No Evidence Of Russia-Wikileaks Connection

A newly-released Joint Analysis Report about Russian hacking has plenty of goodies for cyber-geeks, but it doesn’t have what is desired by the anti-Trump Left. The report gives no evidence that Russian hackers gave any information obtained through hacking to Wikileaks.

Sure, Page #3 of the report says, “The U.S. Government assesses that information was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed.”

However, such a claim isn’t evidence of a link between the hackers and Wikileaks.

From The Hill: “Obama has asked the public to take the assessment of Russian interference largely on faith, suggesting that the American people already know everything they need to know to accept the conclusions of the CIA report. . . Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which published the stolen emails, has denied that the Russian government gave them the files. Private security firms have provided more detailed forensic analysis linking two well-known Russian intelligence groups to the data breach at the DNC. Beyond that, the evidence of Russian interference is compelling, though circumstantial.”

Political partisans on both sides of this issue don’t doubt that Russian hackers gained access to the DNC through a phishing scheme – just as the hackers tried to hack the RNC the same way.

What is not proven is what the hackers did with the information that they gained.

The Obama Administration has not eliminated the possibility that two things happened at the same time: Russians hacked while disgruntled Democrats leaked.

Yes, the hacking by Russians is a problem for the USA. From CBS News: “While the public largely became aware of the cyber attacks during the Democratic National Convention, U.S. officials believe that for about a decade Russian intelligence services have been conducting cyber espionage on a wide range of targets in the country. Investigators allege that Russian-backed cyberattacks have stolen information from and disrupted U.S. government organizations, critical infrastructure, think tanks, universities, political organizations and corporations. U.S. investigators are going public with this analysis, in part because they suspect that Russian hacking units have likely hit targets they aren’t aware of. Officials say they have no reason to believe the cyberattacks will stop.”

However, if the Clinton data publicized by Wikileaks came from disgruntled Democrats – as Wikileaks officials claim – then the Democratic Party is blaming the wrong people for Clinton’s loss.

Blaming the wrong people is what CNN political commentator John Phillips describes in “Fake excuses for Hillary Clinton’s election loss”. He writes, “After a political party loses an election, top party strategists and donors usually demand that a proverbial “autopsy” be performed so that everybody knows what went wrong and they theoretically don’t repeat the same mistakes in future elections. But that may not happen this time around. Why? Top Democrats say it’s not their fault.”

Jonathan Tobin writes, “The point here is not so much their [Democrats’] understandable hard feelings about the election results. Rather, it is that they are still stuck in the denial stage of grief and can’t shake it off. Though they’ll pay lip service to the notion of serving the best interests of the country, there’s little doubt that they are far more interested in continuing the project to delegitimize Trump. That’s why so many of them continue to harp on the farcical notion that Vladimir Putin elected Trump or to hope some other Hail Mary play like parlaying disputes over the president-elect’s admittedly tangled and far-flung financial interests into an impeachment putsch even before he takes office will do the trick.”

Democrats might soothe their hurt feeling by claiming that Russians caused Clinton to lose, but what they are doing isn’t helping the Democratic Party to rebuild after its 2016 losses. Besides, they wouldn’t have to worry about unwanted exposure of their dirty laundry if they didn’t create dirty laundry to begin with.

The dirty laundry exposed by Wikileaks didn’t harm Clinton because it was allegedly false. It harmed her because it was actually true.

Now for a word from a member of the “green” party:

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  • jim_m

    It has become obvious to everyone except the American left (as opposed to the Euro left who can see the truth) that this whole thing with 0bama and the Russians is just 0bama being a petulant child and his petty, personal attacks on those who have made him look like an idiot on the world stage.

    0bama expects everyone to bow down to him because he really does think he is god. People that do not (Netanyahu, Putin, Trump) are now being subjected to his impotent rage. He is a fool. The world can’t wait to be rid of him. The fact that he intends to remain in DC and continue to lead his party into the ditch is a godsend for Republicans. His continues presence all but guarantees a GOP victory in 2020.

    • Scalia

      And Putin has just showed the world what a JV-league player Obama is:

      We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.

      As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

      The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.

      It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.

      My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.

      I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.

      • Olsoljer

        The difference between a leader and a spoiled brat are painfully obvious.

        • Tom Higgens

          You think a psychopath who murder and imprisions all who disagree with him is a true leader? OOOO-KAAAY

          • Scalia

            That depends on what you’re talking about. Diplomacy is an essential component of leading any nation. In this regard, Putin showed that he’s much better at it than Obama. He made Obama look like a fool in turning the other cheek.

            At worst, the Russians showed us in the Democrats’ own words what lying hypocrites they are. That said, I remain unconvinced until I see evidence of the same. Assange says his data came from disgruntled Democrats, so we’ll have to see.

          • Only as compared to the current President, which is a rather low bar…

  • Walter_Cronanty

    When an acknowledged expert opines on an issue within its area of expertise, one should at least listen. Thus, when Rolling Stone says a story stinks, we should pay attention, for who knows more about thinly sourced stories published for obvious propaganda purposes?

    “Something About This Russia Story Stinks

    Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment”

  • Walter_Cronanty
    • jim_m

      Well, since the claim that the Vermont power grid was hacked by the Russians is based on a single piece of allegedly Russian originated malware on a single laptop that was not even connected to the power grid, one can presume that this is the quality of the “intelligence” organizations that are saying that those same Russians hacked the election.

  • Tom Higgens

    Hmm, the fbi and CIA and NSA must of lied. I like Putin better than people that serve America so I agree with you.

    • Scalia

      You mean the same intelligence agencies that told us of WMD in Iraq?

    • NSA has said no such thing, and only the more recent and political elements of the CIA and FBI, neither of which offered any actual proof, support the current distraction so popular among progtards.