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Trump ‘fake news’ dossier’s creator, British spook Chris Steele, fears for his life

Christopher Steele, 52, the former British MI6 spy who authored the 35-page dirty dossier on Donald Trump, has gone underground and is attempting to hide behind UK privacy rules.

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Despite it being “classified” and its information totally unverified, CNN reported the dossier as a legitimate U.S. intelligence document, and Buzzfeed saw fit to publish it online.

See “CNN Fake News: U.S. intelligence memo says Russia has ‘compromising’ information on Trump

One of the most ridiculous claims in the dossier is a lurid account that on a trip to Russia, Trump had hired hookers to urinate (“golden showers”) on a bed in the Moscow Ritz Carlton on which Obama supposedly had slept, and that Russia has a tape of the “golden showers”. The story has all the marks of something a pimply-faced teenager living in his mommy’s basement would conjure, as if Trump would be so juvenile and stupid as to do that, well knowing that Russian intelligence has the hotel and its rooms wired.

Actually, we have good reason to think a pimply-faced teenager did concoct the “golden showers” incident.

According to ZeroHedge, a poster on the scuzzy 4chan chat forum had invented the “golden showers” incident as a hoax. Jim Stone says he saw the 4chan “golden showers” post last November 1. (There’s no record of the post because 4chan scrubs its chatter after a day.)

The 4chan hoaxer then sent the “golden showers” story to Rick Wilson — the GOP consultant who, during the GOP primaries, had called for assassinating Trump. Wilson then sent the story to the CIA, who included the completely unverified account in their official classified (therefore, secret) intelligence report on Russia’s hacking and interference the 2016 election.

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On January 11, 2017, the day after the CNN article on the dossier, in his first press conference as President-elect, Trump denounced the CNN report as “fake news” and Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage”. The Kremlin, too, calls the dossier a “complete fabrication” and denies having “compromising” information on Trump.

In a phone call to Trump and in an official statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the intelligence community “has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.” Clapper calls the 35-page dossier “a private security company document” that “is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product”.

The “private security company” is Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. in London, which is owned by Chris Steels and Christopher Burrows, also a former MI6 agent, who claims not to have been involved in the dossier.

Reportedly, Steele, who is described as a “confirmed socialist” as a student at Cambridge, was paid by two groups to put together the dirty dossier on Trump — first, Trump’s GOP primary opponents; then after Trump became the GOP nominee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and supporters.

Carl Bernstein, who co-wrote the CNN report, said Chris Steele gave the dossier to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is bitterly anti-Trump. McCain then handed it to the FBI. (New York Post) Another account said McCain got the dossier from “a former British ambassador”. (Daily Mail)

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That’s how the 35-page dossier ended up in U.S. intelligence files on Trump, even though, according to James Clapper, the intelligence agencies could not determine the reliability or truth of the dossier’s information, nor did the agencies “rely upon it in any way” for their conclusions. All of which should lead us to ask why the dossier is included in U.S. intelligence reports on Trump in the first place.

Ex-MI6 spook Chris Steele is reported to be in fear for his life after his name became public. Steele, who had spied for the UK in Moscow in the 1990s, fled his home in Surrey so quickly that lights were left and neighbors were hurriedly asked to look after his three cats. There are claims he is hiding out in an MI6 safe house amid fears of backlash from Moscow. Downing Street is refusing to be drawn on whether the government had offered assistance to Steele.

A representative for Steele and his family, as well as his business partner, ask that journalists stop trying to contact them, their employees and family members citing privacy and harassment regulations, which is most ironic because Steele had no such qualms in compiling his dossier of unverified trash on Trump.

Steele’s involvement in the Trump dossier now threatens to be a diplomatic problem for the UK government, caught in the crossfire between the U.S and Russia.

In a tweet, Russia’s London embassy suggests that Steele is still working for MI6 and “briefing both ways” against Trump and Moscow.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May — who is due to visit Washington in the coming weeks with Trump in the White House — is under pressure to reassure Trump the UK had nothing to do with the dossier. At the same time, according to the Telegraph, sources claim Steele had spoken to government officials in London before handing the report to the FBI.

There are also reports that when Steele was active as an MI6 agent, he had worked with Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko — the former KGB man who was murdered with the lethal poison polonium in London in 2006, on the orders of Moscow.

For an excellent article on Chris Steele, the failed MI6 spy, and why his report is not credible, see John Helmer, “Deconstructing MI6 Smear Artist Chris Steele’s ‘Dossier’ on Trump’s Moscow Visit,” Russian Insider, Jan. 18, 2017.

~Eowyn

Trump’s war with the CIA

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the MSM made no secret of their partiality for Hillary Clinton.

Relations between Trump and the media came to a head yesterday, over a CNN report that the Russian government has “compromising” information on Trump — information that is detailed in a “classified” 35-page dossier, a synopsis of which was handed to Trump when he met last week with four top intelligence officials (Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers).

The dossier allegedly had been compiled by a former British intelligence (MI6) official for Trump’s GOP primary campaign opponents, and later for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Another media outlet, Buzzfeed, published the dossier, including the salacious allegation only a pimply-faced teenager living in his mom’s basement would conjure — that Trump, during a visit to Moscow, had hired hookers to urinate on a bed Obama had slept in.

The CNN report completely fell apart less than 24 hours after it was published:

  • Trump denounced it as “fake news” and a “political witch hunt”. In his press conference yesterday morning, Trump called CNN “fake news,” and Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage”.
  • The Kremlin denies having a “compromising” dossier on Trump and calls the intelligence report a “complete fabrication”.
  • A poster on 4chan claims to have concocted the Trump “golden showers” story, which he sent to Rick Wilson — the GOP consultant who called for assassinating Trump — who sent it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election. (ZeroHedge)
  • Carl Bernstein, who co-wrote the CNN report, said the MI6 spook, Chris Steele, had given the dossier of memos to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is overtly anti-Trump. McCain, in turn, handed it to the FBI. (New York Post)
  • In a phone conversation with Trump yesterday (Jan. 11) evening, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the 35-page dossier “a private security company document” that “is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product”. Clapper said the intelligence community (IC) “has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.” He also said he does not believe the leaks came from within the IC. (DNI Clapper Statement on Conversation with President-elect Trump)

Despite Clapper’s “make nice” phone call to Trump, it’s no secret that the intelligence agencies of the Obama administration, with their allegations of Russia hacking and intervening in the election to favor Trump, are hell-bent on subverting the November 8 election.

Trump, for his part, has said that he will reform the intelligence agencies, beginning with the CIA.

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On January 3, 2017, responding to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s description of  Trump as “taking these shots, antagonisms, taunting the intelligence community,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said something quite ominous:

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you. So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Is that a threat?

Former Senator Ron Paul (R) thinks so.

In the “Liberty Report” on January 5, 2017, Paul had an interesting exchange with Daniel McAdams, Executive Directive of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

9:28 mark: McAdams says Chuck Schumer is “plugged in pretty well to the deep state,” then quotes what Schumer said on MSNBC, that Trump is “really dumb” to take on the intelligence community because the latter “have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.”

McAdams observes, “That is very chilling,” and asks Paul if what Schumer said is “a threat” at Donald Trump.

Paul: “This is not a lie. I think he [Schumer] is speaking the truth there — better watch out. I think Trump knows about it. That’s why he has private security.

Paul also had plenty of other interesting things to say about the CIA:

“They’ve gotten us into so much trouble. The evidence is so overwhelming that they’ve been involved in many assassinations, not only…the Kennedy assassination, maybe both Kennedys’ for all we know.”

Paul said the CIA is so secretive that “even as a member of Congress,” he couldn’t find out “what was really going on and sometimes I don’t even know what was going on…. I don’t think they give us information. They hide information from us…and they mislead us.” So Paul applauds Trump’s plan to look into and shrink the intelligence agencies. But he warns that Trump’s reform will be met with “great resistance”.

McAdams said something that I’ve read on other blogs and sites, that there are factions within the intelligence agencies. McAdams said that parts of the CIA “have been in open warfare against Trump through the campaign. So many ‘anonymous’ leaks from intelligence officials.” Implying that Trump knows what he’s up against, McAdams noted that Trump has “surrounded himself very closely with military types, military officers,” and that there’s an “ongoing tension between Pentagon intelligence analysis and what the CIA does,” as in Syria “where the CIA troops are fighting the Pentagon troops on the ground”.

Paul said there are 17 intelligence agencies altogether and that “the deep state is involved”. Paul also said that he does not believe the Obama administration’s claims that Russia hacked and intervened in the 2016 election — “I don’t think they have the evidence”. He points out that it is the U.S. government and the CIA that repeatedly intervene in other countries’ elections — as many as 81 elections since WWII and 50 assassinations.

McAdams points out the hypocrisy of John McCain accusing Russia of intervening in our election when McCain “went to Ukraine and actually participated in the overthrow of an elected government” and “did the same thing and went into Syria and met with a bunch of terrorists” because McCain wants to overthrow the Assad government.”

8:45 mark: Paul said Trump “will have problems achieving” reform of the intelligence agencies “because there’s so many obstacles and he won’t know who really represents the CIA unless he is well attuned to the deep state because the real orders and assassinations” are given to the CIA by the deep state.

In its post, “The Final Takedown of Trump Begins in Earnest,” State of the Nation concludes:

“There can be only one reason for the fake dossier that was fabricated by rogue elements within the U.S. intelligence community. To use it as a pretext to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump by traitors within the Obama Administration and DNC, as well as rogue intelligence agencies.

That this unvetted fraud was then quickly disseminated throughout the global MSM provides further evidence of a highly organized coup against the president-elect. […]

Make no mistake about it: from now until Inauguration Day will be the most dangerous times for Donald Trump and his transition team. The very future of the United States of America now hangs in the balance as never before.”

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Live stream of Trump’s press conference today – Open Thread

In the wake of CNN’s fake news report on Russia having “compromising” information on President-elect Donald Trump — which fell apart in less than 24 hours because of the vigilant Alternative Media — this press conference should be a doozy.

See “CNN Fake News: U.S. intelligence memo says Russia has ‘compromising’ information on Trump

I can’t wait to see Trump chew up the MSM, especially CNN, and spit them out.

Bring popcorn!

Click here for the livestream.

~Eowyn

 

 

CNN Fake News: U.S. intelligence memo says Russia has ‘compromising’ information on Trump

This is breaking news, for which there’s no verification other than what CNN claims to be true. Bear in mind that CNN is totally biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. See:

If this is true, the implications are very serious. It will give the Democrats the weapon for which they’ve been desperately searching to scuttle Trump’s presidency before he’s even inaugurated. What will happen after that is anyone’s guess because the resulting Constitutional crisis will be something America has never encountered.

Here’s the story.

This afternoon, a CNN report by Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein alleges that last week when Trump met with U.S. intelligence chiefs* for a briefing on Russia’s hacking and intervention in the November 8 presidential election, among the classified documents presented to Trump was a hitherto-undisclosed 2-page memo that the Russian government has compromising information of a personal and financial nature on Trump.

*The intelligence chiefs who briefed Trump are Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.

While the CNN report does not say it, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to draw out the implications of this bombshell if it is true — which is that Moscow can use the compromising information to blackmail a President Trump. In fact, CNN claims that Russia has damaging information on both Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, and on Trump and the GOP, but chose to reveal only the information on Hillary & Dems while withholding Trump’s because Moscow meant to harm Hillary’s candidacy and help Trump’s.

The 2-page memo is a synopsis of 35 pages of memos that “originated as opposition research, first commissioned by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats.”

How does CNN know this? —

  1. CNN was told this by unnamed “multiple high ranking intelligence, administration, congressional and law enforcement officials, as well as foreign officials and others in the private sector with direct knowledge of the memos.”
  2. CNN claims to have actually “reviewed” the 35-page compilation of memos from which the 2-page synopsis was drawn. Paraodoxically, despite having “reviewed” the memos, CNN does not disclose what is contained in those memos.

Here is what CNN says about the synopsis and the source memos:

  • The 2-page synopsis was not an “official part” of the intelligence report about Russian hacks because it “was considered so sensitive,” but was “only shared at the most senior levels of the government” — President Obama, President-elect Trump, and eight Congressional leaders, including Harry Reid and John McCain.
  • At the same time, just about anyone of importance in D.C. already knows “some of the allegations” that “are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington“.
  • In addition to compromising information on Trump, the synopsis also includes “allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”
  • Some of the allegations made in the source memos are from an unnamed “former British intelligence operative” — “a former MI6 agent, who was posted in Russia in the 1990s and now runs a private intelligence gathering firm.” The man and “his vast [intelligence] network throughout Europe” were checked out by US intelligence agencies and found “to be credible enough”. Initially, the British spook’s investigations related to Trump were funded by groups and donors supporting Trump’s GOP primary campaign opponents. Once Trump became the nominee, the spook’s further investigation was funded by groups and donors supporting Hillary Clinton.
  • Some of the allegations were first reported publicly in Mother Jones one week before the election.

So what did Mother Jones report one week before the election?

From Mother Jones, January 10, 2017:

“In late October, Mother Jones’ David Corn first reported that a former Western counterintelligence official [who asked not to be identified] with nearly two decades of experience on ‘Russian intelligence matters’ had been assigned the task of looking into Trump’s dealings with Russia as part of an opposition research effort initially funded by a Republican donor. This official was so alarmed by what he discovered that he passed the intelligence to the FBI.”

What did this unnamed “former Western counterintelligence official” discover which he judged to be “sufficiently serious” to share with the FBI?–

  • The Russian government “has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least 5 years,” all “endorsed by Putin,” in order “to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.”
  • Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.”
  • Russian intelligence “compromised” Trump during his visits to Moscow and could “blackmail him.”
  • Russian intelligence had also compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”

According to a HuffingonPost reporter named Andrea Chalupa in a tweet on Oct. 31, 2016, intelligence circles say Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service) “filmed Trump in an orgy” when he was in Russia.

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Calling Trump and the Republican Party traitors to Russia, Colin Taylor of the rabid Occupy Democrats blog gets on his moral high horse and hysterically declares:

“Trump is unqualified to lead this nation and has done nothing since his victory to show us otherwise, or to even indicate that he intends to govern at all. Now that we know he has been compromised by a foreign government, we cannot allow him to be sworn in.”

Here are my observations:

  1. CNN says that the Trump transition team, FBI spokespeople, and the Director of National Intelligence all declined to comment. Furthermore, the officials who spoke to CNN “declined to do so on the record,” i.e., reveal their names, because of “the classified nature of the material.” All of which means that unless the parties who have direct knowledge of the memos talk, at this point we only have CNN’s word — and we all know how reliable and believable CNN is. [sarc]
  2. Why is the information contained in the 2-page synopsis so much more “sensitive” and “classified” that the synopsis was not an “official part” of the intelligence reports that have been published and publicized, and must remain so secret that the “multiple intelligence officials” who spoke about this to CNN refuse to be named?
  3. Since the information about Trump had been discovered months ago by the unnamed former British spook, and conveyed to Trump’s GOP primary opponents, Hillary Clinton and her campaign officials, the FBI, and even Mother Jones, and given how “compromising” and “damaging” the information is to Trump, why didn’t all those people, especially Hillary, reveal the information to the public?
  4. Since the allegations contained in the damning memos are “widely circulated” in D.C. and known to Obama and Congressional leaders including Harry Reid, why did they wait till now to “leak” the memos to CNN?
  5. If the “compromising information of a personal nature” about Trump is a sex tape of him in an orgy, why would this disqualify him from the presidency when President Bill Clinton’s oral sex with and shoving a cigar up the anus of a White House intern in the Oval Office didn’t disqualify him?

When I began writing this post hours ago, there was nothing about this on Trump’s Twitter feed. I just checked it again. Trump is calling the CNN report “unverifiable” “fake news” and “a total political witch hunt”.

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Until we are shown the actual 2-page synopsis as well as the 35 pages of source memos, I call this B.S. — yet another desperate ploy of the Obama administration and the complicit “fake news” MSM to subvert the 2016 election.

In addition to CNN’s obvious partisan bias, the network also has a track record of deception and fake news.

See also:

UPDATE (Jan. 11, 2017):

H/t FOTM‘s Anon, Will Shanley, and Artist.

Here’s a link to the 35-page dossier from which the 2-page synopsis was generated, which BuzzFeed irresponsibly published even though the document is totally unverified. WikiLeaks observes that it “is not an intelligence report. Style, facts & dates show no credibility”.

A poster on the online chat forum 4Chan, which deletes the chatter after a day, claims that the infamous “golden showers” scene (that Trump made people urinate on a bed Obama slept in) in the 35-page source memo dossier allegedly compiled by a British intelligence officer from which the 2-page synopsis was drawn, was a hoax and fabricated by a member of the chatboard as “fanfiction”, then sent to Rick Wilson, who sent it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election. (ZeroHedge)

In other words, what CNN reports to be Russia’s “compromising information” on Trump is a HOAX.

Shame on CNN! Shame on the CIA and other U.S. intelligence organizations! And shame on the Four Stooges: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.

This CNN fake news incident reveals, once and for all, how utterly corrupt and incompetent U.S. intelligence agencies have become under Obama. They have lost all credibility. Trump already has said he’ll reform the agencies, beginning with the CIA.

9 more days until inauguration…. Please pray for Trump’s safety. Please pray for America.

UPDATE 2 (Jan. 11, 2017):

russia-denies-compromising-info-on-trumpUPDATE 3 (Jan. 11, 2017):

WSJ (via ZeroHedge) says the name of the mysterious former MI6 spook is Chris Steele, 52. His LinkedIn page, which is now scrubbed, said he’s currently Director at Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., London, UK.

WSJ asked Andrew Wordsworth, co-founder of London-based investigations firm Raedas, who often works on Russian issues, if the 35-page Trump dossier is credible. Wordsworth said the memos in the Trump dossier were “not convincing at all. It’s just way too good. If the head of the CIA were to declare he got information of this quality, you wouldn’t believe it.” Wordsworth said it wouldn’t make sense for Russian intelligence officials to expose state secrets to a former MI-6 officer because “Russians believe once you are an agent, you’re an agent forever.”

~Eowyn

4 reasons why you shouldn’t believe the Obama FBI-DHS report on Russian hacking

The “Russia intervened in 2016 election to favor Trump” conspiracy theory was the Democrats’ last-ditch effort to subvert the election.

The Washington Post led the way of the MSM’s propaganda, claiming that a “secret” CIA report named the Russian government as having:

  1. Hacked into the emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta, as well as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured and unlawful private email server.
  2. Giving those hacked emails to agents, who in turn,
  3. Provided them to WikiLeaks to publish online — to damaging effects on Hillary’s campaign.

More than that, relying on a shadowy, anonymous, newly-founded website PropOrNot, the Washington Post named 200 Alternative Media sites as Russia’s witting or unwitting agents of disinformation and “fake news,” including Wikipedia, Drudge Report, as well as small humble blogs like Fellowship of the Minds.

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The problem is we are simply to put our trust in the Washington Post and other media accounts of this “secret” CIA report, when the MSM violated their own journalist ethics by making no secret of their all-out partiality for Hillary. See, for example:

Adding to our skepticism is that a careful reading of the Washington Post‘s article shows that the “secret” CIA report doesn’t actually make those claims (see “Fake News: Washington Post’s CIA report that Russia intervened in elections to help Trump“). Then there are the credible voices that insist it wasn’t Russia:

Despite the concerted efforts of the Obama administration and the complicit MSM, a Morning Consult poll in late December found that by a whopping 71% majority, the American people don’t buy Obama’s “Russia as bogeyman” conspiracy theory.

Nor did the Electoral College. On November 8, Trump was elected President by a landslide Electoral College margin of 306 to Hillary Clinton’s 232. On December 19 when the Electors formally voted, ironically the faithless electors turned out to be Democrats: the final Electoral College vote was 304 Trump to 224 Clinton.

On December 29, 2016, on the basis of a vague “secret” CIA report, the Obama administration risked war with Russia by expelling 35 Russian diplomats and closing down two Russian consulates. Thankfully, not being insane, Russian President Putin prudently refused to retaliate in kind. And so, World War III is averted — for now.

DHS-FBI Report on Russian Hacking

That same day, December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration finally released a 13-page joint DHS-FBI report on Russian hacking GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity. More than half of the 13-page report isn’t even about hacking, but consists of a list of suggestions for cyber security and preventive measures.

Note: “Grizzly Steppe” is the Obama administration’s code-name for what the administration calls Russia’s “malicious cyber activity”.

Below is the summary of the Grizzly Steppe report:

“This Joint Analysis Report (JAR) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities. The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE.
Previous JARs have not attributed malicious cyber activity to specific countries or threat actors. However, public attribution of these activities to RIS is supported by technical indicators from the U.S. Intelligence Community, DHS, FBI, the private sector, and other entities. This determination expands upon the Joint Statement released October 7, 2016, from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security.
This activity by RIS is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. government and its citizens. These cyber operations have included spearphishing campaigns targeting government organizations, critical infrastructure entities, think tanks, universities, political organizations, and corporations leading to the theft of information. In foreign countries, RIS actors conducted damaging and/or disruptive cyber-attacks, including attacks on critical infrastructure
networks.
In some cases, RIS actors masqueraded as third parties, hiding behind false online personas designed to cause the victim to misattribute the source of the attack. This JAR provides technical indicators related to many of these operations, recommended mitigations, suggested actions to take in response to the indicators provided, and information on how to report such incidents to the U.S. Government.”

The report then proceeds to identify two specific Russian “actors” who hacked into the Democratic Party’s emails on two separate occasions — summer of 2015 and spring of 2016:

  1. APT29: “The first actor group, known as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 29, entered into the party’s systems in summer 2015″
  2. APT28: A second Russian hacker(s), “known as APT28, entered in spring 2016.”

In both instances, the alleged Russian hackers gained entrance into Democrat emails via spearphishing.

Note: Phishing is a hacker’s attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. We’ve all received phish emails, wherein we are given some reason (e.g., your email or bank account has been breached) and asked to click on a URL, ostensibly the URL of your account, in order to verify you’re the owner of the account. The URL, of course, is bogus — a trap to get you, if you are stupid enough, to enter your username and password. The phishing scammer then uses your username and password to hack into your account.

In the words of the Grizzly Steppe report:

In summer 2015, an APT29 spearphishing campaign directed emails containing a malicious link to over 1,000 recipients, including multiple U.S. Government victims. APT29 used legitimate domains, to include domains associated with U.S. organizations and educational institutions, to host malware and send spearphishing emails. In the course of that campaign, APT29 successfully compromised a U.S. political party. At least one targeted individual activated links to malware hosted on operational infrastructure of opened attachments containing malware. APT29 delivered malware to the political party’s systems, established persistence, escalated privileges, enumerated active directory accounts, and exfiltrated email from several accounts through encrypted connections back through operational infrastructure.

In spring 2016, APT28 compromised the same political party, again via targeted spearphishing. This time, the spearphishing email tricked recipients into changing their passwords through a fake webmail domain hosted on APT28 operational infrastructure. Using the harvested credentials, APT28 was able to gain access and steal content, likely leading to the exfiltration of information from multiple senior party members.

The report claims that on both occasions — summer 2015 and spring 2016 — “The U.S. Government assesses that information was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed.”

In other words, the email accounts of the DNC, Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were hacked because these Democrats were so stupid as to fall for phishing scams that only morons and those with senile dementia fall for. Let that idea sink in . . . .

John Podesta, in particular, is so careless with his email account that he made the job of hackers ridiculously easy by having “jpodesta” as his username and the word “p@sswOrd” as his password, as indicated in an email sent to him by his Special Assistant Eryn Sepp on Feb. 19, 2015, which WikiLeaks published:

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Reasons why Grizzly Steppe report is not credible

(1) The report is prefaced by a curious Disclaimer, which says;

“This report is provided ‘as is’ for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.

(2) Cybersecurity expert John McAfee (yes, that John McAfee, as in the McAfee anti-virus software you use to protect your computer from viruses and malware), told Larry King in an RT America interview that the report is a ploy to “manipulate our opinions”:

“When the FBI or when any other agency says the Russians did it or the Chinese did something or the Iranians did something – that’s a fallacy. Any hacker capable of breaking into something is extraordinarily capable of hiding their tracks. If I were the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it I would use Russian language within the code. I would use Russian techniques of breaking into organizations so there is simply no way to assign a source for any attack – this is a fallacy. This is what the FBI and other agencies want us to believe so that they can manipulate our opinions, but I can promise you – if it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians.

You can watch and hear McAfee for yourself by going to the RT video on Express.

McAfee also said it’s no longer possible to keep “secrets” in the online landscape and that other countries already have access to U.S. classified information:

“Our government wants to say ‘well we have secrets we must protect’ – there are no secrets anymore. If the US Government believes the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians do not already have all of our secrets because of their hacking technologies, then our government is deluding itself.”

Furthermore, McAfee believes that the U.S. government itself is the hacker — of “influential” Americans:

“I have no privacy and neither do you, Larry. If you think that just because you’re not a political activist or not speaking out against a government agency that they may not be looking into your life – I know that they are. Why? You are an important person, you influence millions of Americans, so of course, they want to know what you’re thinking, what you’re doing, who your friends are and what you’re saying – and I’m not being paranoid – this is just that facts of life as it exists today.”

(3) Most importantly, other than naming the hackers as APT 29 and APT 28 and describing how they hacked into Democrat emails (via phishing), the report does not actually tell us how the Obama administration knows the hacks had been directed by the Russian government, or that the hackers’ motive was to influence the election in favor of Trump. This is pointed out by Bill Binney, a 36-year executive of the National Security Agency (NSA) who is widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and its best-ever analyst and code-breaker who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information. According to Binney:

“I expected to see the IP’s or other signatures of APTs 28/29 [the entities which the U.S. claims hacked the Democratic emails] and where they were located and how/when the data got transferred to them from DNC/HRC [i.e. Hillary Rodham Clinton]/etc. They seem to have been following APT 28/29 since at least 2015, so, where are they?

Further, once we see the data being transferred to them, when and how did they transfer that data to Wikileaks? This would be evidence of trying to influence our election by getting the truth of our corrupt system out. […]

In addition, since Wikileaks is (and has been) a cast iron target for NSA/GCHQ/etc for a number of years there should be no excuse for them missing data going to any one associated with Wikileaks.”

(4) Even Rolling Stones magazine, which endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, is unconvinced. As the magazine’s contributing editor Matt Taibbi correctly points out:

“But this could also just be a cynical ass-covering campaign, by a Democratic Party that has seemed keen to deflect attention from its own electoral failures.

The outgoing Democrats could just be using an over-interpreted intelligence ‘assessment’ to delegitimize the incoming Trump administration [….]

We just don’t know, which is the problem.

[…] Not only do governments lie, they won’t hesitate to burn news agencies. In a desperate moment, they’ll use any sucker they can find to get a point across. […] Which makes it surprising we’re not trying harder to avoid getting fooled again.”

When even a left-wing magazine that had endorsed Hillary Clinton for President admits that “we just don’t know” after reading the DHS-FBI Grizzly Steppe report on Russia’s alleged hacking of Democrat emails, one would have to be really gullible to place any confidence in the report.

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Clearly the Democrats’ emails had been hacked, then given to WikiLeaks to publish. Obama wants you to believe the culprits are the Russian government. But that’s really not the point, is it?

In the end, what is important are the emails themselves and what they reveal:

  • The DNC was Hillary’s tool and actively sabotaged and undermined Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
  • Hillary Clinton’s lies, corruption, venality, and contempt for the “little people” whom she would rule as president.
  • John Podesta’s satanic activities.

It is the contents of those emails, not who hacked the emails, which helped to defeat Hillary and elect Donald Trump.

Let’s say you are about to get married. A friend got hold of information that your fiancé is cheating on you, and gave that information to you, with which you called off the wedding. Would it make any sense for you to heap your fury on the friend, instead of on your faithless fiancé?

What the Obama administration is doing is exactly the same. They would have you blame the messenger who provided you with the critical information you should have for the 2016 presidential election.

We now know Democrat bigwigs — the DNC, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta — are really stupid, so stupid as to fall for phishing scams. Don’t allow them to think you are stupid too.

~Eowyn

Another Democrat FAIL: 71% of Americans don’t believe Russia hacked election

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The “Russia intervened in 2016 election to favor Trump” conspiracy theory was the Democrats’ last-ditch effort to subvert the election by convincing the Electoral College to vote Hillary Clinton for the presidency.

Thankfully, instead of GOP electors going rogue by voting for Hillary, the faithless electors turned out to be Democrats who ditched Hillary. See “Trump officially voted President!”.

Now, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that the American people don’t buy the “Russia as bogeyman” lie either, which is yet another indicator of the failure of the mainstream media’s propaganda.

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According to the poll:

  • 46% of respondents said the U.S. can’t be sure who is primarily responsible for the hacking because tracing cyberattacks is complicated and because the CIA had been wrong about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • 25% of respondents said they didn’t know or had no opinion.
  • That means a whopping 71% of respondents (46% + 25%) do not believe the accusation of Obama administration and the MSM (led by “fake news” Washington Post) that Russia had intervened in the 2016 presidential election by hacking and providing Democrat emails to WikiLeaks.
  • Only 29% of respondents in the poll said there was “near certainty” that Russia is responsible for hacking and that intelligence agencies had used advanced techniques to determine that the former Cold War adversary is responsible.

As usual, Democrats — being less informed and less intelligent — are more likely to believe in the “Russian hack” lie. (See “Republicans are better informed, more open-minded and tolerant than Democrats“)

As many as 50% of Democrats believe in the lie; in contrast, only 14% of Republicans are that stupid.

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H/t FOTM’s Longknife 21 for the “Russians pooped in the hallway” pic!

~Eowyn

Former UK ambassador: Democrat whistleblowers leaked emails, not Russia

The “Russia intervened in 2016 election to favor Trump” conspiracy theory is the Democrats’ last-ditch effort to subvert the election by convincing the Electoral College to vote for Hillary next Monday. There’s even talk of redoing the presidential election itself.

Thus far, all we’ve heard and read is hearsay — by the Washington Post, by Obama, by this or that senator or congressman — that there is a secret CIA report on Russia’s nefarious role in the election in:

  1. Hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton, and her close associate, the very creepy John Podesta.
  2. Giving the hacked emails to unnamed “agents” who then supplied the emails to WikiLeaks to publish.

What the American people have not seen is the actual CIA report.

Stranger still is the fact that although several congressional committees are looking into the suspected Russian interference, U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, refused a request to brief the House intelligence committee last Thursday (Dec. 15) on the cyber-attacks.

The legal dictionary defineshearsay” as “A statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” The dictionary further explains that:

the Hearsay Rule, as outlined in the Federal Rules of Evidence, prohibits most statements made outside a courtroom from being used as evidence in court. This is because statements made out of court normally are not made under oath, a judge or jury cannot personally observe the demeanor of someone who makes a statement outside the courtroom, and an opposing party cannot cross-examine such a declarant (the person making the statement). Out-of-court statements hinder the ability of the judge or jury to probe testimony for inaccuracies caused by ambiguity, insincerity, faulty perception, or erroneous memory. Thus, statements made out of court are perceived as untrustworthy.”

And yet we are to accept that on the basis of hearsay about some secret CIA report, which no court would consider as evidence, the Electoral College should overturn the results of the 2016 election by voting for Hillary Clinton as president, despite Donald Trump having attained a majority of Electoral votes of 306 vs. Hillary’s 232.

But we do have a first-person testimony that is not hearsay — from former British ambassador Craig Murray, who claims he had received Hillary Clinton campaign emails, not from Russia, but from “disgusted” Democrat whistleblowers.

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Alana Goodman reports for the Daily Mail that in an interview with Dailymail.com on Dec. 13, 2016, Craig Murray, who is a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said he had flown to Washington, D.C. in September 2016 for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources. Murray retrieved the package during a clandestine meeting in a wooded area near American University, in northwest D.C. The individual he met with was not the original person who obtained the information, but an intermediary.

Murray said:

“Neither of [the email leaks] came from the Russians. The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from [Democrat Party] inside leaks, not hacks.”

Murray said the leakers were motivated by “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.” Murray declined to say where the sources worked and how they had access to the information, to shield their identities. He said that Podesta’s emails might be “of legitimate interest to the security services” in the U.S. due to his communications with Saudi Arabia lobbyists and foreign officials.

Murray said he was speaking out due to claims from CIA officials that Wikileaks was given the documents by Russian hackers as part of an effort to help Trump win the U.S. presidential election:

“I don’t understand why the CIA would say the information came from Russian hackers when they must know that isn’t true. Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents Wikileaks published did not come from that.”

Murray’s account cannot be independently verified but is in line with previous statements by Wikileaks:

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  • In August 2016, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange intimated that DNC staffer Seth Rich was the source of the DNC emails. At about 4:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 27 year-old Rich was shot and killed in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW in Washington, DC. His murder remains unsolved to this day.
  • More recently in November in an interview with John Pilger, Assange said, “The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

Murray is a controversial figure who was removed from his post as a British ambassador amid allegations of misconduct. He was a vocal critic of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan while serving as ambassador between 2002 and 2004, a stance that pitted him against the UK Foreign Office. Murray was cleared of charges of misconduct, but left the diplomatic service in acrimony.

His links to Wikileaks are well known and while his account is likely to be seen as both unprovable and possibly biased, it is also the first intervention by Wikileaks since reports surfaced last week that the CIA believes Russia had hacked the Clinton emails to help hand the election to Donald Trump.

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H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Eowyn