The 20 page unclassified intel report on the alleged Putin/Russian hacking of the DNC emails, or as the liberals in media and the democrat party love to say “hacked the election”, came out today. Here’s FNC’s Catherine Herridge…
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 6, 2017
If I’m reading it right, in hearing Catherine Herridge’s report (3x) on the intel findings on the alleged Russia hacking she seems a bit surprised (almost a hint of puzzled) by how “definitive and strongly worded” it reads. She said it’s ‘judgements and conclusions’ are at the ‘high confidence level’ and in the intel world that means it’s an A or an “A+” in its ‘confidence’. She’s said she’s never seen something so definite or strongly worded. Sounds legit.
Katherine Herridge: Revelations in the non-classified Wikileaks report today on Podesta/DNC emails confirmed “no evidence of forgeries” in the emails.
So, exactly what did the Russians ‘hack’ because there’s no evidence whatsoever they had anything to do with the Podesta/DNC emails. And what did the Podesta/DNC emails have to do with the election process?? The only things those emails confirmed was the crooked nature of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Campaign, and the collusion between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC and the Media. How is that a ‘propaganda’ campaign by the Russians – it was their own words?
Zero Hedge says, “The farce is complete.”
One week after a joint FBI/DHS report was released, supposedly meant to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Russia intervened in the US presidential election, and thus served as a diplomatic basis for Obama’s expulsion of 35 diplomats, yet which merely confirmed that a Ukrainian piece of malware which could be purchased by anyone, was responsible for spoofing various email accounts including that of the DNC and John Podesta, moments ago US intelligence agencies released a more “authoritative”, 25-page report, titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”, and which not surprisingly only serves to validate the media narrative, by concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘ordered’ an effort to influence U.S. presidential election.
Specifically, the report concludes the following:
We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.
What proof is there? Sadly, again, none. However, as the intelligence agencies state, “We have high confidence in these judgments”… just like they had high confidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
And while the report is severely lacking in any evidence, it is rich in judgments…
Read ZH’s breakdown of the bullshit report. I reiterate, by Catherine Herridge’s reaction to the 20 page report the intel community had never been more … sure of itself. And I do keep hearing how we just are expected to “take it on faith”, or something. There was no actual evidence, just ‘judgements’ based on third party or anonymous sources. Yeah, no. The DHS, Clapper and Brennan, all having been shown to be politicized over the last 8 years. Meanwhile, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks keep saying it was NOT the Russians who gave their organization the hacked DNC emails.
Oh, and what is getting buried in the finger-pointing at Putin and gleefully jumping up and down is the fact that the intel report on Russian interference finds none of the DNC and/or Pedesta email documents were forged, as the democrats and various liberal sycophants were shouting and claiming early-on. That means they are all the real thing.
And while we are on the topic of ‘leaking’ and media collusion…
Yesterday Donald Trump blew up on Twitter:
How did NBC get "an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?" Who gave them this report and why? Politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Did the Intel community or the Obama White House leak this 50 page classified document? https://t.co/0GSErfpGGk
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 6, 2017
The DNC is screaming about their emails being hacked — or leaked, as someone who claims to know the source of the leaks insist — so it’s a fair question to ask why the Democrats don’t seem upset at all about a leak that hurts a Republican.
In this case, we definitely have someone in our own government or intelligence community leaking a classified document for political purposes.
Is that not also worthy of asking about?
I guess not.
I guess not all cyber-hacking super powers are equal, eh…
JON KARL, ABC: So when the Chinese hacked OPM in 2015, 21+ million current and former government employees and contractors had their personal data stolen by the Chinese. Why did the White House do nothing publicly in reaction to that hack? Which in some ways, was even more widespread than what we saw here from the Russians?
JOSH EARNEST: These are two cyber incidents that are malicious in nature but materially different.
KARL: 20 million people had their personal data taken… fingerprints, social security numbers, background checks. This was a far-reaching act–
EARNEST: I’m not downplaying the significance of it, I’m just saying that it is different than seeking to interfere int he conduct of a U.S. national election. I can’t speak to the steps that have been taken by the United States in response to that Chinese malicious cyber activity–
KARL: But nothing was announced. There was not a single step announced by the White House.
EARNEST: It is true that there was no public announcement about our response, but I can’t speak to what response may have been initiated in private.
KARL: But no diplomats expelled, no compounds shut down, no sanctions imposed, correct? You don’t do that stuff secretly.
Ed Morrisey @ HotAir notes:
When this popped up on Twitter, one person responded that the disparity was because the Russians hacked the election. Actually they didn’t hack the election; they conducted a propaganda campaign boosted in part by hacks on two private political organizations, one of which refused to cooperate with investigators afterward. That’s certainly serious enough to merit some kind of a diplomatic response, but the Russians didn’t change vote totals or crash electoral systems — in fact, they didn’t penetrate any government systems in this effort.
However, the OPM hack in particular was much more damaging, and was conducted directly against the government of the United States. The hack went on for over a year and exposed the background-check files of anyone who applied for a security clearance. That included the raw data from those checks, which means that China’s intel agencies have their hands on a lot of very sensitive information they can use to potentially blackmail people in highly sensitive positions. At the very least, they know who all of those people are and where they and their families live, which is a huge head start on forcing people into becoming moles and double agents.
And yet, the Obama administration did nothing to publicly rebuke China, except scold them in a speech.
What it comes down to is how the democrats rolled out the red carpet for hackers…
This, according to top U.S. intelligence officials who say they are certain Russians hacked into the Democratic National Committee emails on orders from the highest levels and did so in hopes of undermining our elections.
But they won’t tell us how they know. Just trust them.
OK, if true, all of this certainly should enrage every American. Russia and anybody else committing cyberwar on the United States should be punished with massive retaliatory force.
But it is worth noting two things.
First, whoever hacked into the DNC is not responsible for all the lies, corruption, political rigging and mendacity exposed by the hacked emails. Only Hillary Clinton and her cabal of apparatchiks in the Democratic Party can be blamed for those things.
Second, it is abundantly clear that the United States has been under cyberattack by not only Russia but also China, Iran and many other enemies for years. Whatever efforts President Obama and his national security team have taken to thwart these damaging intrusions are obviously not working.
This should be a stunning black mark on Mr. Obama’s presidency.
Also, some blame for the hack must be laid at the feet of the DNC and Democratic officials such as Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta for their wanton disregard for securing their own email system.
NOTE TO MR. PODESTA: Using “P@ssw0rd” for your password is not really a password. It is more like a “welcome” sign.
Yet, somehow, it was President-elect Donald Trump who seemed to be on trial during Thursday’s Senate hearings…
Politics as usual from the democrats and the Obama administration. As we keep saying, “It’s what got Trump elected, assholes!” Not the Russians.
Of course no word on how much money Vlad Putin put into it, and how it compares to all the millions in influence money George Soros has pumped into this and past U.S. elections and the propaganda leftist American media…
At the head of every nefarious syndicate, there is a villain; and at the head of the tangled web of leftist non-profit organizations, Democrat political campaigns, and progressive social causes — funded by the same shadowy money — there is George Soros. For the last half-century, George Soros has used the power of his money, his financial acumen, and at times legally questionable tactics, to build a global financial empire the value of which is estimated at nearly $25 billion.
With this virtually unlimited bankroll, Soros has become something of a puppet master in both international markets and political arenas, using his influence to enhance his riches and further his leftist political agenda.
Given Soros’ backing of numerous of grassroots organizations including MoveOn.org, his funding media properties, and contributing millions to Democratic campaigns (including the 2016 cycle), it is fair to say that Soros’ influence in American politics is massive, if not unprecedented. This does not, of course, stop the Hungarian-American money manipulator from criticizing President-elect for being exactly what he –Soros – is: a “con artist and would-be dictator.”
I mean, of course Putin allegedly screwing with DNC emails and exposing the truth about the democrats and Podesta as stealing the primary from Bernie Sanders and all the rest of their manipulations is a hell of a lot worse than this…
Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.
“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”
Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”
Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.
First he offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.
Then he offered to make it possible for Andropov to sit down for a few interviews on American television. “A direct appeal … to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. … If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”
Kennedy would make certain the networks gave Andropov air time–and that they rigged the arrangement to look like honest journalism.
And how many hundreds of thousands of Russians’ tax money did Putin allegedly spend on the alleged email hack of the DNC/Podesta…
The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.
Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.
In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them.
He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.
“The State Department ignored warnings signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” said Sen. Rob Portman, chairman of the investigative subcommittee. “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed — immediately after the grant ended — against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. American resources should be used to help our allies in the region, not undermine them.”