Did the millions of ‘deplorables’ who cast votes for Trump in places like Michigan, Ohio or Wisconsin really pay that much attention to what Wikileaks published, or did they simply absorb the #CrookedHillary label and reject decades of the Clintons’ sleaze and sense of entitlement to power? Was Russia, despite the flailing efforts of Hillary Clinton and the legacy media dating back to April to make Trump’s desire for improved relations so, really the central issue of this campaign? Did Trump trick the American public or his supporters, who politely and often enthusiastically applauded the idea of the U.S. and Russia destroying ISIS together, or did Trump’s dirty deep state critics consistently lie about their real goals and objectives in the Middle East?
Let’s assume for the sake of argumentum ad absurdum that Trump, for once in his life, did what his haters wanted. By coming out and saying, ‘Yes you nameless faceless CIA guys and Hillary Clinton partisan ex-CIA directors like Mike Morrell, Michael Hayden and Leon Panetta are all impeccable, why would I ever doubt you? I guess I’m only president of the United States because my buddy Vladimir Putin personally hacked the Democrats on my behalf’, wouldn’t Trump be effectively surrendering his presidency (over a lie no less) before it began? Would that not in fact be tantamount to a soft coup overturning the Constitutional expression of the American people’s will, as ex-CIA agent Bob Baer has recommended on national television via a ‘do over’ vote?
NSA/GCHQ: The Dogs That Barked But Produced No Bite or Conclusive Proof That Julian Assange and Wikileaks Work for Russian Intelligence
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
These are all what one may call common sense questions, which assume a premise of Russian government hacking of the DNC that, contrary to CIA stenographers like ex-AP turned NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian, is far from proven beyond reasonable doubt. And even if one accepts the findings of Crowdstrike, the firm led by a Russian-born IT specialist that was hired explicitly to confirm the Democrats’ hunch that they’d been hacked by the Kremlin, there’s still the missing link. Which is that no chain of custody has been demonstrated between the alleged Russian intelligence obtained source of the material and Wikileaks.
Despite the ‘trust us’ arguments of nameless, faceless CIA sources or individuals with Snowden related grudges against Wikileaks, Julian Assange remains one of the most surveilled human beings on the planet. Assange has also been reportedly very hands on in the day to day running of Wikileaks as well as its Twitter feed — we know this because the Ecuadorian Embassy in London which hosts him temporarily suspended his access to social media during the heat of the presidential campaign, in order to affirm Ecuador’s non-interference in the U.S. vote. Yet neither the CIA nor the NSA whose 5Eyes partner GCHQ almost certainly has Assange’s every keystroke or at least email and instant message logged for the last several years he’s been holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador can produce a single instruction from a Russian intelligence operative or even the allegedly purloined DNC and Podesta ‘hacks’ (actually leaked) material.
VIPS Ask CIA to Produce the Proof It Almost Certainly Would Only Be Able to Obtain from the NSA, Not Just Private Firms In the Tank for the Democrats and the Atlantic Council’s Cold War 2.0 Like Crowdstrike and its CEO Dmitry Alperovitch
This absence of evidence, one can argue, is not proof of absent Russian hackers, and that is well taken. However the CIA rather than NSA which is tasked with the cyber defense mission against state and non-state threat actors taking the lead on assigning blame not only to Russia but Putin personally for the DNC hacks should strike any educated person (not in the tank for Hillary or against Trump) as suspicious, if not unprecedented. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) whose ranks include two world-leading experts on NSA’s bulk collection systems, one of whom helped design it after 9/11 only to blow the whistle in William Binney, have this to say:
The Russia Analyst’s Nov. 7 Warning to Be Wary of Atlantic Council-Linked Crowdstrike
To quote our own article from pre-election day warning about Crowdstrike’s malign influence on the election or now post-election effort alongside Clinton partisans and the dirty deep state to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s win, we wrote late on November 7th:
Wikileaks Insists the DNC AND Podesta Emails Came from Insiders the Old-Fashioned Way: Through Passes by Intermediaries in Washington D.C. Metro Area Parks
Indeed, William Binney has maintained and Judge Andrew Napolitano has stated on Fox News that the John Podesta emails if not the DNC dump could have come from an anti-Clinton NSA insider. Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been insisting for weeks that its dump did not come from the Russians, but from disgruntled insiders at the DNC disgusted by the Hillary-crats robbing Vermont independent socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of the nomination:
Obama and the Democrats Double Down on Trying to Undermine Trump’s Presidency and Sabotage The Donald’s Plans for Detente with Russia, Moscow Denies Involvement
In order to maintain the momentum of what’s clearly a coordinated campaign between the lame duck Obama White House, the CIA and a believe absolutely everything Langley says Trump-hating legacy press, Obama announced Thursday night that the U.S. would wage cyber warfare against Russia. Obama has scheduled a Friday press conference to announce more details about his planned retaliation for what the Russian security services and Putin personally have already been pronounced guilty of doing:
On Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes issued a press release decrying the refusal of CIA officials to go on the record before his committee to affirm the ‘Russia hacked the election to explicitly support Trump’ findings ‘leaked’ to The Washington Post and New York Times:
New York Congressman Peter King — who has been outspoken in his criticism of the Russians and taken typically Cold Warrior/neocon friendly positions on Ukraine, had this to say on Fox News, in response to the ‘disgraceful’ leaks. Citing the FBI and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s November assessment that Russia only sought to damage confidence in U.S. elections and not elect Trump, King is accusing the CIA and White House of being the ones carrying out a disinformation campaign against the president elect. Blonde bimbo for the Establishment Megyn naturally, defends the spooks from King’s allegation that some of them or their contacts on Capitol Hill have gone full Democrat crazy on Trump:
With the accelerated deployment of a U.S. combat brigade to Poland’s northeastern border region with the Russian Federation’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad announced this week, we see Obama and the CIA doubling down on sabotaging detente between the U.S. and Russia. But these schemes are likely to prove meaningless in the long term — at least, that’s the opinion of RogueMoney radio contributor and LaRouche PAC executive Harley Schlanger. The Russia Analyst hopes, for the sake of peace in the world and a fresh start between the world’s two leading military and nuclear powers, that Mr. Schlanger is right.