.

Krebs added that he didn’t become aware of the hack that was launched in March until it became public last week. “This came out in the public after I was terminated,” he said.

President Trump has not blamed Krebs for the massive hack, but he may feel somewhat vindicated in firing him. Meanwhile, Trump has refused to admit that the devastating hack was perpetrated by Russia, claiming that China might have been behind it.

While we should never underestimate the communist Chinese intelligence services, almost all the evidence thus far points to the Russian SVR being behind the hack. Trump should publicly acknowledge that.

In this, Krebs is right as he was quoted by the New York Post: “Everything I have heard, whether it’s from private-sector cybersecurity threat intelligence experts, things I have heard out of Congress and the intelligence community, it’s Russia.”

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
1 year ago

I’m secure in the knowledge that I need to watch my own six. These clowns are only in it for themselves.

John
John
1 year ago

Watch what happens when Biden gets his hands on the WH. China CCP will not have to use their military just walk right in and take over. Biden and his Democrat swamp just think they are in control. Finish investigation of Biden family and then start the impeachment of Joe like they did to Trump. Republicans need to stand up and fight for our country.
Veteran & Patriot

James McMahon
James McMahon
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Get Beijing biden and his son the hell out of the picture all together. He is in bed with that cesspool of a country China and will sell out the US to serve himself. He has no interest in the American people. Just look at the list of things he intends to undo during his first 100 days in office. Who in their right mind would relax border controls and allow further immigrants into the US, especially during a pandemic? Is this really the person we the people want as our president? He cheated his way into winning the election. And he knows it. Wake up America the bidens, Obama, and the Clinton’s are filthy corrupt. They lie just like Schiff did and all need to be punished for the atrocities they have committed toward the President Donald Trump and the United States. Treasonable charges should be levied against them all so that we could be done with this type of vermon once and for all. The lot of them serve no purpose other then to corrupt our government and endanger our freedom.

Jody
Jody
1 year ago
Reply to  James McMahon

I can’t wait to see those who voted for Biden begin to see where their Country is going….. right into the toilet. I can’t wait for them to see who they really voted for. Sadly enough, I’ll be laughing at the idiots when they wake up.

Jody
Jody
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Thank you for telling it like it is. Those who disagree, are beyond help and delusional!