On February 21, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security adviser, told CBS television's “Face the Nation” program that those responsible for “SolarWinds,” the massive 2020 cyberattack on the U.S. government, would face a response that included “a mix of tools seen and unseen.”
And he blamed Moscow: “We will ensure that Russia understands where the United States draws the line on this kind of activity.”
Russia’s RT state broadcaster reported on Sullivan’s comments and noted the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment the hack was “likely Russian in origin.”
“This echoed evidence-free mainstream media claims, as well as their own language, in ‘assessments’ about the 2016 election,” RT wrote, referring to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Moscow has denied any involvement in the SolarWinds breach, calling it ‘yet another unsubstantiated attempt’ by the U.S. to scapegoat Russia.”
The notion that media reports about the SolarWinds hack have been “evidence-free” is false. Although the U.S. has released limited information about the hack, multiple sources have presented evidence pointing to Russia’s involvement.