Healthy Skepticism of the CIA’s Russian Hack Narrative

Believe it or not, there are many voices on the left and right skeptical of the Russian hack narrative permeating the U.S. political establishment. Here are a few of the highlights.

Glenn Greenwald, a leftist—perhaps a socialist—knocks it out of the park.

Another clip.

This one is just fantastic! Jimmy Dore, who is also involved with The Young Turks show, gives his analysis of Tucker Carlson’s brutal take down of Rep. Adam Schiff. A great example of left meets right in criticizing the establishment narrative. Language warning:

Ars Technica, one of the most reputable IT blogs: White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election

Snowden posts some professional analysis of the Russian Hacker theory. Very fair analysis and skeptical.

If the White House had unclassified evidence that tied officials in the Russian government to the DNC attack, they would have presented it by now. The fact that they didn’t means either that the evidence doesn’t exist or that it is classified.
If it’s classified, an independent commission should review it because this entire assignment of blame against the Russian government is looking more and more like a domestic political operation run by the White House that relied heavily on questionable intelligence generated by a for-profit cybersecurity firm with a vested interest in selling “attribution-as-a-service”.

It’s a fair question. Has the FBI or CIA even looked at the DNC servers?

And here’s my favorite little nerdy historical detail. Never mind the blood and treasure wasted on the Iraq War. Who knew the CIA and FBI were talking up “Iraqi Hackers” in the months leading up to the Iraq War? I did a little research on the NYT ‘journalist’ who wrote this 2003 gem. Surprise! He’s still dutifully pushing the establishment narrative.

”Iraq is certainly among the places in the world that we think a cyberattack might well be launched from…” – House Armed Services Committee (2003)
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Intelligence officials are concerned that a recent rise in electronic attacks against government and military computer networks in the United States may be the work of pro-Iraqi hackers and could signal a ”potential crisis” in national security, according to a classified F.B.I. assessment.

The assessment, prepared last week by the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warned intelligence officials that the attacks, which have been relatively limited, are likely to grow more widespread and ”more dangerous” as tension over a possible war against Iraq grows.

American intelligence analysts say they have long been concerned by the notion that Al Qaeda could use computers to wage terror — disrupting water treatment plants or nuclear facilities, for instance. Experts say the link between Iraq and computer hacking may have been underestimated and poses a growing threat to United States security…

New York Times, ERIC LICHTBLAU JAN. 17, 2003

Notice how the Huffington Post has completely changed the way they frame Dir. James Clapper!

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