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    The Russian Election Hacking Case Is Getting Murkier

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    The Russian Election Hacking Case Is Getting Murkier

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:05 pm

    The Russian Election Hacking Case Is Getting Murkier

    President Obama's decision to expel Russian diplomats for interfering with the U.S. election is starting to look like "Alice in Wonderland"-style justice: sentence first, verdict afterward. Even some liberals are starting to wonder if the evidence against Russia holds water.

    Late last week, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint report that supposedly tied the Russian government into the release of hacked Democratic National Committee documents.

    But it didn't provide any such evidence. Instead, it simply listed tools used to carry out the attack, and asserted that Russia must have been the ones who used them.

    Because they have no evidence of anything other than hacking. Not even what was gathered in the hacks, just that it was done.

    Not only that, but the tools they listed as being used are mostly old stuff that anybody on the internet could download. A lot of it is even old stuff from places like Ukraine that there are already tools to prevent them from working.

    They're grasping at straws. Either they're working on orders to make things up (probably), they're totally inept and trying to hide that fact (probably), or both (almost definitely).

    Then it devoted eight of the report's 13 pages to offering tips on how to prevent future cyberattacks.

    The problem is that the code identified in the report is "an outdated malware developed by Ukrainians that can be downloaded online," according to the conservative news site the Daily Caller. In other words, anyone could have used it.

    The story quotes WordFence CEO Mark Maunder as saying that "there is nothing in the IP data that points to Russia specifically."

    Jeffrey Carr, writing for the liberal site The Intercept, also blasted the DHS/FBI report, saying that it "adds nothing to the call for evidence that the Russian government was responsible for hacking the DNC."

    He goes on to say that "this entire assignment of blame against the Russian government is looking more and more like a domestic political operation run by the White House that relied heavily on questionable intelligence generated by a for-profit cybersecurity firm with a vested interest."

    Liberal columnist Matt Taibbi writes that "nothing quite adds up" with the Russian hacking story and admits that, based on the little we know, it could just be "a cynical ass-covering campaign, by a Democratic Party that has seemed keen to deflect attention from its own electoral failures." Taibbi rightly complains that journalists are running with a story based on nothing more than the word of "secret assessments of intelligence agencies."

    Added to these concerns is the fact that the mainstream press has been incredibly irresponsible in reporting on Russian actions during the election campaign. The Washington Post, for example, has all but retracted a bombshell story claiming that Russia conducted a sophisticated propaganda campaign to help Trump.

    On Friday, the Post offered up another bombshell — that Russia had infiltrated the U.S. electricity grid using the same malware they'd used to hack into the DNC. The story generated a huge response, but it, too, turned out to be false.

    A utility company in Vermont found the code on a laptop that wasn't in any way connected to the electric grid. Nor is there any evidence that Russia planted the malware on that particular laptop.

    Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, stated emphatically over the weekend that Russian hackers were not the source of the DNC documents that his group posted in the run-up to the election.

    "We have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party," Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

    The source of DNC hacks was called an inside job by Assange.

    It's a known fact that Seth Rich, who worked for the DNC, was going to make some sworn statements to law enforcement. What isn't publicly known is what those statements involved. But another thing that is known is that he "disappeared" before he passed along his information. Similar to how so many other people connected in some way with the Clinton Crime Family© have terrible "accidents," "commit suicide" by shooting themselves in the backs of their heads, die of "natural causes" when there's no record of them having any health problems, etc.

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