On December 12, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity posted a memorandum asking why the government is relying on circumstantial evidence to prove Russia interfered in the US election.
“We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack,” states the memo signed William Binney, Larry Johnson, Ray McGovern, Elizabeth Murray, and Kirk Wiebe.
The memo describes the difference between hacking a computer system remotely and taking data directly off a system with a device such as a jump drive and leaking it.
If the former, the NSA would know the IP addresses of the perpetrators. For some time we have known the NSA taps directly into fiber optic transmission of internet traffic.
The CIA recently implicated Russia but has not released the evidence it claims to have, instead relying on the establishment media to build the case and arrive at a highly suspect conclusion.
As for the comments to the media as to what the CIA believes, the reality is that CIA is almost totally dependent on NSA for ground truth in the communications arena. Thus, it remains something of a mystery why the media is being fed strange stories about hacking that have no basis in fact. In sum, given what we know of NSA’s existing capabilities, it beggars belief that NSA would be unable to identify anyone – Russian or not – attempting to interfere in a U.S. election by hacking.
Instead of a Russian hack, the signers concluded “that the emails were leaked by an insider – as was the case with Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Such an insider could be anyone in a government department or agency with access to NSA databases, or perhaps someone within the DNC.”
This possibility has been ignored by the CIA and the Obama administration. Instead, they have pushed the conspiracy theory (and without evidence, it will remain such) that Russia is responsible for Donald Trump’s victory.
A concurrent effort to portray alternative media as co-conspirators in the Russian hack fairy tale is also underway.
The establishment hopes to undermine the Trump presidency (and possibly impeach him) and also destroy an alternative media that has disputed and debunked establishment propaganda on a variety of foreign and domestic issues.