The Big Lie Alleging Russia Cyberattacking America Resurfaces in Baseless Formal Charges

NYT Hypes False Accusations of Russian Cyberattacks to Influence US Elections
October 8, 2016
NYT Sleaziness
October 8, 2016
The Big Lie Alleging Russia Cyberattacking America Resurfaces in Baseless Formal Charges
by Stephen Lendman
An irresponsible October 7 joint Department of Homeland Security/Director of National Intelligence (DHS/DNI) statement formally charged Russia with cyberattacks “intended to interfere with the US election process” – no evidence cited because none exists.
Charges are baseless, following earlier ones intended to divert attention from clear evidence of DNC primary election rigging – favoring Hillary over Sanders, perhaps handing her the Democrat party nomination fraudulent, an indication of what may follow in November.
Lodging false formal charges also reflects longstanding irresponsible Russia bashing, rhetoric growing dangerously more heated, especially over Moscow’s role in Syria – a noble mission combating US-sponsored terrorism and its regional imperial agenda.
Charges against Russia are politically motivated – if made in an independent tribunal would be thrown out straightaway for lack of credibility. They’re baseless, more proof of things heading recklessly toward open confrontation.
The joint DHS/DNI statement, claiming “confiden(ce)” about Russia cyberattacking “US political organizations” is absurd on its face.
No evidence of Russian interference with electoral politics anywhere exists – not in America, Europe or elsewhere.
In contrast, Washington illegally meddles in the internal affairs of other countries worldwide – politically, economically and militarily.
Fact: Russia respects the sovereignty of all nations – polar opposite America’s aim for unchallenged global dominance.
Fact: Russia scrupulously observes international laws, norms and standards. America consistently breaches them.
Fact: Russia favors multi-world polarity – mutual cooperation among all nations. America wants dominion over planet earth – asserting it by pressure, bullying intimidation and brute force.
DHS/DNI claiming WikiLeaks and other sensitive ”thefts and disclosures” of US political activities “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts” is pure rubbish.
If confirming evidence existed, it would have been presented. Its absence exposes another US Russia bashing Big Lie. It followed John Kerry shamelessly accusing Moscow of war crimes in Syria – saying its (vital anti-terrorism mission) “begs for an appropriate investigation…”
Russia responded, calling his comments “propaganda,” diverting attention from US sabotaging efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution in Syria.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharov expressed official outrage, saying “(b)y making statements equating Russia’s actions in Syria with war crimes, the US State Department should understand that this may all end with a national referendum in Russia with one question: ‘Shouldn’t we just turn off telephones in the Foreign Ministry?’ “
“The American side” undermined Geneva ceasefire terms – more proof showing its policymakers want war, not peace, heading things toward reckless escalation.
On Saturday, Security Council members will vote on a French resolution, containing unacceptable provisions on Aleppo – Russia sure to veto it, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, saying “I don’t see how we could possibly admit adoption of that resolution.”
Certain Russia bashing will follow. It’s submitting an alternative draft proposal – expressing support for letting al-Nusra terrorists leave Aleppo voluntarily, retain their weapons, and proceed unimpeded for other parts of Syria.
It calls on all sides to implement and observe Geneva ceasefire terms and create conditions for delivering humanitarian aid wherever needed.
A Final Comment
No one more deserves peace prize recognition than Vladimir Putin – preeminent among world leaders in working for conflict resolution in Syria and Ukraine.
Acknowledging his efforts, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced “creat(ion) (of) the Hugo Chavez prize for peace and sovereignty…Vladimir Putin deserves this…award…a fighter for peace,” he explained.
He stands in marked contrast to Norway’s Nobel Committee awarding its 2016 Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos – a notorious narco-terrorist.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.