With barely time to savour his triumph, Barack Obama has been confronted with various international crises to test his mettle.
The U.S. President-elect faces threats from Russia, Israel and Afghanistan as it emerged his election team’s computers were hacked by a ‘foreign entity’ during the election.
Officials at the FBI and the White House believe the hackers sought to gather information on the evolution of both his and Senator John McCain’s policy positions with the idea of using that information in negotiations with the next administration.
Obama technical experts later speculated the hackers were Russian or Chinese, and security ended the intrusion, Newsweek reported.
The Mail (UK)
The first of the challenges thrown at the President-elect, who received his first national security intelligence briefing yesterday, came from the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
He threatened to base warheads along the Polish border if Obama goes ahead with a Bush administration plan to create a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
Then Israel warned Obama last night that his claim that he was ready to open talks with Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness.
Furthermore, Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai demanded that Obama ‘put an end to civilian casualties’ by changing U.S. military tactics to avoid airstrikes in the war on the Taliban. He spoke out after seven wedding party guests were accidentally killed by an American airstrike.
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