Viktor Yanukovich

Russian hackers seek to embarrass the U.S. this election season

Russian hackers seek to embarrass the U.S. this election season

In February 2014, the Obama administration was embarrassed when a secretly recorded phone conversation between the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine and Victoria Nuland, a senior State Department official, was posted on YouTube.

The two officials could be heard privately picking who should be in the new government in Kiev, and at one point, Nuland used a four-letter word to dismiss slow-moving diplomats at the European Union.

The intercepted call, which U.S. officials traced to Russian intelligence, created friction between U.S. and EU envoys.  But its real significance is only now clear — Russia was publicly willing to use the fruits of espionage to upend U.S. foreign...

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