Did A Spy-Turned-Congressman Just Out His Role In Cyber War With Russia?


WASHINGTON — A former CIA operative who now serves as a member of Congress indicated at a recent public event that the U.S. has engaged in “offensive cyber operations” against Russia, a revelation that comes while the two countries are effectively squaring off in Syria and Ukraine.

The disclosure of the operations, which are likely classified, may have skirted the legal line with some coy phrasing.

“I got a degree in computer science. I did some offensive cyber operations when I was in the CIA,” said Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who was at the agency from 2000 to 2009.

Hurd was speaking at an event on Thursday organized by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons. “Were you the Stuxnet dude?” Clemons quickly interjected, referring to an alleged joint U.S.-Israeli effort to sabotage Iranian nuclear infrastructure in 2009.

“No, no,” Hurd said. “Let’s just say I’ll probably never be invited to Moscow anytime soon. And I’m not too concerned with..