11/17/16, "U.S. spy chief to resign as Trump takes office," Reuters, Dustin Volz, Mark Hosenball
"Before last week's presidential election (James) Clapper's office issued a pre-election declaration accusing Russia of
hacking U.S. political operatives and individuals as part of a scheme to
“interfere with the U.S. election process." On Thursday (Nov. 17) he declined to
comment on whether the Russians had shared any of the [allegedly] hacked information
with unnamed Americans in the past 18 months....
Clapper appeared before the U.S. House of
Representatives intelligence committee hearing on Thursday and
Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's top-ranking Democrat,
lightheartedly said he hoped Clapper would stay in the job for four more
"I submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good," Clapper responded. "I've got 64 days left.""...
Clapper: Russian "activity" slowed down weeks before Nov. 8 US election:
11/18/16, "Clapper hot air claims Russia stopped hacking after US warnings," sott.net
"Weeks before the November 8 election that was won by Republican Donald
Trump, the U.S. intelligence community said publicly that senior Russia
officials likely authorized the hack of e-mails of the Democratic
[Ed. note: No "hacking" needed. DNC virtually gave its information away by failing to take advice of computer security experts it hired in Sept. 2015, thus allowing unspecified intruders to reside on its computers for nearly a year, well into 2016: 7/26/16, "Democrats Ignored Cybersecurity Warnings Before Theft," Bloomberg, Michael Riley
"The Democratic National Committee was warned last fall that its
computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn’t follow the
security advice it was given, according to three people familiar with
The missed opportunity is another blow to party
officials already embarrassed by the theft and public disclosure of
e-mails that have disrupted their presidential nominating convention in
Philadelphia and led their chairwoman to resign.
consultants hired by the DNC made dozens of recommendations after a
two-month review, the people said. Following the advice, which would
typically include having specialists hunt for intruders on the network,
might have alerted party officials that hackers had been lurking in
their network for weeks -- hackers who would stay for nearly a year.
Instead, officials didn’t discover the breach until April....
Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed
blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations
against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly
fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings."...]
(continuing): "Those e-mails were later leaked, embarrassing party leaders.
Russia denied the hack.
Clapper, who is director of national intelligence, said the
formal accusation and later threat of retaliation appeared to shut down
"It may have had the desired effect, since after the issue of the
statement and the communication took place between our government and
the Russian government [weeks before the Nov. 8 election], it seemed to curtail the cyber activity that the
Russians previously were engaged in,"