Update: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be a featured keynote speaker at FireEye’s Cyber Defense Summit, where she will kick off the national conversation about election tampering and coordinated inauthentic behavior.
The supreme leader of the most transparent administration in history could once again be at the center of a foreign plot to seed disinformation and discontent among American voters.
And no, we’re not talking about the Supreme Leader of Iran, Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei.
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and former CIA Director John Brennan probably hatched the plot to create “fake American social media accounts to pose as journalists, plant letters to newspapers, and impersonate Republican candidates for Congress in an apparent effort to promote Iranian interests.”
Although it’s not completely clear who was behind the campaign, we do know there’s nothing we can do about it.
“It’s not like we can just launch a covert investigation of political manipulation by foreign agents,” Brennan said on CNN. “Who do you think we are?”
“That is who they are,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy for Facebook. “But let me be clear. No one else has an ATM cash-withdrawal limit of $1.7 billion, and no one else sent pallets of cash so Iran could become a ‘responsible member of the international community.'”
Barack Obama, who is in Colombia to give a $600,000 speech, told NBC that “this is a society-wide issue that we’re all responsible for” and “we need to have a national conversation about election tampering and coordinated inauthentic behavior.”