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With only a number of weeks left in his term, and under a great deal of pressure, President Barack Obama spoke with candour and clarity to the unfading issue of Russian hacking in the U.S presidential election. Mr. Obama’s message to Russia was clear: Don’t do this to us, because we can retaliate.

The question now remains: What might be these consequences for Russia’s alleged hacking and tampering?

To Russian ears, this threat, like others before it, likely rings hollow. The United States is constrained, in terms of the potential timing of a retaliatory move and the nature of the move itself.


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  • Eric Jardine

    Eric Jardine is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech and a fellow at CIGI. Eric’s research focuses on the uses and abuses of the dark Web, measuring trends in cyber security, how people adapt to changing risk perceptions when using new security technologies, and the inherent politics surrounding both anonymity-granting technologies and encryption. He is co-author of the book Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online

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