As reported by Censor.NET, the Arizona senator said in audio obtained by the Guardian: "We don't have a policy and we don't have a strategy" for Russian cyber warfare.
"It is the one aspect of our confrontation where I believe our adversaries are ahead of us", he said adding "it is a hell of a lot of easier to offense in cyber than defense".
France is holding its first round of presidential elections in April and far right nationalist Marine Le Pen is leading in opinion polls. Le Pen's party, the National Front, is currently facing scrutiny over its ties to Russian banks and she has insisted that Russia's occupation of Crimea was legitimate. The 2014 invasion of Crimea drew international condemnation and led to international sanctions against Russia.
As reported, on Jan. 6, 2017, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence published a declassified version of a highly classified assessment of Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections. The agency assessed the influence campaign aspired to help President-Elect Trump's chances of victory when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to the president-elect.
The U.S. intelligence community believes that in trying to influence the U.S. election, the Kremlin sought to advance its longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, the promotion of which Putin and other senior Russian leaders view as a threat to Russia and Putin's regime.
Earlier, Dec. 6, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama instructed the U.S. intelligence agencies to make a comprehensive assessment of Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections.
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