White House Squirms when Asked about Lack of Outrage at Years of Chinese Hacking
JANUARY 6, 2017
On Tuesday, ABC News’ White House correspondent Jonathan Karl went toe-to-toe with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest over the odd disparity in the way the Obama administration reacted to the Russia and China “hacks” of our government. While the government has yet to prove that Russia has hacked our systems, they chose to respond by expelling 35 diplomats, but when they proved that China had been hacking our systems FOR YEARS, the administration did NOTHING.
Watch Earnest squirm as he grapples with answering what should be an easy question.
Jon Karl: So when the Chinese hacked OPM in 2015, 21+ million current and former government employees and contractors had their personal data stolen by the Chinese. Why did the White House do nothing publicly in reaction to that hack? Which in some ways, was even more widespread than what we saw here from the Russians?
Josh Earnest: These are two cyber incidents that are malicious in nature but materially different.