Hillary Clinton claims the Intelligence Community (IC) knows the hack of Democratic National Committee emails released by WikiLeaks was by Moscow.
An October 7 joint statement by Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, and the Department of Homeland Security, accuses Moscow. But the brief statement offers only four sentences and no evidence that Russia hacked the DNC or is responsible for WikiLeaks.
NBC News, ever eager to support Hillary's presidential candidacy, on July 26 published a story "Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails."
Their evidence is unimpressive.
According to NBC, their "smoking gun" offered as exhibit No. 1 is that one of the hackers "appeared to cease operations on Russian holidays."
Appallingly, NBC also unashamedly offers as evidence that, "Putin would much prefer a Trump presidency to a Clinton one."
NBC does not consider a more plausible possibility. If Russia did hack the DNC, Moscow wants its tracks discovered to confer victim-status and public sympathy on Hillary — because Moscow wants Hillary to be president. Russian President Putin, former KGB agent, certainly understands reverse psychology.
However, the bottom line is that we almost certainly don't know for sure if Moscow ordered the DNC hack.
Cyber attacks typically leave no fingerprints, or at least no fingerprints that are unambiguous and easy to read. That is one key reason why cyber warfare is so attractive, because it can be done anonymously.
Some experts are still arguing over whether North Korea really did hack Sony, whether Russia really did hack Ukraine's electric grid, and over whether Iran really did hack Turkey's electric grid. Consider the recent hack of Dyn on October 21 that caused widespread disruption of internet services in the U.S. and Europe. Experts are arguing over who did it, some say Russia, others say vandals, and they will probably continue arguing for months.
It is implausible that Russia — one of the most advanced cyber warriors in the world — could not cover its tracks in the DNC hack. So DNI Clapper has probably come to the rescue of Obama and Hillary with a politically-driven fake intelligence assessment — again.
I say "again" because the Intelligence Community, just like the FBI, has ceased to be an objective source of truth and justice, has devolved into being merely a corrupt political tool of the Obama/Hillary machine.
The Intelligence Community has put out a string of absurd (or at least politically loaded) intelligence assessments that are, at best, highly controversial, designed to support Obama/Hillary pronouncements and smooth the way for Hillary's election. So the Intelligence Community says climate change is real and simply accepts at face value the extreme view of the green radicals at the UN, as if they are objective. So DNI Clapper has pronounced that the Muslim Brotherhood are not radicals but good allies of the United States. So the Intelligence Community goes along with Obama/Hillary's claim that the Iran nuclear deal is great, and that Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons (when they probably do).
This corruption of institutions like the Intelligence Community and the FBI, that are vital to national survival, is more consequential than the presidential election. But few seem to grasp that politicization of these institutions by Obama and the Democrats weakens internally our constitutional republic and renders us more vulnerable to external threats.
Interestingly, even though Russia is among the suspects of the unprecedented Dyn hack on October 21 that had nationwide and international consequences, Obama and Hillary have not been eager to point their fingers at Russia. Why not?
Because Obama and Hillary have been shooting off their mouths that the U.S. will retaliate for Russia's alleged DNC cyberattack and WikiLeaks revelations. If Russia did the October 21 Dyn hack, it will look like Russia is calling their bluff.
The last thing Obama/Hillary want this late in the presidential election is to have Russia crossing their loudly declared "cyber red line."
If Russia did the Dyn hack, Obama would have to do something to retaliate. What is he, or President Hillary, going to do? Nothing, as usual. Obama/Hillary do not want to look like fools and cowards just before the elections.
The October 21 Dyn hack, whoever did it, is a dramatic escalation in cyber warfare against the United States. Past cyber attacks have focused on collecting information. This latest cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the internet, depriving millions of the means of their livelihood (albeit temporarily, this time), forcing businesses to halt operations, stopping the exchange of goods and services, basically closing down a significant portion of the U.S. economy.
What's next? The national electric grid? What do we do about it?
If Hillary is elected — nothing. Like Obama and her husband, Hillary will always take the easy way out. Easier to lie about the cyber threat, to pretend you are on top of the problem, than to really solve the problem.
Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He served in the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of "Blackout Wars." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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