Russia's role in US election hacks and the possible influence on the result.
To read, watch or listen to the mainstream media, the 2016 US presidential election was decided by internet hackers rather than voters.
At least, that's the way government officials and mainstream media newsbots would like to spin it. Both before and after election day, news coverage has focused on leaked incriminating emails reportedly written by key Democrat party officials, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton herself, fake news which turned out to have more substance than most of the 'real news' or propaganda as it should more accurately be called. Everyone, from the US's leading spy agencies and politicians to the public at large, is caught up in disagreement about who the hackers are and what influence they may have had on the eventual outcome of the vote
The weeks weeks since the election have brought five separate calls from Congress for investigations to learn how much the hacks really influenced the elections. Add to that public comments this week by the the outgoing President Barack Obama (in which he warned the Russians He (personally?) would retaliate for the alleged interference in US politics, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State on how Russia was involved in influencing the vote and when. There have been wildly inaccurate stories in the New York Times and Washington Post about disagreements between the CIA and the FBI over why Russia conducted the hacks.
To round it all off, President Elect Donald Trump is arguing nobody knows for sure that Russia and President, Vladimir Putin were behind the hacks. Trump (correctly at it happens) maintains that even though the US intelligence community and the forensic experts who first examined the hacked systems are highly confident Russia is the bad guy there is no actual evidence. (I explain below why there can be no evidence).
NBC News reported on Wednesday 15 December that US intelligence officials believe "with a high level of confidence" that Putin was personally involved in the effort to interfere in the election.
President Barack Obama has little doubt the Russians were behind the hacks. And in an interview with NPR published Friday, he said that the US would respond.
"When any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action," Obama said. "And we will -- at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be."
The Russian government, in turn, has called the US accusations groundless. "They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last," said a spokesman for Putin, according to CNN, citing Russian state news agency Tass.
For the record, there hasn't been any evidence found of hacked voting machines, according to election officials or security experts. Trump won the election because of the way the US voting system works, even though Clinton won the popular vote. In fact, in the three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein, acting as a proxy for The Clinton Crime Syndicate, tried to demand recounts to upset the result, two denied recounts because the evidence of error or fraud required by State law could not be provided and in the third, Wisconsin, where a recount was completed, Trump actually gained a few hundred votes on his rival.
There is no reliable way of telling where a hack came from other than the IP address in the packet header? And because our laptops and tablets do not have their own IP address, but instead one allocated dynamically by the server they connect to, what does that prove? Only that the computer was in a certain place the time (even this can be faked very easily by using a proxy server). The hacker could have been a CIA operative sitting in a Moscow hotel planting a false flag, a British geek sitting in a MacDonalds in London, logged on via the restaurant Wi-Fi, via a proxy server in Andorra, via a proxy server in Russia to a server in Hilary Clinton's attic for all we know. If the IP address were really from Russia it was almost certainly not the Russian government doing it because the government would have covered their tracks by paying for a plane trip to a banana republic in Central America.
As we in the IT community have been seeing for some years, hackers have moved on from the old ways of writing malicious code and distributing in email attachments. They are now writing and selling the tools for others to distribute or use and it is big business and growing. The people who create such software know about the 'postern gates' deliberately put into software by corporations like Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook, for which cooperation they are well rewarded by government agencies. And as long as robots can be programmed to access the right logical port, Windows operating systems are wide open. That is why it is nearly impossible to know who is initiating the attacks. Throw in the complete distrust the population has in the NSA, CIA, FBI, GCHQ, MI6, Europol and the politicised legal and judicial systems and it is no wonder that there is little concern about who is hacking except for those who want to blame a faceless entity for their loss of control over government.
There is in fact no proof or even convincing evidence that Russia in fact did the hacks. Wikileaks founder Julian assange has categorically stated it was not Russia! A more likely scenario is that is was in fact an inside job done by a DNC staffer disgusted by the collaboration of party managers with The Clinton Campaign to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders.
Having said that, if Hillary was a bank robber, and Russia revealed that Hillary was a bank robber, are the nations of the western coalition supposed to go to war with Russia to save a known crook and liar from a humiliating but deserved defeast? And can anyone tell us why there was no outcry from supporters of the globalist left about the Obama administration's attempts to influence outcome of the Israeli election.
I doubt Russia swayed one single vote. The track record of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, a record of dishonesty, misrepresentation, corporate cronyism and warmongering, is what lost the election for them. There are far more important issues to the majority of people than Gay BLT rights.
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