— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) December 31, 2016
— Lionel (@LionelMedia) December 31, 2016
@MarkAmesExiled Russians have weaponized our stupidity.
— Kleptosclerosis (@Kleptosclerosis) December 31, 2016
Russia Weaponized Some Americans' Stupidity: Or How 50%+ of Polled Democrats Came to Believe Vlad Through Telekenesis Hacked Their Paper Ballots in Michigan for Trump
If the goal of these steady drip drip of leaks is to de-legitimize the president elect, or cast doubt on the validity of the election that 'Vlad hacked', the legacy media has managed to convince over 50% of Democratic voters in one poll that the Russians did in fact 'hack the election' -- notwithstanding the heavy reliance on paper ballots in places like Michigan. For everyone else who isn't drinking the #NeverTrump koolaid, the debacle in Vermont by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 'sources' that the Washington Post initially couldn't bother to check with the allegedly hacked utility itself have hurt the Russian Hackers Everywhere Narrative. As Matt Taibbi, who actually lived in Moscow for years while running The eXile alternative/crude humor newspaper wrote, something about the 'Russians hacking' the election story stinks. Matt Drudge linked to the Rolling Stone piece by Taibbi, who emphasized his personal loathing of both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, making it go viral in another example of why the presstitutes hate Drudge (since they don't control him). Perhaps not coincidentally after Drudge was featured as among the top enemies on the 'Russian propaganda useful idiots' list assembled by The Washington Post-promoted Ukro-trolls of @PropOrNot, someone likely DDOS'd the Drudge Report for a few hours this past week.
Murray/Binney talk holes in Russiadunnit DNC leaks scenario https://t.co/IfNm4Mb5xS - US Congress want to invite Binney/Murray
— chinahand (@chinahand) December 31, 2016
Piling on with more skepticism about the Democratic National Committee hack story and the weak circumstantial 'evidence' involving off the shelf hacking exploits being used for it, has been The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald. Naturally Greenwald is still the subject of vitriol on the part of many in mainstream media and National Security Agency mouthpieces for his support of exiled in Russia leaker Edward Snowden. Greenwald is also viewed -- somewhat without nuance, since he's also criticized the indiscriminate nature of Julian Assange's publication of hacked emails -- as a defender of Wikileaks. WL's adviser former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray says he personally received the DNC leaked data in a Washington area park, and if the Russians did hack the Democrats they provided nothing to WL.
As the Russia Analyst wrote earlier this month, Murray's passionate argument that whatever WL published about the DNC or John Podesta did not come from the Russians is bolstered by the total absence of any released evidence, despite 24/7 GCHQ electronic if not human surveillance of Julian Assange for years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, that Assange is in contact with any Russian intelligence officers. (Yes John R. Schindler aka @20Committee and British fan gal @LouiseMensch, we're still waiting on that proof from GCHQ you'll insist releasing would 'compromise sources and methods', as if the Ecuadorians don't know the Brits can tap the fiber cables into an Embassy). The fact that the UK Guardian which played a key part in publicizing the early Snowden leaks is now resorting to falsifying quotes from Assange shows the considerable pressure Her Majesty's Government and Washington can bring to bear on mainstream media outlets that step out of line and don't do as they're told.
There's a reason the institutional Democrat Party hacks and presstitute talking heads hate debating Greenwald on their programs, because he makes them look like fools -- whatever else you want to say about GG he is a formidable debator and investigator:
Glenn Greenwald and Jeffrey Carr vs. the Crowdstrike/MSM Narrative
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) December 31, 2016
Alperovitch and the Foreign Funded G(CC)lobalist NATO Think Tank, the Atlantic Council:
Or a Sneak Preview from 2013 of How Trump Will Fight Back Against Foreign Funded Adversaries Trying to Sabotage a New Foreign Policy in 2017
As previously mentioned by the Russia Analyst on this site, Greenwald's source Jeffrey Carr has been a persistent critic of the Democratic National Committee-hired group Crowdstrike and its not as competent as he pretends in cybersecurity CEO Dmitry Alperovitch. Who is, as we've previously pointed out, a Soviet born American citizen whose parents left Russia during the early 1990s and thereby may hold some grudge against their former homeland which left them, like millions of other highly educated Russians, impoverished after the Soviet collapse. Alperovitch also sits on the board of the Atlantic Council which is funded by the military industrial complex and foreign governments to represent NATO as its non-profit advocacy tank voice in Washington.
In 2013, when the question of the Atlantic Council accepting Saudi and Qatari funding came up during the fight over Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination to Secretary of Defense, the Atlantic Council's then President and CEO Fred Kempe insisted claims that foreign entities exerted a questionable influence over his organization to buy American Mideast policy with petrodollars were ridiculous.
Nonetheless, the Russia Analyst hopes in 2017 as the Atlantic Council attacks Donald J. Trump's policy of detente with the Russian Federation, a Trump White House will have the guts to go after their Saudi and Qatari funding and its influence over the consistently anti-Russian, pro-Syria jihadi messaging coming out of the AC and other 'think tanks' -- and whether such ties to governments on opposite sides of the Syrian proxy war to Russia should cause the public to question the motivations of AC's fellows and board members, including Alperovitch. We should note for example, that Breitbart's Joel Pollak (whose name the AC misspells as Joel Pollack for some reason) back in 2013 questioned the ample funding of the Saudi-funded Sunni Muslim Hariri family of Lebanon to the AC's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, a consistent champion of the Syria jihadist cause with some family members also expressing public support for Hamas:
This CNN contributor's sponsors: Turkey Army College, Turkey Petroleum Corporation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, SOCAR... pic.twitter.com/pGebbVXl33
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) November 4, 2016
As the German blogger 'b' at Moon of Alabama writes, the collapse of the 'Russian state sponsored hackers hit the Vermont power grid story' in turn, damages the credibility of the DNC emails being the result of a hack and not an insider leak fable being pushed by a politicized CIA through its primary mouthpieces for the last several decades, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
With the latest Russian hacking story falling apart due to the fact that the easily downloadable (from a site that says proudly 'Made in Ukraine' no less) malware could've been used by any teenage script kiddie rather than the best hackers on the planet who work for the GRU/SVR/FSB, some dissenting voices in Congress like Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) feel more emboldened to challenge the '17 intelligence agencies consensus' Narrative head on. And the legacy media including some of the talking heads on the 'conservative'' Fox News Channel can't have that -- especially when other Trump friendly outlets like The Daily Caller or especially the hated Steve Bannon-linked Breitbart News can exploit the breach with further questioning of the Narrative:
— Skverno (@Skvern0) December 31, 2016
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) January 1, 2017