Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Russian Hacking Narrative is a Crock

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

The Narrative
The Russians have been accused of meddling in the American election for the purpose of defeating Hillary Clinton. The left claim this brings into question the validity of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. The polls and general consensus of polling and biased press reporting had assured the American public that Mrs. Clinton would win easily.  All of the major news outlets projected a Clinton landslide.  The fact that it didn’t happen could only be attributed to Russian intervention!  Despite the lack of evidence of election tampering by the Russians, the left is using the alleged hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer system as a reason to deny Mr. Trump the Presidency.

The Truth
The DNC refused to allow the FBI to examine its servers after party officials claimed they had been hacked by Russia during the 2016 election. “The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated." The FBI wasn’t allowed to investigate the alleged hack, having instead to rely on third party reports for information.
In fact, the DNC forced the FBI to rely exclusively on information provided by the private digital forensics company CrowdStrike. The cybersecurity company was hired after the hack to restructure and rebuild the DNC’s entire management systems and provide around the clock monitoring. The DNC would permit no independent verification of any hacking, for the DNC is not a government agency and therefore not required to provide access to their computer system.
CrowdStrike is a California-based, cybersecurity technology company, co-founded by experts George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch. The company was financed to the tune of $100 million by a funding drive last year led by Google.

The Never-Ending Narrative
The Director of National Intelligence released an Intelligence Community Assessment Friday, directly accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering a campaign to influence the U.S. election and hurt Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.  The finding was released after officials briefed President-elect Donald Trump and a day after the reports were released to Democrat Party-friendly reporters at NBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times. 

The gist of this bit of political denial
We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” 

And contradicts itself
We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.  The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”

The only fact they left out
“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the Russians did not alter vote counts in the U.S. election.” 
“ ‘They did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort,’ Clapper said under questioning from Chairman John McCain.”

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