Obama’s Flexibility on Russia ends

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Obama's Flexibility on Russia ends

Prime Min­is­ter Jim Hacker: I could tell that you were warn­ing me that St, Georges Island might need our support.

Luke: Oh yes… Well no actu­ally, [in panic] only in one para­graph on page 107 [of 138].

Prime Min­is­ter Jim Hacker: It was enough, I could take the hint.

Yes Prime Min­is­ter: A vic­tory for Democ­racy 1986

Appar­ently the big report about Russ­ian “Hack­ing” of the elec­tion was not only a noth­ing­burger in terms of hack­ing the actual elec­tion, but it was so thin that they dived into the pub­lic domain to pad it

Today’s report is, as noted, remark­ably brief. The longest por­tion of the report, at seven pages, is Annex 1, titled “Rus­sia — Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influ­ence Pol­i­tics, Fuel Dis­con­tent in US.” Annex 1 is devoted entirely to RT Amer­ica TV, which the agen­cies deem a pro­pa­ganda out­let of the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment. Given that this annex com­prises the largest por­tion of the report, it is stun­ning to see this footnote:

This annex was orig­i­nally pub­lished on 11 Decem­ber 2012 by the Open Source Cen­ter, now the Open Source Enterprise.

So the CIA, FBI and NSA are so lack­ing in rel­e­vant, pro­ba­tive intel­li­gence that the largest por­tion of today’s report is a recy­cling of four-​year-​old, pub­lic domain infor­ma­tion on Rus­sia Today.

In short, it is pos­si­ble that the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment gained access to the DNC’s and Podesta’s email accounts by spearfish­ing, down­loaded emails from those accounts, and pro­vided them to Wik­ileaks. But we have to take the bureau­crats’ word for it.

Point of fact it’s highly believ­able that the Rus­sians and any­one else who wanted them got Podesta’s emails and the data on Hillary’s server

I have no prob­lem believ­ing that the Rus­sians did in fact get Podesta’s emails, and the DNC ones, and prob­a­bly what­ever was on Hillary Clinton’s server. The secu­rity of all of them seems to have been suf­fi­ciently lax that I expect mul­ti­ple groups got in.

That lax­ness should itself be a major news story because it’s been appar­ent to any­one who actu­ally pays atten­tion to these things that state (spon­sored) actors have been look­ing for vul­ner­a­ble sys­tems for the whole of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, if not before.

But more inter­est­ing is that the report actu­ally sup­ported what we’ve said for decades, that if you cut open groups like Occupy wall street

Now let’s get spe­cific. Occupy Wall Street was, evi­dently, a Russ­ian front operation:

and the “green” move­ment, you find red inside

Rus­sia has sup­ported envi­ron­men­tal groups to try to sup­press frack­ing, which strikes at the heart of Russ­ian eco­nomic strength:

RT runs anti-​fracking pro­gram­ming, high­light­ing envi­ron­men­tal issues and the impacts on pub­lic health. This is likely reflec­tive of the Russ­ian Government’s con­cern about the impact of frack­ing and US nat­ural gas pro­duc­tion on the global energy mar­ket and the poten­tial chal­lenges to Gazprom’s profitability.

It’s quite appar­ent that the tac­tic here was not so much to pro­duce evi­dence of Rus­sia hack­ing the elec­tion, but to help main­tain the “Trump is ille­git­i­mate” meme that the MSM keeps run­ning with by the very exis­tence of a “report” regard­less of what’s actu­ally in it.

This explains why Trump isn’t tak­ing issue with the data, just the Obama admin’s con­clu­sions but more sig­nif­i­cant is what all of this means about where the left is today:

Con­sider, four years ago on an open mic Barack Obama told the Rus­sians he’d have more “flex­i­bil­ity” after his re-​election

And the Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev replied at the time:

“I under­stand your mes­sage,” Medvedev told Obama in Seoul. “I will trans­mit this infor­ma­tion to” — no ques­tion of who was in con­trol — “Vladimir.”

That “flex­i­bil­ity” cost not only cost tens of thou­sands of lives in Syria and Ukraine but made Rus­sia the alpha dog inter­na­tion­ally for the last few years

But Democ­rats in gen­eral and Obama in par­tic­u­lar are now so neutered in power that they’re reduced to object­ing to elec­toral col­lege counts while the speaker laughs at them:

In short their flex­i­bil­ity is gone so in their last two weeks of power they are reduced to expos­ing both their allies of the occupy move­ment and the greens as Russ­ian dupes in the vain hope that throw­ing them under the wheels of the Trump train will slow it down.

I sus­pect it will not.

Clos­ing thought : This also answers the ques­tion that White House Spokesman Josh Earnest could not. Namely why the 2015 hack of 21 mil­lion con­fi­den­tial records of US gov­ern­ment employ­ees, a hack that actu­ally mat­tered

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.

…didn’t pro­duce the pubic retal­i­a­tion that Russ­ian access to John Podesta’s emails did

You see the 2015 Chi­nese hack merely hurt the United States, it’s peo­ple and the secu­rity of the nation, the expo­sure of Podesta’s and the DNC emails were a direct threat to the power and influ­ence of the Demo­c­rat party. There’s the rub.


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Prime Minister Jim Hacker:  I could tell that you were warning me that St, Georges Island might need our support.

Luke:  Oh yes… Well no actually, [in panic] only in one paragraph on page 107 [of 138].

Prime Minister Jim Hacker:  It was enough, I could take the hint.

Yes Prime Minister:  A victory for Democracy 1986

Apparently the big report about Russian “Hacking” of the election was not only a nothingburger in terms of hacking the actual election, but it was so thin that they dived into the public domain to pad it

Today’s report is, as noted, remarkably brief. The longest portion of the report, at seven pages, is Annex 1, titled “Russia — Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US.” Annex 1 is devoted entirely to RT America TV, which the agencies deem a propaganda outlet of the Russian government. Given that this annex comprises the largest portion of the report, it is stunning to see this footnote:

This annex was originally published on 11 December 2012 by the Open Source Center, now the Open Source Enterprise.

So the CIA, FBI and NSA are so lacking in relevant, probative intelligence that the largest portion of today’s report is a recycling of four-year-old, public domain information on Russia Today.

In short, it is possible that the Russian government gained access to the DNC’s and Podesta’s email accounts by spearfishing, downloaded emails from those accounts, and provided them to Wikileaks. But we have to take the bureaucrats’ word for it.

Point of fact it’s highly believable that the Russians and anyone else who wanted them got Podesta’s emails and the data on Hillary’s server

I have no problem believing that the Russians did in fact get Podesta’s emails, and the DNC ones, and probably whatever was on Hillary Clinton’s server. The security of all of them seems to have been sufficiently lax that I expect multiple groups got in.

That laxness should itself be a major news story because it’s been apparent to anyone who actually pays attention to these things that state (sponsored) actors have been looking for vulnerable systems for the whole of the Obama administration, if not before.

But more interesting is that the report actually supported what we’ve said for decades, that if you cut open groups like Occupy wall street

Now let’s get specific. Occupy Wall Street was, evidently, a Russian front operation:

and the “green” movement, you find red inside

Russia has supported environmental groups to try to suppress fracking, which strikes at the heart of Russian economic strength:

RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health. This is likely reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability.

It’s quite apparent that the tactic here was not so much to produce evidence of Russia hacking the election, but to help maintain the “Trump is illegitimate” meme that the MSM keeps running with by the very existence of a “report” regardless of what’s actually  in it.

This explains why Trump isn’t taking issue with the data, just the Obama admin’s conclusions but more significant is what all of this means about where the left is today:

Consider, four years ago on an open mic Barack Obama told the Russians he’d have more “flexibility” after his re-election

And the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev replied at the time:

“I understand your message,” Medvedev told Obama in Seoul. “I will transmit this information to” — no question of who was in control — “Vladimir.”

That “flexibility” cost not only cost tens of thousands of lives in Syria and Ukraine but made Russia the alpha dog internationally for the last few years

But Democrats in general and Obama in particular are now so neutered in power that they’re reduced to objecting to electoral college counts while the speaker laughs at them:

In short their flexibility is gone so in their last two weeks of power they are reduced to exposing both their allies of the occupy movement and the greens as Russian dupes in the vain hope that throwing them under the wheels of the Trump train will slow it down.

I suspect it will not.

Closing thought :  This also answers the question that White House Spokesman Josh Earnest could not. Namely why the 2015 hack of 21 million confidential records of US government employees, a hack that actually mattered

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.

…didn’t produce the pubic retaliation that Russian access to John Podesta’s emails did

You see the 2015 Chinese hack merely hurt the United States, it’s people and the security of the nation, the exposure of Podesta’s and the DNC emails were a direct threat to the power and influence of the Democrat party.  There’s the rub.


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