Biden refused to say if he knew that the company paid millions to the open the pipeline, as widely reported. This is a form of terrorism but the President will not say if he knew that they had been paid the ransom. He simply gave a "no comment"...
...These pipelines work closely with the government and it would be reasonable to expect Biden to state our position on paying off cyber terrorists. Administration officials have dismissed questions by saying this is a private company despite the huge national security concerns.
...Cyber terrorists just sent our East Coast into chaos and the President has no comment on whether he knows about the ransom and whether his Administration discouraged this company from giving into terrorists...
...There may be good reasons why the Administration would support ransom payments but we should have a national debate on that policy and why our basic infrastructure remains vulnerable to such attacks.

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