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Former CIA and NSA Officials Just Joined Forces & Debunked the Russian “Hack” Conspiracy Thoery

In an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun, two former, high-ranking intelligence officials tore apart the Obama administration’s vocal and as-yet unproven claim The Russians interfered with the U.S. election — and hacked systems of the Democratic establishment — to ensure a Donald Trump win.

However, as William Binney, former NSA official turned whistleblower, and Ray McGovern, veteran award-winning CIA officer turned political activist, explained, the utter lack of evidence presented by current intelligence officials to back up the allegations indicates the possibility none exists.

“The long anticipated Joint Analysis Report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Dec. 29 met widespread criticism in the technical community,” they wrote, referring to the sole public disclosure of putative evidence. “Worse still, some of the advice it offered led to a very alarmist false alarm about supposed Russian hacking into a Vermont electric power station.”

Deeming it watered down, “thin gruel,” Binney and McGovern excoriated the disclaimer-emblazoned report’s vapid claims, noting the deafening absence of comment from the NSA, CIA, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Notorious for disseminating disinformation, Clapper testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday to defend the Russian meddling dogma amid promises a full report from several — but not all — agencies of the intelligence community.

Trusting a word Clapper utters is a game of Russian roulette — pun intended — as Binney and McGovern explained, considering he has a proven record of egregious lies leading to the deaths of millions of innocent people:

“When Pentagon favorites like Iraqi émigré Ahmed Chalabi plied U.S. intelligence with spurious ‘evidence’ on WMD in Iraq, Mr. Clapper was in position to suppress the findings of any imagery analyst who might have the temerity to report, for example, that the Iraqi ‘chemical weapons facility’ for which Mr. Chalabi provided the geographic coordinates was nothing of the kind. Mr. Clapper preferred to go by the Rumsfeldian dictum: ‘The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.’ (It will be interesting to see if he tries that out on the president-elect Friday.)

“A year after the war began, Mr. Chalabi told the media, ‘We are heroes in error. As far as we’re concerned we’ve been entirely successful.’ By that time it was clear there were no WMD in Iraq. When Mr. Clapper was asked to explain, he opined, without adducing any evidence, that they probably were moved into Syria.”

Following that chain of events, arrant devastation first visited Iraq in the military conquest to depose Saddam Hussein — inaccurately portrayed in American corporate media and by U.S. officials for a brutal dictatorship and possessing the aforementioned weapons of mass destruction.

Clapper’s vacuous assertion said nonexistent WMDs found their way to Syria became a critical detail as the U.S. military is currently hell bent on repeating with President Bashar al-Assad the nefarious plot it attempted with Hussien.

Indeed, the head of U.S. Intelligence proffered flagrantly false statements to Congress in March, 2013, on the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs. When Edward Snowden blew the whistle just four months later — sending a sizable shockwave around the world — Clapper ate crow and apologized to the Senate for his “clearly erroneous” false testimony.

In short, Clapper’s testimony bemoaning Fake News, hackers, and, generally,  The Russians, dangerously — and equally vacantly — echoes of WMDs.

Binney and McGovern, with award-winning and longtime careers in intelligence to bolster their case, note the glaring inconsistency in officials’ reliance on ‘circumstantial’ evidence — overwhelming or not — given the “NSA’s vacuum cleaner sucking up hard evidence galore.”

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Until hard evidence comes to light, this narrative bears all the hallmarks of a fanciful, purposeful fabrication. Even Clapper’s claim Democratic systems were hacked and information then given to Wikileaks is strikingly threadbare, as the two veteran intelligence officers continue in detail:

Hack: When someone in a remote location electronically penetrates operating systems, firewalls or other cyber-protection systems and then extracts data. Our own considerable experience, plus the rich detail revealed by Edward Snowden, persuades us that, with NSA’s formidable trace capability, it can identify both sender and recipient of any and all data crossing the network.

Leak: When someone physically takes data out of an organization — on a thumb drive, for example — and gives it to someone else, as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning did. Leaking is the only way such data can be copied and removed with no electronic trace.

“Because NSA can trace exactly where and how any ‘hacked’ emails from the Democratic National Committee or other servers were routed through the network, it is puzzling why NSA cannot produce hard evidence implicating the Russian government and WikiLeaks. Unless we are dealing with a leak from an insider, not a hack, as other reporting suggests. From a technical perspective alone, we are convinced that this is what happened.”

It’s time for Clapper and his devious ilk to provide unassailable evidence proving the dubious Russian election interference theory — preferably with substantive explanation for Russia’s motivation — before the U.S. government capriciously lies its way into yet another war.

  • Candice White

    Freethought is really a communist front dont believe a word they say.

    • MrRottenTreats


    • Jim Mooney

      Stupid remark. Russia isn’t even communist anymore. What, did you just wake up after a forty year snooze?

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Good sarcasm! It fooled people.

    • Amaris

      are you a troll or a shill or both?

  • “The man”

    Spellcheck? Let’s look professional….it’s the grammar nazi, btw….

  • LotharLocnar

    well, there’s always a reason.Guess we common folks aren’t in that club to know why.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Grammar schools are public schools without the sodomy.

  • Jim Mooney

    Known liar James Clapper and Obama’s spy stooges are working overtime to get us into nuclear war with Russia. The state-dept-fed media that gave us WMDs in Iraq goes along.

    The motive is transparent. Pathetic sore loser Obama wants to blame the Dems miserable loss on Russia and discredit Trump as their tool, by risking all our lives.

    Now, Trump does a fine job of discreditting himself, but the “Rooskis ate our homework” meme of the DLC Totally Fails on their loss of the House, Senate, and State Houses – since there was no email hack there. That Big Loss was all DLC.

    Obama just doesn’t want to admit many Dems didn’t vote since he was a total pro-corporate dud who pushed Nothing progressive and they were sick of his fraud. His heart was only in rightwing crap like the TPP and Total Bankster Protection.

    Here is something the AgitProp media doesn’t tell you. Obama has put troops and missiles right at Russia’s border. He is ringing them with long-range radar and THAAD antimissile shields. This is making them think we plan a first-strike by disabling their missiles and they are on a nuclear hair-trigger. We would be if they did this in Mexico.

    I really don’t appreciate my life being put at risk by a poor loser and excuser. If you see a mushroom cloud you’ll know who to blame, but it will be too late.

    • jonbandit

      Disgruntled Americans, say the darnedest things….

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    • Amaris

      you have hit the nail on the head, and that is exactly what worries me too. The US have sent tanks to Europe, now why would they be doing that unless they are preparing for an all out war? Or else trying to provoke Putin into one? It’s like once Obama was elected into office he does anything he darn well pleases , and no one can stop him, meantime millions of civilians are dead because of this man.

      I think he wants to escalate things with Russia before he leaves office, so that Trump will not be able to reverse any of Obama’s decisions as it will be too late. It feels like the rush is on…., and things have never been closer to a WW3. All they need now is a major false flag like 9/11 to start a war.

    • TheGodless

      Ugh! You conspiracy theorists always seem to give the government way more credit than it deserves. Just like most of the other popular governmental conspiracy theories, the number of people that would need to be involved, likelihood of every person involved continuing to work towards the same goal while also maintaining the cover up, amount of money needed to fund such a massive endeavor, ability of anyone to be able to funnel such large amounts of money into such an endeavor without anyone ever noticing, and super powered foresight and planning skills that would be needed, the chance of the plot and subsequent cover ever being successful is about as close to zero as it can get, particularly when you are talking about a massive endeavor like purposefully working towards a nuclear war. The government is too inept and has too many checks and balances and competing interests to ever get away with something like that. Even on much smaller scales and with less people involved, the government can rarely get away with even just taking revenge on a single politician by trying to secretly close down a bridge that leads into the politician’s town.

      We must not forget that with Russia, we are talking about a nation that verges on being a 3rd world country and that Russia’s economy is about the size of little ol’ Italy. Regardless of the level of threat Russsia does or doesn’t pose and whether Obama’s words and actions have increased the chances of us going to war with them, it certainly couldn’t have been the best option for us to elect a person who can’t take even a silly criticism without having a childish hissy fit and whose inexperience may alone be enough to get us in an unnecessary war. There are times, particularly when it comes to foreign policy and dealing with our frenemies, that having an actual experienced politician who is good at compromising and has good people skills is a good thing.

  • Mary Muennig

    Very good article.

  • doucyet

    NSA, CIA, FBI, Wiki, Anonymous, what the hell do they know? If Hillary and Obama said it was the Russian’s then by God it’s up to us to believe them!!

  • This was done in D.C. the other day.

    Jan 5, 2017 Reality Check: Pres.Obama Signs New Law To Allow U.S. Gov. to Fund Propaganda For U.S. Citizens


  • Dec 12, 2016 Georgia Official Says Homeland Security Tried To Hack Their State’s Voter Database

    While most of the country frets over Russia’s role in the 2016 election, the state of Georgia has come forward saying that they’ve traced an IP from a hack of their voter database right back to the offices of the Department of Homeland Security. Apparently we need to focus on protecting our vote from our own government.


  • There is no doubt that Russia (along with China, India, Israel…) hacked the USA Government records. That did not provoke an Obama response. However, when the DNC and Hilary’s files were hacked and to have dirt to undermine Hillary when she was to be elected (which the Russians believed up to the day she lost) and Russia (and others) only release absolute truth by the release of the documents, then Obama got angry and once again directed every effort to undermine Trump and the new administration.
    I hear a tweet coming to announce that Obama going the way of the worst president USA ever had.

    • junktex

      Of those three,Russia,China and Israel,which is the most avid hacker of US govt records??Give you one guess.lol

      • I would say Israel is the most effective mole for USA secured information and China is the biggest gatherer of our general intelligence data.
        USA State Department hence or media fears blasting China and we have too little proof of Israel’s success so Russia (incorrectly) remains on top.

        • junktex

          And Israel is busy cozying up to China as they see the US as a waning power.Israel has transferred US military tech to China,Toxic friends indeed.

  • FiuToYou

    The Baltimore Sun Op-Ed. Let’s hear it for the Sun! The fact that they actually allowed the truth on their pages!! Maybe there’s hope for some honest papers after all!!

  • Army Vet 4444

    When Clapper first made his “announcement”, the way he worded his announcement was proof enough to me, he was towing the “party line”, and regurgitating what Obama wanted him to say, and NOT what the truth was. Despicable. Totally despicable.

  • jonbandit

    Disgruntled employees, say the darnedest things……….

  • gininitaly

    These monumental fabricated lies have been going on over the last 104 years since the private bank cartelss and their buddies, the multinational monopolists have been draining the US and the rest of the world of their human right to thrive.



    It still SHOCKS me that people are allowing them selves to be brain washed into thinking the who and HOW it was leaked, is More important than WHAT was leaked and the corruptions it exposed.

  • Kweden

    Actually… In response to the first accusation russia pointed out that the us had done it to them in 2012, and they were merely monitoring for intelligence and security reasons.

    Actually … us intelligence said clearly and pushed Georgey porgy that there were no wmd in Iraq, but Georgey chose to believe saud and qatar intellignece because they are “his friends”, he grew up with them.

    Actually.. the Nsa is not mass-collecting details of every persons’ life in the us etc–it is the private sector doing it, and they are requesting all that information from the private sector that is collecting it. So guess who didn’t lie?

    Actually… there is evidence that russia hacked said systems with traces to their servers, ips, etc.. So did, britain, germany, china, and many others (NONE more than yokel local big wigs … koch)

    Actually… the voting system was hacked and manipulated in both ways (and there is evidence) This is the reason why there were so many more votes in the Wisconsin after the recount, and why there were so many more votes out of Michigan than there were voters. There is evidence of more but it is classified for national security issues.

    Actually… Snowden was working for CIA when he hacked The tail of the nsa intelligence and it was done as a protest to privatizing intelligence. He is probably still working with Cia and probably unleashed a surveilance AI on the world, by spreading it to all the airports and news agencies. [Well, that is supposition that is just soooo believable, especially in consideration of what happened in the early 60’s that it is just too good to not let go–gotta tell somebody.]

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