BREAKING: New Details Released of Obama Hiding Attack on U.S.

June 9, 2017

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New details are coming to light that reveal a troubling coverup by the Obama administration — fearing public outrage, they suppressed details of an Iranian cyber-attack on the U.S. State Department in 2015.

A report by The Washington Free Beacon revealed that President Obama deliberately failed to reveal that his State Department was aware that Iran hacked their emails and social media accounts during the same week that United States officials were negotiating key tenets of the Iranian Nuclear Deal.

An attack on the home front 

The cyber attack on our home front occurred on September 25, 2015 and could possibly have been used as leverage against the Obama administration during the negotiations.

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon:

The attack took place within days of the deal overcoming opposition in Congress in late September that year. That same week, Iranian officials and negotiators for the United States and other world powers were beginning the process of hashing out a series of agreements allowing Tehran to meet previously determined implementation deadlines.

That same week, United States officials were hammering out long discussions with Iranian members and other world powers to finalize the agreement with Tehran.

Wide-scale cover-up

Sources familiar with the attack indicated that many at the State Department were “deeply troubled” by this and couldn’t seem to understand why it was being brushed off as anything but an attack to the safety of our country. The Free Beacon obtained an email with the details, and reported:

At least four State Department officials in the Bureau of Near East Affairs and a senior State Department adviser on digital media and cyber-security were involved in trying to contain the hack, according to an email dated September 24, 2015, and multiple interviews with sources familiar with the attack.

Had the public been aware of the attack, it would have undoubtedly unraveled an already terrible deal for Obama’s administration. Michael Pregent, a senior Middle East analyst at the Hudson Institute, explained:

Within hours of the Iran deal being greenlighted, Iran was already conducting cyberattacks against the very State Department that ensured passage of the [nuclear deal]. Acknowledging a cyberattack after the [nuclear deal] was greenlighted would be something that would immediately signal that it is a bad deal—that these are nefarious actors.

Mark Dubowitz, the CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said:

Iran’s hacking of State Department data underlines “one of many of Iran’s malign activities that continued and the State Department essentially ignored while the Obama administration was working out the fine points of the nuclear deal.

Old news or vital concern?

The attack occurred a few years ago, but it highlights Iran’s continued lack of respect for the Obama administration and the U.S. Not only was Iran the leading state sponsor of terrorism, but they hacked the State Department the same week they were negotiating to have nuclear capabilities.

If the information surrounding the attack wasn’t detrimental, why did the Obama administration suppress it? More importantly, it underscores the willingness of Iran to harm the United States at all costs.

It’s a shame that the influence of the United States leadership abroad was weakened so greatly under Obama’s purview. Iranian aggression might have been quelled many years ago.


Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a staff writer for The Conservative Institute.  He has a Master's degree from the University of Mississippi in International Relations and leads a college lecture on terrorism.