— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) December 16, 2016
Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
Suffice to say, we think after all the build-up and hysterics about 'Russia hacking the election' (establishing the 'fact' of which was the entire point of Obama's lame duck operation to poison the well of U.S.-Russia detente prior to Trump taking office) the amount of 'evidence' provided has been laughable. The seven page report, most of which is about steps to reduce vulnerabilities to cyber threats, is little more than the circumstantial APT28/FANCY BEAR 'attribution' compiled by the NATO Atlantic Council think tank, Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired firm Crowdstrike. For some reason too, the released report features a laundry list of perhaps NSA generated cutsie code words for various allegedly Russian threat actors, with the overall cyber operation dubbed GRIZZLY STEPPE. Perhaps STALIN HAMMER or VLAD IMPALER were already taken?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 29, 2016
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway, making the rounds on the networks along with White House press secretary designee Sean Spicer (who embarrassed the NYT and CIA by denying that the RNC had been hacked by the Russians or anyone else that could be verified) both admirably stuck to their script -- Obama ought not to try and tie the hands of his successor when it comes to foreign policy, and the timing was politicized:
To ensure U.S.-Russia relations are in tatters before Trump takes office, we're severely punishing Russia. https://t.co/DkFQVqADZm
— U.S. Dept. of Fear (@FearDept) December 29, 2016
Robert Parry reports that the Obama administration still withholds proof of the alleged Russian 'hack,' https://t.co/3Wo7hLEAiH
— Robert Parry (@Consortiumnews) December 30, 2016
US Govt. tolerated a Russian "spy base" 60 miles from DC for 44 years, but Podesta's gmail hack was the final straw? https://t.co/aP72dNZdfU
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 29, 2016
Independent and recently fired by Vice News journalist Michael Tracey (@mtracey) raises another amusing point about this entire diplomatic spat, which is President Obama by executive order shutting down for spying activities a country retreat in Maryland the Russians have used for...45 years. Perhaps, if we take ex-NSA counterintelligence officer turned former U.S. Naval War College professor John R. Schindler at his word, the FBI agents tasked with nearly round the clock surveillance on the place when the Russians were there simply missed the antennae those clever Rooskies buried in their back yard one night in 1985 [as depicted during The Americans Season 4...we kid] to pick up signals headed for Washington or Ft. Meade...and nobody has been the wiser since!
Shutting down RIS "diplomatic" compound in MD makes it more difficult for Russians to collect SIGINT, esp against #NSA. Again, long overdue.
— John Schindler (@20committee) December 29, 2016
— Just Blame Russia🙄 (@greeneyes0084) December 30, 2016
The #NeverTrump cuckservatives like ex-CIA and Goldman Sachs Mormon neocon Evan McMullin have been beating their usual drums all day. Fanatically anti-Trump EU(SSR) propagandists like Jakub Kalensky have also been retweeting jokes about the 'Russian spy base left open at Mar A Lago' (Trump's estate in Florida). Somehow once Trump consligliere Steve Bannon places a few political appointees of his at the State Department or better yet the now disbanded Broadcasting Board of Governors run VOA and RFE/RL, we doubt Jakub will be laughing then. Not when team Trump decides it's time to put the EU bureaucrats in their place...
The Baltic states and the U.S./EU propped up failing state kleptocracy in Kiev are making a big deal of hosting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Mrs. McCain Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this weekend. The latter claimed 99 out of 100 Senators (perhaps a pointed reference to Sen. Rand Paul) accepted the CIA and purported pan-intelligence community assessment that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election in Trump's favor unconditionally. Somehow, given the flaws in the much ballyhooed report and the skepticism revealed by public opinion polls (which also show half of Democrat respondents belief that the Russians actually tampered with voting machines or voter roll databases), we doubt that.
Even if one were to accept the premise that Russian state sponsored hacking of the DNC and John Podesta's (Kiev, Ukraine-based spearphished Gmail account) happened, the CIA/NSA apparently can't demonstrate even in a highly classified setting a chain of custody linking the 'hacked' emails to Wikileaks:
— RT America (@RT_America) December 29, 2016
The Russians for their part, are predictably furious, and have reportedly taken the harsh step of shutting down the Anglo-American school in Moscow that provides primary and secondary schooling for children from 60 countries including the offspring of U.S. and UK diplomats. But since the source of that report is the C(IA)NN/Clinton News Network, take it with a grain of salt as of this hour (12:45 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016).
CNN reports re closing of Anglo-American school in Russia premature, it seems. MFA’s spox Maria Zakharova denies it.
— Oliver Carroll (@olliecarroll) December 30, 2016
While the Russians have also vowed to take retaliatory measures in kind which will almost certainly involve the expulsion of 35 American official covers/diplomats from their country, most of their rhetoric has been focused on Obama himself, not the agencies that delivered the assessment of Kremlin 'election meddling' through hacking. In her video statements, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokeswoman Maria Zakharova spoke about the Obama Administration as a group of 'foreign policy losers, bitter and narrow minded':
‘Not the Russians’: John McAfee talks hacking allegations, cybersecurity with Larry King (VIDEO) https://t.co/2ukWOTsiI4
— RT (@RT_com) December 30, 2016
Interestingly enough, in her video remarks translated with subtitles below Zakharova also made a small reference to the hack of the State of Georgia's electoral database discovered after the election -- an intrusion which the state's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp blamed on Obama's Department of Homeland Security. On December 16 The Hill newspaper dutifully reported DHS' denial and claim that the breach was just an innocent error on the part of one employee, but Mr. Kemp has written to president elect Trump seeking his assistance in opening a federal investigation. It's interesting that Ms. Zakharova took note of the Georgia flap, while also basically saying, together with the Russian Embassy in London, that the present lame duck Administration can't be gone fast enough:
— Ðᴏɴᴀʟᴅ ҎΓΞƵ Ŧʀᴜᴍᴘ (@DonaldPrezTrump) December 24, 2016