The Washington Post's explosive exclusive about the CIA's intimation to then President Brack Obama last August about the massive Russian hacking operation has caused a stir in Washington. However, not a lot was actually done by Obama to counter the Russians and the current US President has laid the blame for alleged Russian intervention on his predecessor.

Trump blames Obama

The Washington Post report stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the massive hacking operation that had been used to undermine American democracy and elect Donald Trump to the Presidency. Obama was informed of the fact in a secret CIA report back in August but his actions could at best be described as feeble.

Donald Trump reacted to the report yesterday in his Twitter feed and then went on to blame Obama for not doing enough when he already had the information.

Under the circumstances, it must be said that The President's comments are perfectly natural. In yesterday's interview with 'Fox & Friends', he said as much. Trump said "The CIA gave him (Obama) information on Russia a long time before they even -- before the election. And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me, in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad."

Obama administration's 'choke'

A high-level official in the Obama administration spoke to the Washington Post about the events after the President and his closest aides had been briefed by the CIA about Putin's plan to help Donald Trump win the election.

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He stated that he found very hard to defend the administration about their inability to stop the menace perpetrated by Russia and Putin. He went on to say that he felt that they 'sort of choked', thereby implying that the administration did not have the gumption to fight back. Needless to say, Donald Trump's comments about the Obama administration's conduct definitely rings true.

While the Russian hacking and online assault continued, Obama could only issue warnings to Putin and Russia, but none of it actually led to anything of note. Obama had considered imposing crippling economic sanctions on Russia but did not go through with it in the end. All of it definitely looks like a bit of a choke. It was only in the final days of his Presidency that Obama acted by expelling 35 Russian diplomats. However, the damage had already been done.