Faking Russian US Election Meddling
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The discredited canard should have been consigned to history’s dustbin long ago. Yet it persist, scoundrel media disinformation continuing to claim what never happened.
No Russian or any other hacking occurred, no foreign interference of any kind in America’s 2016 election, or any others.
The New York Times criticized Trump’s acceptance of Putin’s denial of any Russian US election meddling. So did the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post in a lengthy propaganda piece.
It claimed (nonexistent) “information…demonstrat(ing) reasonable confidence that Russia was behind the election hacks – even if Trump with access to (classified) information” disagrees.
In June 2016, a fake news WaPo report claimed Russia hacked DNC computers, citing tech security company CrowdStrike, the firm providing no evidence supporting its accusation.
At the time, the FBI didn’t request access to DNC servers to conduct forensic analysis, DNC spokesman Eric Walker, saying:
“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and US Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.”
Instead the agency relied on CrowdStrike, even though it’s standard practice for the FBI to conduct its own cybersecurity investigative work.
Why not this time? Clearly it’s because emails were leaked by one or more disgruntled Democrat party insiders, not hacked by Russia or anyone else.
WaPo claimed other cybersecurity firms concurred with CrowdStrike, wrongfully blaming Russia for what never happened.
No private or US intelligence sources provided any evidence supporting their accusations. Yet baseless ones persists, proliferated by disreputable media like WaPo, reporting its the CIA handlers want published, suppressing what’s most important to know.
WaPo quoted a fabricated joint Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement made weeks before last November’s election, saying:
“The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations…intended to interfere with the US election process.”
So-called “confiden(ce)” didn’t include a shred of corroborating evidence because none exists. Earlier and current claims are bald-faced lies.
Earlier and in Hamburg, Putin was honest stressing no Russian meddling in America’s electoral process occurred.
In late December, a declassified FBI/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center joint analysis lied, claiming evidence links Russia to US election interference. Again, no evidence was presented, just baseless claims.
In January, a declassified report on alleged Russian hacking said it “does not and cannot include the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods” – because no Russian meddling occurred.
So-called “high confidence” expressed many times was and remains mumbo jumbo rubbish. The CIA, FBI and NSA claiming Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election…to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency” was malicious disinformation.
WaPo reported all of the above rubbish as factual – knowing it’s a litany of Big Lies.
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