Candace Owens claims Russia is 'not a threat' after Kremlin's 'act of war hack' was compared to Pearl Harbor

CONSERVATIVE pundit Candace Owens claims Russia is "not a threat" despite its alleged involvement in a cyber attack that saw US government departments and private businesses infiltrated.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes Moscow is responsible for the "act of war" hacking spree, which has since been likened to Japan's surprise assault on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The New York Times best selling author believes that China, rather than Moscow is a greater geopolitical threat to the US.

Ms Owens tweeted: "Russia is not an immediate threat to America – China is.

"Our media is in bed with China which is why they refuse to spell out the very threat that China represents to America, but to all Western nations, and the world.

"Russian 'collusion' was CCP propaganda," she said.

The 31-year-old pundit is a staunch Trump supporter and appeared to echo his view.

Without evidence, the president blamed the Chinese government for the attack.

The Republican dubbed the cyber hack as "far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality."

President Trump tweeted yesterday:"I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control.

"Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).

"There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA. @DNI_Ratcliffe @SecPompeo".

Secretary Pompeo blasted Russia for its alleged involvement in the cyberattack, which has been compared to the attack on Pearl Harbor that saw America enter World War II.

Spies hacked Microsoft and infiltrated a US nuclear weapons stockpile as part of a nine-month "virtual invasion" by Moscow, inserting code into network management software from SolarWinds Corp app.

Pompeo told The Mark Levin Show: "This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity."

Democratic Rep Jason Crow of Colorado likened the cyber assault to Pearl Harbor, the site of a US naval base where Japan launched a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, which brought the US into World War II.

He tweeted: "The situation is developing, but the more I learn this could be our modern day, cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor.

"Our nation is under assault. This cyberattack could be the largest in our history," he added, before tagging Donald Trump and demanding: "Where are you?"


Republican Senator Mitt Romney also showed his dismay in the White House's "inaction".

He said: "The cyber hack is like Russian bombers have been repeatedly flying undetected over our entire country."

He then went on to list: "Alarming US vulnerability," "apparent cyber warfare weakness," and "glaring inadequate cyber defenses."

The politician added: "Inexcusable silence and inaction from the White House."

Romney also called for a "national security re-set that prioritizes cybersecurity capabilities and defenses."

He also compared the cyber attacks to "Russian bombers".

"They had the capacity to show that our defense is extraordinarily inadequate. That our cyber warfare readiness is extraordinarily weak," Senator Romney said.

Russian spies have been accused of hacking Microsoft and infiltrating a US nuclear weapons stockpile, which Moscow has vehemently denied.

The malware used in the major breach, which poses a "grave threat" to America, was "isolated to business networks only” and has not affected US national security, an Energy Department spokeswoman said.

Top senators on the Armed Services Committee reportedly said on Thursday that the "ongoing" attack had "the hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation" after the FBI confirmed the multi-department hack.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration have proof that their networks were accessed by hackers, officials told Politico.

The networks of the NNSA and DOE, which sustain the nuclear weapons stockpile for the US, were also hacked during the "espionage operation".

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