1/20/17, "Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case," Consortium News, Ray McGovern
"The hole in the U.S. intelligence community’s “high confidence” about
Russia “hacking” Democratic emails has always been who gave the material
to WikiLeaks, as President Obama admitted, notes ex-CIA analyst Ray
"Oops. Did President Barack Obama acknowledge that the extraordinary
propaganda campaign to blame Russia for helping Donald Trump become
president has a very big hole in it, i.e., that the U.S. intelligence
community has no idea how the Democratic emails reached WikiLeaks?
weeks, eloquent obfuscation – expressed with “high confidence” – has
been the name of the game, but inadvertent admissions now are dispelling
some of the clouds....
Former U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray, a close associate of Assange,
has made clear that the two separate batches of Democratic emails – one
from the DNC and the other from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta –
also were leaks from insiders, not hacks from outsiders.
After the Jan. 18 press conference — what Murray called the “Stunning Admission from Obama on Wikileaks” — Murray wrote:
“In his final press conference, beginning around 8 minutes 30 seconds
in, Obama admits that they have no evidence of how WikiLeaks got the
DNC material. This undermines the stream of completely evidence-free
nonsense that has been emerging from the US intelligence services this
last two months, in which a series of suppositions have been strung
together to make unfounded assertions that have been repeated again and
again in the mainstream media.
“Most crucially of all Obama refers to ‘The DNC emails that were
leaked.’ Note ‘leaked’ and not ‘hacked.’ I have been repeating that this
was a leak, not a hack, until I am blue in the face. William Binney,
former Technical Director of the NSA, has asserted that were it a hack
the NSA would be able to give the precise details down to the second it
occurred, and it is plain from the reports released they have no such
information. Yet the media has persisted with this nonsense ‘Russian
So I suppose we should thank Barack Obama for dispelling at least
some of the obfuscation at which he is so rhetorically eloquent, while
our lame “mainstream” media take steno and regurgitate ad nauseam."
"Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of
the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was
an Army Infantry/Intelligence officer and CIA analyst for a total of 30
years and now servers on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence
Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)."
than 20 US intelligence, military, and diplomatic veterans are calling
on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that
Russian aided the Trump campaign--or admit that the proof is lacking."
1/17/17, "A Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof," Consortium News
"As President for a few more days, you have the power to demand
concrete evidence of a link between the Russians and WikiLeaks, which
published the bulk of the information in question. Lacking that
evidence, the American people should be told that there is no fire under
the smoke and mirrors of recent weeks."...
Friday, January 20, 2017
Obama statements in final press conference reveal that US has no basis for two months of 'Russian hacking' claims since US has no idea how Democrat emails got to Wikileaks. Dissolving the entire issue without fanfare, he referred to the emails as 'leaked' rather than 'hacked'-Consortium News, McGovern, 1/20/17
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