The number one fact remains … Russia did NOT “hack the election” at any level of the official election system The most they allegedly did was hack a private non-government group, the DNC, and a private non-government (well, he was Hillary’s right hand man when she was Secretary of State) citizen, Podesta, who were too fucking smug and dumb, much like Hillary and her private server, to be emailing even Santa Claus.
Clapper: “It’s clear the Russians hacked our election process and spread propaganda…”
Yeah? There’s a Hell of a lot more ‘proof’ SNL hack Tina Fey affected the 2008 election process by spreading her anti-Palin “I can see Russia from my house…” propaganda.
DNI James Clapper knowingly lied when he said that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. DNI James Clapper lied under oath when he told Congress that the NSA was not intercepting the communications of the American people. The DNI was the #1 top intelligence chief when the CIA backed up Obama’s “JV team” remark about ISIS and wrote talking points for the administration on Benghazi. This is the Obama administration’s POLITICIZATION of intelligence, so if the American people are skeptical, don’t blame that on Trump–who hasn’t even taken office yet. Look in the mirror, Mr. Obama, and all your sycophants on the Hill.
The Washpost implies here that the Kremlin took the prospect of a Trump presidency more seriously than any major US media. No, no, no. The point of releasing damaging info on Hillary and the DNC was to discredit HER presidency, not elect Donald Trump. Does anyone really think Putin thought Trump would win? When Obama mocked his 2012 opponent, the man who said Russia is the greatest threat to American interests, whom do you think Putin was “rooting” for, Obama or Romney? Note that they knew Russia was doing this a year ago. How much do you want to bet that those 35 Russian diplomats would still be dining in the US Capitol if HILLARY had won the election?
By the way, any alleged “hacking” happened under Obama’s watch. Trump is not yet POTUS.
Seriously, a large majority of voters from this past November’s election couldn’t possibly tell you one single thing they might have heard regarding any of the Wikileaked DNC/Podesta emails prior to casting their vote(s) in the election. Ask those same people about the fake Palin comment (via Tina Fey) and they’ll tell you they believe she actually said it.
And how alarmed and outraged was the DNC that they got forced into full transparency by the Wikileaks email dumps? Ummm…
According to one intelligence official who spoke to the publication, no U.S. intelligence agency has performed its own forensics analysis on the hacked servers.
Instead, the official said, the bureau and other agencies have relied on analysis done by the third-party security firm CrowdStrike, which investigated the breach for the DNC.
It’s like the feds haven’t a problem with any of this, including Hillary’s rogue private server and outside IT services while doing highly classified government business while at State.
HotAir has more: Hmmm: FBI, CIA never examined DNC servers?
But! But! But Hillary said that 17 intelligence agencies had concluded that the hack was by the Russians! And that was during the campaign. How could she say that if no U.S. intelligence agency has performed its own forensics analysis on the hacked servers?
And remember this from about a month ago:
First, if you really cared about Russian hacking like you claim to do, you’d give the computers to the FBI so that they — the actual counter-intelligence law enforcement agency of the US — can hunt the bad guys down.
Second, although some DNC jackass says this private firm Crowdstrike is “pretty good,” I’ll tell you what they also are — they are paid by the DNC. When your employer lets you know he strongly would like you to consider a conclusion he favors, well, someone getting paid and looking to get paid in the future might just find himself seeing Reds Under His Beds that aren’t necessarily there.
The DNC isn’t acting like it thinks it was hacked by Russians. It’s acting only as if it’s in its political interest to claim it was hacked by Russians.
A friend on Facebook also notes:
This claim of Russian hacking seems to overlook some things. First: If what the Democrats are claiming is true, the Russians hacked into the Democrat Party’s computers. Keep in mind that the the political parties are not government agencies. They are private corporations. So, if true, our government wasn’t hacked, just these private organizations. Second: What resulted from the hacking?
A more informed electorate, because all the information gathered in the hacking, was released for public consumption. In other words, if true, all the Russians did was perform a service that our American news agencies were suppose to do.
Tim ‘Also-Ran’ Kaine brought up “Watergate” during his turn at the microphone in the hearing and tried to make an, I dunno, analogy or some-shitty-thing about the evil republicans under Nixon breaking into the democrat office in a DC hotel blah-blah-blah. Yeah, that Watergate case his recent running mate was fired from in disgrace for lying and such during the investigation in the 1970s. It’s like you tried to make a lateral pass, Timmy, and threw it into the hands of the other team’s cheerleader.
One of the republicans on the hearing’s committee remarked extensively about the US history of involving itself in interloping in the affairs of other countries around the world, and even their elections. He pointed out the reports of the Obama administration’s recent (failed) attempts to have Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu beaten in his recent re-election bid.
So then, what can Americans do to be more aware of cyber security?
Well, use kick-ass passwords and not shitheaded passwords like “password” like Podesta and don’t click on the Nigerian millionaire emails … like Podesta.
But this is a dead dog and pony show. They want to de-legitimize Trump, as they did Bush in 2000. America could and would NEVER elect a republican president. No, sir! It would only be done so illegally!
What do they expect? Trump will step aside for Hillary? Oh, and she’s apparently mulling running for NYC mayor, by the way.
Now then, how about all the hacking of our supposed secure data on government computers that have stolen millions of bits of critical private information of taxpayers and our military members…
The “Russian hacking” story in the U.S. has gone too far. That it’s not based on any solid public evidence, and that reports of it are often so overblown as to miss the mark, is only a problem to those who worry about disinformation campaigns, propaganda and journalistic standards — a small segment of the general public. But the recent U.S. government report that purports to substantiate technical details of recent hacks by Russian intelligence is off the mark and has the potential to do real damage to far more people and organizations.
The joint report by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a catchy name for “Russian malicious cyber activity” — Grizzly Steppe — and creates infinite opportunities for false flag operations that the U.S. government all but promises to attribute to Russia.
The report’s goal is not to provide evidence of, say, Russian tampering with the U.S. presidential election, but ostensibly to enable U.S. organizations to detect Russian cyber-intelligence efforts and report incidents related to it to the U.S. government. It’s supposed to tell network administrators what to look for. To that end, the report contains a specific YARA rule — a bit of code used for identifying a malware sample. The rule identifies software called the PAS Tool PHP Web Kit. Some inquisitive security researchers have googled the kit and found it easy to download from the profexer.name website. It was no longer available on Monday, but researchers at Feejit, the developer of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, took some screenshots of the site, which proudly declared the product was made in Ukraine.
That, of course, isn’t necessarily to be believed — anyone can be from anywhere on the internet. The apparent developer of the malware is active on a Russian-language hacking forum under the nickname Profexer. He has advertised PAS, a free program, and thanked donors who have contributed anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. The program is a so-called web shell — something a hacker will install on an infiltrated server to make file stealing and further hacking look legit. There are plenty of these in existence, and PAS is pretty common — “used by hundreds if not thousands of hackers, mostly associated with Russia, but also throughout the rest of the world (judging by hacker forum posts),” Robert Graham of Errata Security wrote in a blog post last week.
The version of PAS identified in the U.S. government report is several versions behind the current one.
“One might reasonably expect Russian intelligence operatives to develop their own tools or at least use current malicious tools from outside sources,” wrote Mark Maunder of Wordfence…
— POLITICO (@politico) January 5, 2017
Well, okay, we can watch Hillary lose … again.
Sort of like re-watching the “Blazing Saddles” beans and campfire fart scene again. Ya laugh like Hell every time.