The “Russian Hacking” Story Changes Again

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Today at 9:30 am, senior U.S. intelligence officials face questions at a Senate hearing that will be dominated by the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win. Participating will be James R. Clapper, Jr., Director Of National Intelligence. Marcel J. Lettre II, Under Secretary Of Defense For Intelligence and Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, United States Cyber Command.

The Armed Services Committee’s cyber threats hearing on Thursday comes a day before the president-elect is to be briefed by the CIA and FBI directors — along with the director of national intelligence — on the investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking efforts. Trump has been deeply critical of their findings, even appearing to back controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s contention that Russia did not provide him with hacked Democratic emails.

The committee’s session is the first in a series aimed at investigating purported Russian cyber-attacks against U.S. interests and developing defenses sturdy enough to blunt future intrusions. “We will obviously be talking about the hacking, but the main thing is the whole issue of cybersecurity,” the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said ahead of the hearing. “Right now we have no policy, no strategy to counter cyberattacks.”

More importantly, however, the hearing comes hours after Reuters reported overnight that U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks. However, in the latest change of the narrative, this time the allegation is that Russia provided the hacked data through a third party, three U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Wikieaks was quick to highlight that according to the report, US officials admitted that the Wikileaks “source” was not Russia, and that the goal posts now shifted to the source’s source:

In keeping with the theme of providing no proof to the general public, the officials declined to describe the intelligence obtained about the involvement of a third-party in passing on leaked material to WikiLeaks, saying they did not want to reveal how the U.S. government had obtained the information. So just trust them, please.

The shift in the narrative is curious because as a reminder, officials had concluded “months earlier” that Russian intelligence agencies had directed the hacking, but had been less certain that they could prove Russia also had controlled the release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It now appears that along with lack of evidence, the attention has shifted to an “intermediary” as being the responsible party .

In an interview with Fox News, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he did not receive emails stolen from the DNC and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta from “a state party.” Assange did not rule out the possibility that he got the material from a third party.

Trump on Wednesday sided with Assange and again questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to help his candidacy and hurt Clinton’s.

Concern by U.S. officials over the hacking first spiked in August, when intelligence agencies concluded that Russian intelligence, with the direction of President Vladimir Putin, had been trying to disrupt and discredit the presidential and congressional elections. Obama in August rejected recommendations from some of his advisors to disclose the Russian link and take some limited covert action as “a shot across Putin’s bow to knock it off,” one official with knowledge of the matter said. Instead, Obama warned Putin privately, arguing that a similar private message to Chinese President Xi Jinping had reduced Chinese hacking into U.S. agencies and companies.

Ultimately, the additional intelligence informed U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to retaliate on Dec. 29 by expelling 35 suspected Russian spies and sanctioning two Russian spy agencies, four intelligence officers and three companies, a decision that capped four months of debate at the White House about how to respond.

So far not a shred of evidence has been provided confirming the Kremlin’s involvement in the matter, aside from some Ukrainian malware code exposed in a 13-page joint DHS/FBI report which could be purchased by anyone online.

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  • g.johnon

    hmmmm, fedgov usa inc is weaving tangled webs again. and mccain right in the middle as usual. yawn.
    funny how a buncha “intelligence” “leaders” who pretty much know they are going to be fired in a couple weeks are about to try to bullshit the preselect into believing their happy crappy.
    donald, if obama and his motley crew are not in gitmo within a month of your swearing in, you are a miserable failure!

    • Ben Dinít

      Classical ‘smoke-n-mirror’ play put on by the masters of puppets.
      ‘ALL the world’s a STAGE’

      #GoHawks🐏

  • Mark Williams

    Seth Rich is a National Hero!

  • Milly Vanilly

    The story was ‘probably’ something like ‘An NSA whistleblower was Rushin’… to get the information out in time…’ & the DemoRats ran with the Russians did it.

  • dav1bg

    So why are they just now “finding” evidence? So like in Iraq they say something thinking they will find evidence later? Is there anyone left in this government that can say anything true?

  • Wags71

    The American people were helped, not harmed by the massive leak or hack or whatever they want to call it. Truth was revealed. No response is necessary other than saying thanks.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    The FBI never asked to see the DNC’s servers, and have not. A “private” company supposedly did this, probably owned by Soros. Seems somebody is committing FRAUD …AGAIN. That would be all the concubines of the Rothchild/Jesuit satanist bankers and their Masonic satanist minions, INSTALLED into DC.

  • SP_88

    These corrupt politicians continue to go on and on about who hacked the e-mails and where the information came from and whether or not the Russians did it, but they continue to ignore the actual content of the e-mails.
    It’s the content of their e-mails that caused crooked Hillary to lose the election. Where they came from is entirely irrelevant.
    The hacked e-mails show that Hillary is corrupt, her campaign broke the law, the democrats are corrupt, the super pacs broke the law, they screwed Bernie Sanders out of a possible nomination, and yet their take-away is the Russians did it? They should be filing charges against Hillary, again, as well as all her campaign staff who knew about the collusion with the super pacs. And just based on that illegal activity alone, Hillary should have been disqualified from being president. There are so many things that Hillary did, and they are all serious enough that any one of them should have prevented her from being elected president. Any one of them would have been a long jail sentence for any one of us. But she gets a pass. It’s a slap in the face for all of the law abiding citizens in America who try to be good people.
    Giving these politicians a pass when they break the law is backwards. Isn’t it more reasonable that one of us would break a law because we didn’t realize what we were doing? And doesn’t it seem ridiculous that a politician who makes laws and enforces laws and policies would do something as egregious as to create a private server to use for government e-mail, and claim to not know it was wrong? That’s not something that people can say “oops, I didn’t know” to.
    And didn’t Hillary say that her private server wasn’t hacked? Wasn’t that one of the lies she told? If it wasn’t hacked, how do we have so many of her e-mails?
    As for the Russians hacking our election, didn’t Jill Stein just waste millions of dollars proving that the election wasn’t hacked? And didn’t she end up giving Trump about a hundred and forty more votes than he had before?
    So basically, someone hacked into the democrats e-mails and gave them to Wikileaks to post online. It doesn’t matter who did it, the point is that they were corrupt, and the e-mails prove it. If the democrats weren’t doing anything illegal, this wouldn’t even be a news story. It would be nothing.
    So these e-mails exposed the democrats and all their corruption for everyone to see. Afterwards, people voted for Trump instead of Hillary. Which they probably would have done anyway. Everyone already knew that Hillary was a corrupt criminal politician who should be in jail. The e-mails only confirmed what we already knew. So it’s quite likely that the Wikileaks documents didn’t have any effect on the election anyway. And even without that, Hillary would have lost the election anyway. We may never know for sure, but either way it doesn’t matter. It was Hillary’s corruption that lost her the election, not some Wikileaks documents that most people didn’t even read, and certainly not the Russians hacking anything. And the Obama administration can say whatever they want about the Russians, but it won’t change anything.
    Obama and the democrats have gone on the defense to try and do some damage control. Their only real option is to try and distract the people from the content of the e-mails and focus on the source of the hacking. And if that source is the Russians, it will make for some great distractions. But I don’t think that people are falling for it. I don’t think that many people are foolish enough to believe any nonsense about Russian hacking.
    Apparently when Americans voted, they voted based on the character of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not on the source of the information about Hillary or the democrats. At best, the content of the Wikileaks documents showing the corruption of Hillary and the democrats had a minor effect on the outcome of the election. But most of the things contained in those e-mails were common knowledge before Wikileaks published them, so we shouldn’t give much weight to their effect on the election.
    And furthermore, most people had no idea about any Russian hacking. Because Wikileaks never released the source of the leaked documents, nobody had any idea where the documents came from. The only thing people knew was that they were e-mails that came from the democrats, and they exposed massive corruption throughout the democrat party.
    And that’s what people based their decision on when they cast their votes for the president. Nobody took into consideration the source of the documents, because they had no idea what the source was.
    So for all their Kabuki Theatre and smoke and mirrors, the people still know that Hillary lost because of her corruption and lawlessness.

    • blue579

      What if the fake hacking and fake leaks have Tavistock psy op level social engineering objectives? First priority: disaffect the public from representative govt, soften them up to accept totalitarian rule (global technocracy – already being openly presented in TIME magazine). Another is to justify tighter surveillance of internet use on the individual level. There’s also the fake geopolitics with Russia [Russian elites in bed with western elites] as a distraction – but to what ends? In the process, a CIA “leaks” operation Wikileaks is made out to be a hero rather than a spin agency and the blizzard of BS continues as the US is isolated in the transfer of hegemony to the new global gulag.

      We already knew Hillary’s long history of corruption. The hypnozombie sheep will never get it and would only turn on her if they can be made to be useful idiots for a larger plot.

  • blue579

    Circus reporting! The US Establishment is concerned about hacking yet on October 1, Obama’s handlers had him turn control over the US created internet to ICANN on the path to a takeover by the UN…with China already poised and set up to takeover much or most the management said to be worth trillions in data collection for the Internet of Things. The founding chairwoman of ICANN, Ester Dyson is a CFR stooge and huge backer of Skolkovo, Russia’s UN certified Smart City version of Silicon Valley…for which we have Bill Gates and the entire Trilateral Commission (666 emblem) to thank, as well Hillary transferred advanced classified US military tech to Skolkovo…repeating a pattern of Kissinger as Sec of State doing the same during the Nixon admin transferring advanced missile technology to the USSR to close a gap. Connecting the Kabuki dots?

    It gets juicier. Assange is hostile to 9/11 truth (calls it a “false conspiracy”) and was raised in an Australian eugenicist cult The White Brotherhood tied to a psychiatric facility that received LSD from the CIA (MK Ultra?). Wikileaks is a CIA operation. Why the leaks, what’s the psy op? Distraction, fog of nonlinear disinformation infowarfare = throw the kitchen sink at us so we don’t see what’s coming and why.

    • blue579
      • eddysachs

        All true as far as my own independent research attests…people simply seem unable to detach themselves from the Headline theatrics of the bizarre alpha~waved on -eyed idiot box ‘Theater of the Absurd’ with regards to the surreal daily meme propaganda extolled by the ‘Talking-Heads’ of MSM’s *FAKE NEWS…. which is now whittled down to just 5 corporations & probably that many people calling the shots on what all 7.5 billion of us are ‘allowed’ to know & watch everyday, couched in overt & shameless mendacity….No one either is seemingly aware of the dire implications of the disappearance of ‘cash’ to be replaced with “Energy Quotas” with regards to Social Credit Scoring morphing into the ultimate form of Social Kontrol …where one can actually be banned form travel & holidays if your score is unacceptably low juxtaposed with acceptable mundane levels of ‘Group Think’ lowest common denominator mind-setrs exhibited in Singapore, Japan etc & now transmogrifying into China, Russia et al, the list is long & extended daily) etc… as these countries have all signed up to the UN Agenda 2030 nightmare of absolute global control by faceless corporations with the Bankster’s ensconced at the top of the pyramid cap directing this macabre labyrinthine maze of burgeoning NWO protocols.

        • blue579

          Yes, fake constructs! Jean Baudrillard saw it, society has replaced all reality with simulacra, the modern day experience is a simulation of reality, removed from “the desert of the real” though layers of Matrix overlay. The top of the pyramid cap engineering >100 years of false flags, world wars, and synthetic terrorism aren’t going to stop at the MSM. They want it ALL, fake assassinations (in Turkey), synthetic terror, fake leaks, fake geopolitical infighting, fake saviors, fake alt-light media reporting – a blizzard of disinfo.

  • Anon Q

    So; let me get this straight. The government claims to have “conclusive proof” but yet again won’t say what that is, much less let We The People know. I thought they worked for us! All these claims coming from agencies that have been repeatedly exposed for outright lying to the American people (making things up) as well as withholding information from America that have caused great harm around the globe and here at home. Nope; It stills sounds like a big load of BS and right in step with obamas efforts to derail Trumps presidency before it even starts. I also smell people like george sorros and the kotch brothers. I do not believe this, especially because the washington post has been pushing this line of crap really hard. They are the phoniest of purveyors of fake news.