Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community is ready to respond to the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by hackers that had the support of North Korea. “Our intelligence services, the folks who would be responsible for at least the first wave of trying to make sure they don’t have the capability to do this again, were ready, they have the capability, they were ready to go,” Rogers said on Fox News Sunday. “The problem here was not the fact that we didn’t have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time, we just didn’t get a decision from the president of the United States.”
Rogers continued to explain that the U.S. has the ability to make certain that North Korea does not carry out a similar attack any time soon, but would not detail how this would be done. Rogers said the way in which President Obama spoke out publicly about the attack diminished the United States’ ability to respond, but also declined to explain why the president’s actions hampered an American response.