US Officially Accuses Russia Of Hacking Democratic Party, State Election Systems

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: the machinery begins to move:


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After months of speculation whether the US would officially accuse Russia of being responsible for various intrusions and hacks, primarily involving the Democratic party, moments ago we finally got the long-anticipated confirmation when the US named Russia as the actor behind the hacking attempts on political organizations and, more importantly, state election systems and accused Putin of carrying out a wide-ranging campaign to interfere with the 2016 elections, including by hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political officials.

In a statement, the US "intelligence community" said that it is “confident” that the Russian government “directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations”, the Department of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence on Election Security said in a joint statement.

The US added that “these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process”.

"We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities," a U.S. government statement said on Friday about hacking of political groups. Alternatively, the activities could have been authorized by some "senior-most" US official, with the intention of creating the first false flag cyberwar.

The statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not blame the Russian government for hacking attempts against state election systems, but said "scanning and probing" of those systems originated in most cases from servers operated by a Russian company.

"These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process," the statement said. "However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government," the statement said.

The accusation, made by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, came as pressure was growing from within the administration and some lawmakers to hold Moscow accountable for a set of actions apparently aimed at sowing discord around the election. Sure enough, the formal attribution to Russia, something that has long been discussed in information security circles, represents a step-up in rhetoric by the Obama administration.

The administration also blamed Moscow for the hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the subsequent leak of private email addresses and cell phone numbers of Democratic lawmakers.  A series of other leaks of hacked material followed, all of which are suspected of being conducted by Russia-sponsored hackers.

Russia has denied any connection to the hacks. As the official statement by the DHS and ODNI notes, the actual party doing the accusation of Russia is the US intelligence community, which as recently as a month ago was breached itself when a domestic "Snowden 2.0", Harold T. Martin, was arrested recently after obtaining and attempting to sell an unknown number of internal NSA programs.

Here is the full statement:

While we are confident that Putin is laughing at this statement and/or threat, a question emerges: since the US has said it would treat cyberattacks by "foreign state powers" as the equivalent of an act of war, will the US now escalate and use this "naming of Russia" as a global master hacker (we assume the recent NSA hack will not be blamed on the Kremlin too, now that an American was arrested), as a pretext to accelerate diplomatic and/or military actions against Russia.

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Countrybunkererd's picture

They really want war with Russia.  Evil.

TRUMP 2016!


PrayingMantis's picture



... oh look! ... distraction ...

froze25's picture

BASED ON WHAT EVIDENCE!!!!?, you bastards are trying to start WW3 because you picked the worst candidate ever to run on the Democrat ticket. Seriously you picked a known criminal with the social appeal of a dead slug. WTF where you thinking and now you want to get us all killed over it. F-U you sick bastards! Anyone with a brain can see that the leaks are most likely coming from the inside! Trump 2016

Lynx Dogood's picture

Every one knows that the Russians hate the DemonicRAT's!!! Proof enough!

froze25's picture

Really because it was a Democrat known as Hillary Clinton that got a ton of money from the Russians in her Foundation then like Magic approved a deal to give the Russians a 20% uranium stake.

anarchitect's picture

What goes around comes around.  The NSA has been hacking everyone in the land for years now.  So how it does feel to be hacked, DNC?  If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear, blah blah blah.

mtl4's picture

Barry O really wants to be able to claim the Nov voting was hacked after Trump gets elected and thus he shall remain US Supreme Emperor until they have time to "investigate fully".

PrayingMantis's picture



... "Russia? Look who’s really in bed with Moscow ... Hillary campaign chief, Clinton Foundation, in deep on international money-laundering" >>> 


MagicHandPuppet's picture

It's all Russia's fault!   Everything!!!  Except the good stuff... O'bummer is responsible for the good  /sarc

Does anyone even believe anything the chief U.S. Moozy-In-charge and his minions say anymore?

Syrin's picture

Can't Putin say it wasn't his intent and he forgot a bunch of times, then the FBI will let him go just like they did with Hillarnazi?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Russia is attempting to influence the American elections, so that America will not go to war with Russia.

Therefore we must go to war with Russia!

All hail Hillary!  #LiberalLogic

The Saint's picture

Bad, bad Ruski's Mr. Putin.  Now go to your room.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Simple Jack says, "that's ruh-ruh-retarded."

Pairadimes's picture

Love it. The crooks complain about the crooks that keep fucking with the plans of the crooks.

The Wizard's picture

Yep, it often takes a con to con a con.

Russia is doing nothing more than trying to keep the Democrats live up to their transparency promise.

Mr. Universe's picture

On the Alphabet radio at the top of the hour is how evil Russia and the Syrian REGIME bombed another hospital in Allepo. John Kerry even came on wondering why they keep targeting these poor people. Evil I tell you, pure evil. John Kerry that is.

Loftie's picture
Loftie (not verified) Mr. Universe Oct 7, 2016 9:49 PM

The US elite is after Putin. There's GOOD REASON why they should be afraid of him.

dlweld's picture

Yeah Kerry says the Russians are doing "indiscriminate bombing" - now why would they do that? Seems a strange waste of ordnance and not forwarding any military objectives. Maybe Kerry really means the discriminate and targetted bombing is just too effective - but can't say that.

mccvilb's picture

It's simply a PC matter. Technically the DNC considers Snowden a Russian. Snowdeniski.

Countrybunkererd's picture

liberal logic.  Isn't that an oxymoron or is it just a group of morons sans logic? 

A Nanny Moose's picture

Ironically, elections are ALL ABOUT PEDDLING INFLUENCE.

Democrats just hate it when Demockracy doesn't work out in their r-Selective favor.

Implied Violins's picture

That logic is more sneaky smart than we realize: eventually, the PTB will use the ruse of 'Russian interference' to secure more of our internet 'freedoms.' Any cyberattack - real or NSA created - will be the end of the free 'net as we know it. Get ready; it may be coming soon.

SoDamnMad's picture

My thinking is this will piss every Russian hacker off and that is one hell of a lot. For their inborn pride and loyalty to mother Russia they will hack every freaking American site;  your PTA, your tennis club, your water company, your power provider.  Russia extends for what 12 times zones. The young men and women in Russia while start hacking the US in Vladivostok when the sun is breaking over Japan and they will continue until the sun sets over St. Peterburg.  They will hack you on the beaches, they will hack you in the landing zones. The will hack you in the fields, forests and mountains. Not a shot will be fired. But they are going to make your life hell.  Bring it on.  Hell, they could cripple the feed from your NCAA basketball games. Hope that pisses the presidentee off. 

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

If they really want to duke it out with Russia, I say let's put Obama or Hillary in the octagon with Putin.  Best man wins.  Leave the US and Russian civilian population and military out of it.

Mr. Universe's picture

I'm pretty sure Putin could take them both out at once. That is unless Hildebeast has a poison blade in her shoe.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Odumbass thinks he causes the sun to rise in the morning.

Handful of Dust's picture

Who cares what Putin does....


Trump called that lady fat!!!

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Chris Dakota (not verified) MagicHandPuppet Oct 7, 2016 3:47 PM

Oh Wow!

On September 16, 2016, someone (name redacted) sent a “secure email” to Patrick Murray, the director of Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI).

Note: On its website, MUPI claims that, “The Monmouth University Poll received an A+ rating from the polling website In 2013, it was the only poll that correctly forecast the outcomes of both the November gubernatorial race and the unprecedented October U.S. Senate contest in New Jersey, leading the Asbury Park Press to call Monmouth’s polling ‘freakishly accurate.’

Uploaded to Scribd, the email is described as an “internal memo leaked from a control agency to the Monmouth Polling Group at Monmouth University ordering them to ‘change the narrative'” because, based on MUPI’s polling data, Hillary Clinton is losing to Donald Trump.

Obtained by, the email describes Democrats as “despondent” about the upcoming Nov. 8 presidential election, akin to how they’d felt about the disastrous campaign of Michael Dukakis. There is a worrisome lack of enthusiasm for Hillary among “minorities” (blacks) and Millennials, who regard Obama as a “failed presidency” and Hillary Clinton as a “lying harpy”.

Note: In Greek mythology, harpy is a rapacious monster with a woman’s head and body and a bird’s wings and claws; a bird of prey with a woman’s face.

Though addressed to the director of Monmouth University’s supposedly scientific Polling Institute, the email is shockingly, unreservedly pro-Democrat and pro-Hillary partisan, elitist, and contemptuous of the “little people”:

  • The email openly talks of polling shenanigans, such as over-sampling liberals at 30%, instead of their actual 12%.
  • The email speaks condescendingly of manipulating “naïve liberals” as useful idiots.
  • The email proposes to concoct a “White People Are Racist” narrative to implant into the psyche of Undecideds — Americans who have not yet decided how they’ll vote.

Even more interesting — and encouraging for us — is the fact that the email admits that voters are a lot smarter and less easily fooled than in 2012, and that the Alternative Media have been successful in penetrating through the MSM’s deliberate obfuscation, as seen in:

  • “Birtherism”: 73% of Americans say they don’t know where Obama was born.
  • A majority of Americans, including Democrats, not just think Hillary Clinton is sick, but “Incredibly sick. Probably infectious and terminal.”
  • A majority of Americans, including Democrats, think blacks support Hillary for free goodies like phones and tablets.
  • More Americans think Hillary is secretly supporting ISIS than not.
  • A majority, including Democrats, believe that Hillary had called ALL Trump-supporters “deplorables”.
  • The MSM are in cahoots with Hillary and the Democrats.
  • "If these results hold, we are seeing a complete fracture in the national narrative. Hillary’s messaging has failed and her intentions are being read as subtext-for-text. Under these conditions it will be impossible to win a general election."

  • The Liberal base is demoralized—-but will become more enthusiastic the more Hillary is seen as an iconoclast who will overturn the last foundations of Western Culture (as such, links to corruption and even outright crimes are seen as a positive rather than a negative). On the reverse side, the media has not been able to convince most of America that these allegations are false (the dual-channels have, unfortunately, merged and the conservative news firewall has broken down). The messaging to liberals is being consumed by middle America and they, for obvious reasons, do not like it.

    The email then concludes on an ominous note, hinting that “more drastic measures” will have to be taken if the pattern of Hillary losing continues:

    "If the above responses hold for major swing states more drastic measures will be needed and we will need to begin preparations sooner rather than later."

Jimmy Jimmereeno's picture

Yes, the Establishment (both R & D) know that Clinton is going down in the polls.  They know that Trump is going to trounce her in the upcoming townhall debate (sic).  They must lay the groundwork now for either her gen'l election fail or for a rationalization to tamper with the Nov 8 voting.  Whichever, and I'm betting on the latter, next month is going to be ugly.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Chris Dakota Oct 7, 2016 4:45 PM

Oh Lord.......

what a rabbit hole I fell into, I am afraid to even go the site.

If you have the nuts you can while the password is still good.

RetreatResearch: Assassination Markets

Back in about 1992, someone published the idea of a "market" in Assassination. The concept was simple: people would make anonymous donations in the "name" of a target. When the donations were high enough, a freelance assassin could commit the killing and cash in the pot. In fact, someone tried to set this up on the Dark Web a while ago (it didn't last).


What Retreat Research is running is a private assassination market where select users can pay in, with Bit Coin, and nominate targets. When the user-base (they are organized into "teams") has paid enough to meet the threshold, an assassin can collect.


The way assassins collect is by submitting a SHA-256 Hash code--a string of numbers and letters--that can be used to validate a specific datetime and target. If the kill happens at that time (the hash is encrypted) the assassin gets paid.


What we see is tens of thousands of dollars being funneled towards the killing of everyone who has ever crossed the Clinton Campaign. Look at these screen-caps:

East Indian's picture

This looks more like a wishlist. Is this really what it pretends to be? - a murderer's market?

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) Chris Dakota Oct 8, 2016 6:51 AM

Totally un-fuckin' believable Chris.

If you weren't on a minimum 55+ abc-/ international intelligence agencies 'watch list', you sure as hell are on absolutely everyone-who-counts-list now.

That's for sure.

Good Work kid.

BTW, Nice Name.

;)  X-

847328_3527's picture
“If you want to become an Islamist radical and are ready to undergo circumcision, then I invite you to Moscow. we have a multi-confessional country and we have specialists on this issue. I would recommend them to do the surgery in such a way that it would never grow back.”  Putin is a real man who protects his citizens, unlike limp-wristed Kenyan Bath House Barry.

nmewn's picture

You and Hillary have defined half the country as "bitter clingers & les deplorables" so we really don't give a shit what either of you say.

Killer the Buzzard's picture

Homeland security (70% of whom are named Sheniqua or LaShonda) given responsibility for the elections a few weeks ago.  What a coincidence!  See where this is going?

eatthebanksters's picture

Obozo, the evil clown, is so bent on keeping his legacy intact that he is willing to risk war with Russia.  I wonder what the Nobel society things of our porf POTUS now?

Viva le Trump!!!


Countrybunkererd's picture

Yes.  TRUMP 2016! But:

Trump is one man.  As jean moulin(see image) would say: Viva la resistance!

eatthebanksters's picture

Desperation in the White House...

Fisherman Blue's picture

No, I hate that little punk A Marxist and I never beleived a word he said.

Fisherman Blue's picture

No, I hate that little punk A Marxist and I never beleived a word he said.

Anasteus's picture

It's quite clear what's going on here. They want to use the propaganda as a pretext for manipulation and falsification of election results.

jialins's picture

You are wrong. It is always, fundamentally, persistently, inevatiable, indisputably, and permenently Russia's fault

johngaltfla's picture

So when does the DNC get charged for voter fraud for registering and illegally filling out absentee ballots for dead people and illegal aliens?

When does the DNC get exposed for putting pre-programmed Diebold voting machines in disputed/contested districts?

Russia is hardly the problem, the problem is obvioius:


The two parties are so corrupt they actually make the Russian actions seem sane.

RiverRoad's picture

What?  Offing Scalia wasn't enough?

Justin Case's picture

Ah mericans are just moar sensative and have moar to hide..

Handful of Dust's picture

Americans evidently need moar 'safe spaces' from outside 'microaggressives.'


I'm surprised the media has not ofund a away to spin this claiming Putin is 'rayciss.'

Parrotile's picture

The System is planning for a "Win-Win" scenario with this delight.


1. Hillary's polling is abysmal (so bad that even "the very best manipulation money can afford" is unable to conceal this. Trot out "Russian 'Hackers' hijacked the polls", and demand  another ballot (with Dear Leader retaining power in the interim, however long that'll be) - the "New Ballot" being engineered to provide the "desired result", possibly via a "Rinse & Repeat" mechanism ("we'll keep voting until we get the result we need").


2. Hillary "Wins" (courtesy of rampant voter fraud - multiple voting, dead people / unregistered 'voters' / illegal immigrants voting (multiple times), "votes being 'lost' " and other imaginative ways that the result may be "suitably adjusted"). Trot out "praise" for the "Amazing Effort" by the NSA / CIA / whoever, "preventing Russian Interference" - and ensure the silence of those tasked by a substantial "Performance Bonus" for "maintaining American Democracy".