NSA Whistleblower Destroys Obama's Russia Narrative - "Hard Evidence Points To An Inside Leak, Not Hacking"

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A group of retired senior intelligence officials, including the NSA whistleblower William Binney (former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA), have posted an open letter on consortiumnews.com that destroys the Obama administration's "Russian hacking" narrative.  Within the letter, Binney argues that, thanks to the NSA's "extensive domestic data-collection network," any data removed remotely from Hillary Clinton or DNC servers would have passed over fiber networks and therefore would have been captured by the NSA who could have then analyzed packet data to determine the origination point and destination address of those packets.  As Binney further notes, the only way the leaks could have avoided NSA detection is if they were never passed over fiber networks but rather downloaded to a thumb drive by someone with internal access to servers.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack. Here’s the difference between leaking and hacking:


Leak: When someone physically takes data out of an organization and gives it to some other person or organization, as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning did.


Hack: When someone in a remote location electronically penetrates operating systems, firewalls or any other cyber-protection system and then extracts data.


All signs point to leaking, not hacking. If hacking were involved, the National Security Agency would know it – and know both sender and recipient.


In short, since leaking requires physically removing data – on a thumb drive, for example – the only way such data can be copied and removed, with no electronic trace of what has left the server, is via a physical storage device.


Again, NSA is able to identify both the sender and recipient when hacking is involved. Thanks largely to the material released by Edward Snowden, we can provide a full picture of NSA’s extensive domestic data-collection network including Upstream programs like Fairview, Stormbrew and Blarney. These include at least 30 companies in the U.S. operating the fiber networks that carry the Public Switched Telephone Network as well as the World Wide Web. This gives NSA unparalleled access to data flowing within the U.S. and data going out to the rest of the world, as well as data transiting the U.S.


In other words, any data that is passed from the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or of Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) – or any other server in the U.S. – is collected by the NSA.  These data transfers carry destination addresses in what are called packets, which enable the transfer to be traced and followed through the network.



Binney further notes that the manner in which the media's "sources" are equivocating by using phrases like "our best guess" implies that the NSA has not been able to trace the Hillary or DNC "hacks" across fiber networks.  And, since the NSA tracks basically every packet that travels across U.S. networks, Binney concludes that it's effectively impossible that the WikiLeaks data came from a "hack."

The bottom line is that the NSA would know where and how any “hacked” emails from the DNC, HRC or any other servers were routed through the network. This process can sometimes require a closer look into the routing to sort out intermediate clients, but in the end sender and recipient can be traced across the network.


The various ways in which usually anonymous spokespeople for U.S. intelligence agencies are equivocating – saying things like “our best guess” or “our opinion” or “our estimate” etc. – shows that the emails alleged to have been “hacked” cannot be traced across the network. Given NSA’s extensive trace capability, we conclude that DNC and HRC servers alleged to have been hacked were, in fact, not hacked.


The evidence that should be there is absent; otherwise, it would surely be brought forward, since this could be done without any danger to sources and methods. Thus, we conclude that the emails were leaked by an insider – as was the case with Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Such an insider could be anyone in a government department or agency with access to NSA databases, or perhaps someone within the DNC.

Asked why intelligence sources would be leaking such dangerous allegations without proof, Binney echoed our thoughts that they're simply "concocting these things to support the existing administration and to also support the move toward a new Cold War.”  Per RT:

“Certainly, that’s behind some of it. Hillary Clinton and a number of people were going that way, and certainly the military intelligence complex fosters that because that means for a “new Cold War” trillions of dollars going into the coffers of those people, they would certainly be advocates for this thing. There is a lot of vested interest to keep this kind of thing going,” Binney added.


“If the CIA is alleging a different story, they need to produce the evidence like they did on the Chinese hack,” Binney said. “There is no reason to withhold this kind of information, especially if they can prove it and so far as I can see they won’t even brief the House Intelligence Committee on the evidence they are using to make this statement. That tells me that what they are saying is a pack of crap.”


“That are just concocting these things to support the existing administration and to also support the move toward a new Cold War.”

Alas, who needs "hard evidence" when baseless narratives are so much fun?

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buzzsaw99's picture

god help me i'm starting to like the nsa

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) buzzsaw99 Dec 16, 2016 1:25 PM

Seth Rich

Looney's picture


0bama is a whistleblower himself – he used to blow Reggie’s whistle twice a day.   ;-)


NEOCON1's picture

TWICE a day? More like a professional jazz player....8-10 a night!!!

Syrin's picture

Someone needs to collect the evidence from this guy before he has a fatal nail gun accident.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Syrin Dec 16, 2016 4:21 PM

Did a composit chart between Seth Rich and Hillary.

Grand Cross

Pluto (death) Mars (gun) Mercury/Lucifer (messages/mail) Uranus/Eris (computer/female destroyer)

Seth had Moon Scorpio he was digging up the truth.

She killed him, but before she gave him a promotion to work on her campaign (2 days) so we wouldn't suspect her.

Vatican_cameo's picture


"TWICE a day? More like a professional jazz player....8-10 a night!!!"

So where does the Wookie fit in, around the back?

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Obama's temper tantrums due to going out with a shitty legacy are driving him insane and making enemies with most of the important inteligence services - military, fbi, nsa. that's highly unrecommend, it shows desperation behind borderline, taking that risk vs a tiny chance to diverge his master's agenda failure into a global nuclear conflict.

Perimetr's picture

If it weren't for all these Russian propaganda websites

I wouldn't know what was actually going on in the US.


Turbo_diesel's picture

RT is the best place to learn actual US foreign policy. The worst Russian propganda I have ever seen on RT America was the coverage of Ukraine being analogous to US coverage of Iraq circa 2003... for the most part it is the closest thing we have to real news channel.

JRobby's picture

I think this one has been riddled with bullets at this point.

BUT! Oblivio will speak soon and there is still 60 or 70 hours left until "The Electors" vote.

So get ready for some more desperate stories to emerge. Keep your sound up because  "Laugh Track Deafening" can be enjoyed now.

Winston Churchill's picture

Untraceable Bitcoin my arse.

Its a data packet.

Is Fonestar around ?

7point62's picture

As far as I know, bitcoin transactions are stored in the blockchain. The blockchain is braodcast to all the peers. The blockchain information is in the packets, not the bitcoin origin and destination. So the packets are trackable, but not the bitcoins. I am not advocating bitcoin, just trying to clarify.

Bad Attitude's picture

My basic analysis is this: The Obama White House always lies. The Russians didn't do it.

Besides, a thoroughly compromised Hildabeast would have been far more useful to Putin than an independently minded Trump. I can't wait for Trump to evict Obama from the White House.

Forward (over the cliff)!

booboo's picture

Solo Skin Flue player in the District Of Columbia Pedoharmonics


An NSA whistleblower? Isn't that like jumbo shrimp?

SilverRhino's picture

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.   But it is nice to see the NSA doing it's job.  Protecting the USA

frank H's picture

from what? we haven't had a REAL enenmy since WWII?

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

The NSA is basically a giant data vacuum that sucks up information, but the geniuses a Langley is purely a political service to the 'right' people.....

DosZap's picture

AND Proving YET again Obama is a BUCKET MOUTHED LIAR.

Tall Tom's picture





There is an internal fight between the NSA and CIA.


I do not like either as they are both bad axtors.


You can choose the lesser of two evils if you please. Just be aware that you shall reap the evil which you sow by your choices. God shall not be mocked.


(Now I'd abstain from choosing evil. But that is me...)

chunga's picture

The lies are now getting so outrageous that gov could go *overtly* totalitarian at any time.

consider me gone's picture

Outlawing "fake news" sure seems like the beginning of something treacherous.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Agree. Like everything else in the era of the information high tech. CIA represents the old, outdated ways of doing the inteligence business but they are the old king still on the trone. NSA represent the new, adequated to the times way of doing intelligence business - they are the prince wanting the old king's highly prized toys & privileges :)

Cynicles's picture

This guy is merely trying to confuse the matter by bringing facts into the story.

Bluntly Put's picture

NSA = good cop
CIA = bad cop

dexter_morgan's picture

C'mon Buzz....don't go getting carried away......

justin423's picture

Uh, the CIA is alleging that the data was stolen from the DNC by a IT contractor, who was probably an FSB agent. 

and fyi, while the data wasn't downloaded, the NSA knows sure as sh*t that the DNC servers were hacked from inside Russia by the dukes, and so they knew exactly what to steal once they had physical access. 

Assange is full of it. His source was an FSB agent.



Sean7k's picture

You have your stories mixed up. The IT contractor was from Homeland security and the data was from the State of Georgia, USA.

What a shill. Did you even read what you wrote? "Alleging" and "probably" an FSB agent. If the NSA has that info, then let them provide it, otherwise you are just full of shit.

justin423's picture

Uh, the CIA is alleging that the data was stolen from the DNC by a IT contractor, who was probably an FSB agent. 

and fyi, while the data wasn't downloaded, the NSA knows sure as sh*t that the DNC servers were hacked from inside Russia by the dukes, and so they knew exactly what to steal once they had physical access. 

Assange is full of it. His source was an FSB agent.



Infinite QE's picture

Lies. The only thing jews create. Oh, and fake money.

Theta_Burn's picture

Finally.. some truth and patriotism.

Now about those miffed donors, look no farther than yourselves and the chodes you bet on..

Automatic Choke's picture


(stay away from Home Depot, buddy)....

Tall Tom's picture




How did you like the instantaneous transcontinental telephone transmission between Hannity and Assange?


We need to send someone over to Fox Communications right now as they've figured out how to exceed Light Speed.


LOL, Damn I hate how Hannity stages bullshit and I am pleased that he does not understand Physics.

Emergency Ward's picture

There is a lot of undersea fiber-optic cable between London and New York.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Tall Tom Dec 16, 2016 2:02 PM

I was on the phone with a clerk, in London, last week. The line was crystal clear and there was no delay. Sounded like the guy was next door.

Frito's picture

You would only get the delay if it was a satellite link.  Much,  much shorter travel distance for terrestrial fibre 

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Yeah but what is real is so many Americans minds in not real proof of what is proclaimed (911, for example) but how many times they hear it on so many different outlets.  The more you hear the same story, the truer it becomes.

Atomizer's picture

The asshole negro clown in WH will bury himself in about 50 minute. He's never punctual, especially when they are redrafting the last minute speech to fit a bogus narrative.

c2nnib2l's picture

let's wait for Barack Husein Obama. Let's see what he is going to deliver within the hour. Evidence or some HARSH words not supported by anything apart from "THEY SAID" "HE SAID" and "WE SHOULD" yes we can

Akzed's picture

He's gonna refer to himself
>300 or
<300 times?

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 16, 2016 1:31 PM

This is one guy I respect and trust. You would think the government would have learned their lesson about thumb drives after Manning's little escapades. Apparently not. Oh well.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

None of the usb drives at my place of employment can be written to without admin privilege. Very simple, effective, minimal security. Apparently an unneccessary bother if you are above the law.

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HRH Feant (not verified) Oliver Klozoff Dec 16, 2016 1:59 PM

I remember playing a PC game with a young person seven-ish years ago. The kid would have to log off because of parental controls. Daddy dearest had a large movie collection and used to spend a lot of time in his office, alone so daddy knew about the dangers of the Internet and thought he was being smart setting up time parameters for his son on this game. Until the kid learned how to manipulate those parameters and reset them so that when daddy dearest was out of the house his son could play that PC game as long as he wanted. I am guessing "admin privilege" wouldn't stop that kid, today. Nor a lot of others, either.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

All the kids that try that there end up losing their job and face potential criminal charges. Your dad may have been a smart feller but i'll bet he didn't have hundreds of snoops that record every keystroke.

Incredibly, the head of net security says most dismissals involve porn.