The US is reportedly considering a plan to retaliate against Russia for its role in alleged cyber attacks that have plagued the Democratic Party, NBC News reported on Friday.

Officials with the CIA say the Obama administration requested options for a “clandestine” cyber attack designed to “embarrass” the Kremlin, according to sources cited by NBC News.

The move comes after the US formally accused Russia last week of employing cyber attack in order to interfere with the presidential election.

The hacks have largely targeted individuals and entities associated with the Democratic Party.

The fallout forced former Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation just before the party’s national convention last month. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, called the ongoing cyber breaches “an electronic Watergate break-in,” and a “sad course of events” for the party and the nation.

Information gleaned from those security breaches has been published by Wikileaks and, at times, cited by Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

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