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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